Tober, Frank W., 1919-1995

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Frank W. Tober was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. As a youth, he was an avid reader who enjoyed history and literature, but he was particularly interested in the sciences. Following his graduation from high school in 1937, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941. He subsequently received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1948. Tober went on to have a long, successful career with the Du Pont Company.

From the description of Frank W. Tober papermaking and paper samples collection, circa 1050, 1850-1993, bulk 1920-1990. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 502287405

Frank W. Tober (1919-1995) was a chemical engineer with a substantial personal interest in the study of rare books, printing, Napoleon and the French Revolution, and, in particular, literary forgery.

Frank W. Tober was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. As a youth, he was an avid reader who enjoyed history and literature, but he was particularly interested in the sciences. Following his graduation from high school in 1937, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941. He subsequently received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1948. Tober went on to have a long, successful career with the Du Pont Company.

Dr. Tober maintained a wide range of book collecting interests, including the history of printing and publishing, the history of papermaking and the manufacture of paper, the era of Napoleon and the French Revolution, and contemporary fine printing and book arts. However, the cornerstone of Dr. Tober's personal library was his collection on literary forgery, which includes examples of forgeries from all periods.

Dr. Tober bequeathed his collection to the University of Delaware Library following his death on June 24, 1995. The Frank W. Tober collection comprises nearly four thousand books and periodicals, hundreds of manuscripts and papers, and a variety of other materials, including artwork and ephemera.

From the guide to the Frank W. Tober papers, 1791-1995, 1945-1995, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Frank W. Tober was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. As a youth, he was an avid reader who enjoyed history and literature, but he was particularly interested in the sciences. Following his graduation from high school in 1937, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941. He subsequently received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1948. Tober went on to have a long, successful career with the Du Pont Company.

Dr. Tober maintained a wide range of book collecting interests, including the history of printing and publishing, the history of papermaking and the manufacture of paper, the era of Napoleon and the French Revolution, and contemporary fine printing and book arts. However, the cornerstone of Dr. Tober's personal library was his collection on literary forgery, which includes examples of forgeries from all periods.

Dr. Tober bequeathed his collection to the University of Delaware Library following his death on June 24, 1995. The Frank W. Tober collection comprises nearly four thousand books and periodicals, hundreds of manuscripts and papers, and a variety of other materials, including artwork and ephemera.

From the guide to the Frank W. Tober papermaking and paper samples collection, circa 1050, 1850–1993, 1920–1990, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Frank W. Tober (1919-1995) was a chemical engineer with a substantial personal interest in the study of literary forgery.

Frank W. Tober was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. As a youth, he was an avid reader who enjoyed history and literature, but he was particularly interested in the sciences. Following his graduation from high school in 1937, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941. He subsequently received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1948. Tober went on to have a long, successful career with the DuPont Company.

Dr. Tober maintained a wide range of book collecting interests, including the history of printing and publishing, the history of papermaking and the manufacture of paper, the era of Napoleon and the French Revolution, and contemporary fine printing and book arts. However, the cornerstone of Dr. Tober's personal library was his collection on literary forgery, which includes examples of forgeries from all periods.

Dr. Tober bequeathed his collection to the University of Delaware Library following his death on June 24, 1995. The Frank W. Tober collection comprises nearly four thousand books and periodicals, hundreds of manuscripts and papers, and a variety of other materials, including artwork and ephemera.

From the guide to the Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery, 1801-1994, 1920-1990, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Frank W. Tober was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. As a youth, he was an avid reader who enjoyed history and literature, but he was particularly interested in the sciences. Following his graduation from high school in 1937, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941. He subsequently received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1948. Frank went on to have a long, successful career as a chemist with the Du Pont Company.

Dr. Tober maintained a wide range of book collecting interests including the history of printing and publishing, the history of papermaking and the manufacture of paper, the era of Napoleon and the French Revolution, and contemporary fine printing and the book arts. But the cornerstone of Dr. Tober's personal library was his collection on literary forgery. Frank Tober assembled a fascinating collection of examples of forgeries from all periods.

Dr. Tober bequeathed his collection to the University of Delaware Library following his death on June 24, 1995. The Frank W. Tober Collection is comprised of nearly four thousand books and periodicals, hundreds of manuscripts and papers, and a variety of other materials, including artwork and ephemera.

Information derived from the collection.

From the guide to the Frank W. Tober French Revolutionary-Era Song Sheets and Pamphlets, 1789–1794, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Frank W. Tober papers, 1791-1995, 1945-1995 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery, 1801-1994, 1920-1990 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Frank W. Tober French Revolutionary-Era Song Sheets and Pamphlets, 1789–1794 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Tober, Frank W., 1919-1995. Frank W. Tober papermaking and paper samples collection, circa 1050, 1850-1993, bulk 1920-1990. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
creatorOf Frank W. Tober papermaking and paper samples collection, circa 1050, 1850–1993, 1920–1990 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bird & Bull Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Curtis Paper Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Fleck, Robert. person
associatedWith Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917 person
associatedWith Guelker, Francis T., 1922- person
associatedWith Institute of Paper Chemistry (Appleton, Wis.) corporateBody
associatedWith Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 person
associatedWith Oak Knoll Books (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Pickering Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Pucca Press corporateBody
associatedWith Tober, Ellen Brady. person
associatedWith Todd, William B. person
associatedWith Wise, Louise. person
associatedWith Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Marbled papers--20th century--Specimens
Papermaking--History--20th century--Sources
Bookbinding--20th century--Specimens
Literary forgeries and mystifications--Specimens
Literary forgeries and mystifications--History--20th century
Literary forgeries and mystifications--Exhibitions
Book collectors--20th century
Paper, Handmade--20th century--Specimens
Literary forgeries and mystifications--History--19th century
Papermakers--20th century--Specimens
Paper--Sample books--20th century
Papermaking science and technology--20th century--Sources
Collectors and collecting--20th century
Paper--Sample Books--20th century--Specimens
Literary forgeries and mystifications
France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799
Paper, Handmade--19th century--Specimens
Occupation
Collector
Bookbinders
Papermakers
Chemists (scientists)
Printer
Function

Person

Birth 1919-07-25

Death 1995-06-24

German,

Italian,

English

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