Hamill, Alfred E. (Alfred Ernest), 1884-1953

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Chicago businessman and book collector.

Alfred Ernest Hamill, a Chicago investment banker, was the founder of the Centaurs Press in Lake Forest, Illinois. He was a trustee of the Newberry Library, serving as President of the Trustees from 1930 until his death in 1953. A distinguished collector, he bequeathed his calligraphy collection and his gypsy lore materials to the Newberry, and established the Alfred E. Hamill Fund for the purchase of rare books and manuscripts.

From the description of Alfred E. Hamill letters to Kenneth Meyer Setton, 1944-1946. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 585901039

Chicago and Lake Forest investment banker, book collector, philanthropist, and president of the Newberry Library Board of Trustees, 1929-1953.

Alfred Ernest Hamill was born in Chicago in 1883. He graduated from Yale University in 1905 and resided in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he was founder of the Centaur Press. His business career began at the Northern Trust Company and ended at Goldman, Sachs, and Company. A trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital and Chicago Child Care Society, vice-president of the Art Institute of Chicago, and president of the Lake Forest Public Library and the Newberry Library boards of trustees, Hamill's philanthropic activities were wide-ranging. He died in 1953. He bequeathed his calligraphy collection and gypsy lore materials to the Newberry Library and established the Alfred E. Hamill Fund for the purchase of books and manuscripts.

From the description of Alfred E. Hamill papers, 1856-1967, bulk 1937-1953. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 52905727

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Walker, James W. [A collection of 60 miscellaneous bookplates formed by Dr. James W. Walker of Chicago, including 8 of Alfred E. Hamill's with typewritten note of identification] Newberry Library
creatorOf Hamill, Alfred E. (Alfred Ernest), 1884-1953. Alfred E. Hamill letters to Kenneth Meyer Setton, 1944-1946. Newberry Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Material by and about Warren Chappell inserted in books in his library, 1964-1980. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Warren Chappell book layouts for a proposed Christmas book on commission for Alfred E. Hamill, 1949-1967, bulk 1949. Newberry Library
creatorOf Cateigne, Auguste. Miscellaneous calligraphic manuscripts, in part from the collection of Alfred E. Hamill, [between 1500 and 1999]. Newberry Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hamill, Alfred E. (Alfred Ernest), 1884-1953. Alfred E. Hamill papers, 1856-1967, bulk 1937-1953. Newberry Library
creatorOf Newberry Library. Board of Trustees. Library - Trustee business correspondence, 1925-1966. Newberry Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell [manuscript], 1870-1994. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf John M. Wing Foundation. Detterer, Ernst F. - Administrative subject files, 1921-1947 (bulk 1931-1947). Newberry Library
creatorOf Utley, George Burwell, 1876-1946. Papers, 1879-1946 (bulk 1920-1946) Newberry Library
creatorOf Bessier, Francesco. [Writing book fragments and other printed calligraphic materials], 1533-1943. Newberry Library
referencedIn T. M. Cleland Papers, 1880-1964, (bulk 1920-1963) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964. [Electrotype printing plates for Oakley Fund bookplate] [realia] / C. Newberry Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Material by and about Warren Chappell inserted in books in his library [manuscript], 1964-1980. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Centaur Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964. person
correspondedWith Fredericks, Alexandra, b. 1897 person
associatedWith Gypsy Lore Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith John M. Wing Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
correspondedWith Setton, Kenneth M. (Kenneth Meyer), 1914-1995 person
associatedWith University of Liverpool. corporateBody
associatedWith Utley, George Burwell, 1876-1946. person
associatedWith Walker, James W. person
associatedWith Willoughby, Véra, d. 1939. person
correspondedWith Yates, Dora Esther, b. 1879 person
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Athens (Greece)
Illinois--Chicago
Yorkshire (England)
Liverpool (England)
France
England--Liverpool
Illinois--Chicago
England--Yorkshire
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Romanies
World War, 1914-1918--War work--Red Cross
Manuscripts, American
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives
Adultery
Love-letters
Manuscripts--English
Man-woman relationships--History--20th century--Sources
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
Librarians--Correspondence
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Birth 1884

Death 1953

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