Papers, 1887-1931.


Papers, 1887-1931.

This collection contains Smith's correspondence and records, 1887-1931. Several letters were addressed to his daughter and assistant, Amy G. Smith ( - ) following his death in 1929. The majority of correspondents were clients ordering book-plates to be designed and engraved by Smith in Boston. Their letters contain detailed design suggestions, drawings, and questions concerning projected costs and printing procedures. Smith's clients included several notable book and engravings collectors, such as Joseph Manuel Andreini (1850-1932) and William Loring Andrews (1837-1920) of New York, Susan Janney Allen ( - ) of Moorestown, N.J., Ruthven Deane (1851-1934) of Chicago, Ill., and Harry Worcester Smith (1865-1945) and Dr. Charles Lemuel Nichols (1851-1929) of Worcester, Mass. Also numbered among Smith's clients were many college libraries, public libraries, historical and research societies, publishing houses, bookstores, and collectors' clubs, such as the Club of Odd Volumes and the Society of Iconophiles. The collection also consists of business correspondence from editors of journals concerning publication of Smith's book-plate lists and designs, e.g.--Harry Alfred Fowler (1889- ), editor of The Ex Libran and The Miscellany of Kansas City, Mo. Box 1 contains a record book kept by Smith with brief entries describing correspondence concerning book-plate orders received by him during the period 1899 to 1928.

6 boxes.

Related Entities

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Smith, Amy G. (person)

Smith, Harry Worcester, 1865-1945 (person)

Harry Worcester Smith (1865-1945) of Worcester and North Grafton, Mass., was a textile machinery inventor, financier, author, and internationally famous horseman. From the description of Papers, 1925-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207170793 Smith was one of the pre-eminent sportsmen of his day; master of several hunts; first American to be master of an English hunt; founder of the Masters of Foxhounds Association; author of "A sporting tour through Ireland, England, Wa...

Smith, Sidney Lawton, 1845-1929 (person)

Smith was a well known bookplate designer and engraver based in Boston. William Loring Andrews was a book collector, amateur publisher, writer and a founding member of the Grolier Club. He wrote or compiled over twenty books about prints, book collecting, and the book arts with emphasis on the era of George Washington and on New York City. From the description of Letters and engravings related to work commissioned by William Loring Andrews, 1901-1917 (bulk 1901-1905). (Unknown). Worl...

Allen, Susan Janney. (person)

Deane, Ruthven, 1851-1934. (person)

Club of Odd Volumes. (corporateBody)

Society of Iconophiles (corporateBody)

The Society of Iconophiles was formed in 1894 by William Loring Andrews (1837-1920), a member of the Grolier Club. Its stated purpose was to issue series of engraved views of New York City and portraits of prominent persons connected with New York City. Each series of engravings was issued in an edition of 101. Eleven of these were proofs before letter, which were signed by the engraver. The plates were destroyed after this first printing. The Society initially limited itself to ten members, eac...

Andreini, Joseph Manuel, 1850-1932. (person)

Fowler, Alfred, 1889- (person)

Andrews, William Loring, 1837-1920 (person)

Bibliophile. From the description of Letters of William Loring Andrews [manuscript], 1894 May 24 & Aug. 16. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647821540 Book collector, amateur publisher, writer and a founding member of the Grolier Club (1884) and of the Society of Iconophiles. Author of over twenty books about prints, book collecting, and the book arts, Andrews became a director of the Continental Assurance Company in 1875 and chaired its Committee on Account...