Records of the librarians, 1897-1970.

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Grolier Club. Library. Records of the librarians, 1897-1970.

Records of the librarians, 1897-1970.

Correspondence, notices, and some reports of librarians Richard Hoe Lawrence, Henry Watson Kent (1900-1905), Ruth Shepard Granniss (1905-1944), George Leslie McKay (1944-1958), Alexander Davidson (1958-1960), J. Terry Bender (1961-1964), Gabriel Austin (1964-1969), and Harvey Simmonds (1969-1970). In addition to correspondence, there are orders and invoices relating to books and bookbinding ordered for the Club for the period. Records for some groups of years appear incomplete. Between 1906 and 1916, Ruth Granniss sent out handwritten correspondence using a carbon-like paper to obtain copies; some of these are now difficult to read. The Granniss files of correspondents' letters include a few of her holograph originals. Individual correspondents include but are not limited to correspondence to and from: Elmer Adler, Frank Altschul, C.R. Ashbee, Samuel Putnam Avery, Henrietta Bartlett, Melbert B. Cary, George Watson Cole, Edith Diehl, Marian Dodd (Womens' University Club), Porter Garnett (Laboratory Press), Walter Gilliss, W.W. Greg, Louis Haber, Byrne Hackett, Sherman P. Haight, Lathrop Harper, Philip Hofer, Robert Jaffray, Geoffrey Keynes, Bella Landauer, Flora Livingston, Luther Livingston, Amy Lowell, Leonard L. Mackall, Ronald B. McKerrow, Howard Mansfield, Stanley Morison, Edward A. Parsons, Joseph Pennell, A.W. Pollard, Fanny Ratchford, Carl Purlington Rollins, Walter Kilburn Root, William Edwin Rudge, Margaret B. Stillwell, Edward L. Stone, Daniel Berkeley Updike, Beatrice Warde, Frederic Warde, and Lawrence C. Wroth. Book dealers and binders include but are not limited to: B.F. Stevens & Brown, G.E. Stechert & Co., Charles P. Lauriat, Atelier Bindery, French Binders (Doubleday & Co.), MacDonald James, MacDonald & Maier, and the Stikeman firm. The Alexander Davidson records contain material about the Morgan Gunst Fund for the Grolier Club and the Bender records include reports by Carolyn Horton on the physical rehabilitation of the Grolier Library during the years 1960-1962. Also: guestbooks for the period 1930-1955; entries often indicate purpose of users' research.

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Mansfield, Howard, 1849-1938

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Morison, Stanley, 1889-1967

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Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944

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Austin, Gabriel

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Greg, W. W. 1875-1959,

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Livingston, Luther Samuel, 1864-1914

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Davidson, Alexander C. (Alexander Charles), 1965-

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B.F. Stevens & Brown, Ltd.

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McKerrow, R. B. 1872-1940

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Gunst, Morgan A. (Morgan Arthur)

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Bartlett, Henrietta C. (Henrietta Collins), 1873-1963

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Root, Robert K. (Robert Kilburn), 1877-1950

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Dodd, Marian

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MacDonald & Maier.

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Wroth, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Counselman), 1884-1970

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Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941

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Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941) was a book designer and printer in New England. He was born an only child in an old and well-connected New England family, but his father's death in 1877 prevented Updike from pursuing higher education. Updike's Episcopalian background greatly influenced both his character and his later work as a printer, and his intellectual and cultural character was molded by his mother, an antiquary and scholar of French and English literature. Updike's first book-related j...

Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984

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Granniss, Ruth S. (Ruth Shepard), 1872-1954

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Librarian of the Grolier Club. From the description of Ruth S. Granniss correspondence, 1911-1914. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 470399492 ...

Gilliss, Walter, 1855-1925

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New York City printer who operated the Gilliss Press with his brother Frank and was known for his classic taste in book design. Walter Gilliss served as typographical advisor to Doubleday, Page & Co., while his own press printed over 300 books for private individuals and bibliophile societies. His masterpiece of design and execution is generally considered to be The iconography of Manhattan Island by I. N. Phleps Stokes. Gilliss was a founding member of the Grolier Club in 1884 and served as...

Lawrence, Richard Hoe

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Librarian of the Grolier Club. From the description of Letter, 1901, May 20, The Grolier Club, to H. L. Koopman, Brown University. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122615665 ...

Ratchford, Fanny Elizabeth, 1888-

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MacDonald James.

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McKay, George L. (George Leslie), 1895-1976

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Author residing in Richmond (Henrico Co.), Va. From the description of George L. McKay Short stories, undated. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 43737877 From the description of Short stories, n.d. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 79297132 George L. McKay was Curator (1923-1959) of the Grolier Club, a New York City bibliophile society, and also served as its librarian (1944-1959). From 1947 to 1959 he was advisor to the Edwin J. Beinecke C...

Ashbee, C. R. 1863-1942

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Keynes, Geoffrey, 1887-1982

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Landauer, Bella Clara, 1874-1960

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Livingston, Flora Virginia Milner, 1862-

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Flora Livingston was the wife of Luther S. Livingston, the first librarian of the Harry Elkins Widener collection at Harvard. She became assistant librarian after her husband's death in 1914; then librarian in 1926. From the description of Beggar's opera and all other works by John Gay. Compiled from the E.L. Gay collection in the Harvard College Library : typescript, [194-]. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 83659413 From the description of Letters of condolence and...

Doubleday and Company, Inc. French Binders.

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Cole, George Watson, 1850-1939

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Epithet: Librarian Henry E Huntington Library British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000498.0x0000ab George Watson Cole: school teacher, 1872-1876; admitted to Massachusetts Bar, 1876, and practiced law until 1885; from 1885-1886 compiled the Classified Catalogue of the Fitchburg Public Library; in 1886 became Librarian of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; from 1888-1891 worked for Newberry Library in Chicago; from 189...

Kent, Henry Watson, 1866-1948

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Henry Watson Kent served as the first professional librarian of the Grolier Club from 1903 to 1906 and originated its classification scheme. He continued to serve the Club during the following decades through its Library, Publications and House committees, and its Council. From 1906 until his retirement in 1940 Kent was Secretary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From the description of What I am pleased to call my education : typescript, 1948 / by Henry Watson Kent...

Altschul, Frank, 1887-1981

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Frank Altschul was born in San Francisco on April 21, 1887. He graduated from Yale in 1908 and served as chairman of the General American Investors Co. Inc. Altschul died on May 29, 1981. From the guide to the Frank Altschul papers, 1924-1941, (Manuscripts and Archives) Investment banker, philanthropist, bibliophile, authority on international affairs. From the description of Frank Altschul papers, 1900-1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCa...