Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Book Collectors Collection, 1769-1950

Finding aid created by
Sara Ausilio, Erin Platte, and Meg Hixon, January 2012

Summary Information
Title: Book Collectors collection
Creator: William L. Clements Library
Inclusive dates: 1769-1950
Extent: 1 linear foot
Abstract:
This collection is made up of individual letters and documents related to the trade and collection of rare books in the United States. The majority of the material is correspondence between individuals and dealers, and reflects the history of rare book collecting, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

4106.5 et al.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Book Collectors collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by surname of collector, dealer, publisher, or subject.


History

The late 19th and early 20th centuries are considered a "golden age" of rare book collecting in the United States, encouraged by dealers and by the increased importation of rare books from Europe. During the period, several significant book collections were sold at auction, including those of Robert Hoe, Harrisse, and Brayton Ives. Wealthy men such as J. P. Morgan, Henry C. Folger, and William L. Clements amassed large collections of rare books and other materials, kept private libraries, and frequently bequeathed their collections to universities or similar institutions upon their deaths.

William L. Clements's personal library of early Americana is the foundation of the modern William L. Clements Library, which continues to specialize in books, manuscripts, graphic materials, maps, and other materials related to American history.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of individual letters and documents related to the trade and collection of rare books in the United States. The majority of the material is correspondence between individuals and dealers, and reflects the history of rare book collecting, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Book Collectors collection includes letters by many prominent collectors, historians, and political figures. A selection of items relates to the collections of the William L. Clements Library and to its namesake, including 2 letters from William L. Clements to Worthington C. Ford, one of which regards Ford's contribution to the newly opened library (June 27, 1923). Clements Library directors Randolph G. Adams and Howard H. Peckham also contributed to the collection. See the box and folder listing below for an inventory of contributors' names.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Antiquarian booksellers--United States--History.
    • Book collecting--United States.
    • Book collectors.
    • Booksellers and bookselling--United States.
    • Private libraries.
    • Rare book libraries.
    • Rare books.
    • William L. Clements Library.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Book Collectors collection,  1769-1950 [series]:
    Box   1  
    Adam, Robert Borthwick
     
    Adams, Randolph G.
     
    Adams, Richard N.
     
    Allen, Elisha Hunt
     
    Allibone, Samuel Austin
     
    Anderson, Clinton P.
     
    Bade, Anthony N.
     
    Baker, William S.
     
    Barlow, Samuel L. M.
     
    Barrister, John
     
    Bartlett, John R.
     
    Bay, Christian J.
     
    Beers, Isaac
     
    Bennett, Geo.
     
    Beyer, J. B.
     
    Benjamin, W. E.
     
    Biddle, Moncure
     
    Bixby, W. K.
     
    Blanck, Jacob
     
    Boltwood, Lucius M.
     
    Bonaparte, Jérôme Napoleon
     
    Booksellers Guild of America
     
    Bradford, Alden
     
    Bringham, Clarence S.
     
    Brinley, George
     
    Bullared, Lauriston F.
     
    Bullen, Henry L.
     
    Burton, Clarence M.
     
    Capen, Edward
     
    List of books for Charles Carroll
     
    Chapman, Charles E.
     
    Childs, George W.
     
    Cist, Lewis Jacob
     
    Clarke, Robert
     
    Clements, William L.
     
    Cogswell, Jos. G.
     
    Cole, George Watson
     
    Cole, Robert
     
    Collier, John Payne
     
    Coolidge, Archibald Cary
     
    Cowan, Robert E.
     
    Daly, Augustin
     
    Dalzell, James M.
     
    Deane, Charles
     
    DeVoto, Bernard
     
    Dibdin, Thomas Frognall
     
    Dowington Franklin Library
     
    Drake, Samuel G.
     
    Draper, Lyman C.
     
    Dreer, Ferdinand J.
     
    Dufief, Nicholas Gowin
     
    Eames, Wilberforce
     
    Eliot, Edward Granville
     
    Ely, Anna C.
     
    Emmet, Thomas Addis
     
    Everitt, Charles P.
     
    Ewing, C. M.
     
    Fleming, John
     
    Fogg, John S. H.
     
    Ford, Worthington C.
     
    Forsdyke, Sir John
     
    Francis, Chas. S.
     
    Gilman, Daniel C.
     
    Gilpin, Henry D.
     
    Goldschmidt, Ernest P.
     
    Goodwin, Horace
     
    Grant, S. Hastings
     
    Greeley, Horace
     
    Griffin, N. H.
    Box   2  
    Concerning Harvard copy of Hariot's Virginia
     
    Sibley, John Langdon
     
    Winsor, Justin
     
    Potter, A.C.
     
    Harper, Lathrop C.
     
    Harrison, Fairfax
     
    Haskell, Clinton H.
     
    Hayes, John Lord
     
    Heartman, Charles F.
     
    Heawood, Edward
     
    William Heinemann, Ltd.
     
    Books delivered by J. Moore for Patrick Henry
     
    Hildeburn, Charles R.
     
    Hildreth, Samuel P.
     
    Hill, Walter
     
    Hoffman, [?] S.
     
    Hogan, Frank J.
     
    Hoover, Herbert
     
    Horton, Frederic L.
     
    Howe, Fisher
     
    Howe, W. W.
     
    Hubbard, Elbert Jr.
     
    Hubbard, Lucius L.
     
    Hunter, Dard
     
    Jamison, John Franklin
     
    Jenks, William L.
     
    Jones, Walter, St. John
    Box   3  
    Jones, Matt B.
     
    Jones, John Winter
     
    Jones, Carl
     
    Kellogg, Louise Phelps
     
    Kennerley, Mitchell
     
    Kittoe, Edward D.
     
    Koch, Theodore Wesley
     
    Lemperley Paul
     
    Lenox, James
     
    Lenox, Robt.
     
    Lilly, Eli
     
    Littell, Clarence G.
     
    McCall, Hugh
     
    McCoy, James Culberston
     
    Mackall, Leonard L.
     
    McGregor, Tracy William
     
    McKerrow, Ronald Brunlees
     
    MacLeish, Archibald
     
    Manning, James H.
     
    March, Francis A.
     
    Miller, Samuel Millington
     
    Moon, George Washington
     
    Moore, George H.
     
    Morley, Christopher
     
    Mosher, Thomas B.
     
    Murray, John
    Box   4  
    Newnan, Henry L.
     
    Newton, Alfred Edward
     
    New York City. Auction Hall
     
    Norton, C. B.
     
    Orth, Samuel P.
     
    Palfrey, John Gorham
     
    Paltsits, Victor H.
     
    Panckouke, Charles
     
    Parkman, Francis
     
    Parry, E. C.
     
    Peckham, Howard H.
     
    Pennington, John
     
    Pennypacker, Samuel W.
     
    Phillips, Wendell
     
    Poore, Ben Perley
     
    Pratt, D. J.
     
    Quincy, Josiah
     
    Randall, David A.
     
    Retz, Charles
     
    Rice, Paul North
     
    Richmond, Legh
     
    Roosevelt, Franklin D.
     
    Sibley, John L.
     
    Rose, John S.
     
    Rosenbach, Abraham S. W.
     
    Sabin, Joseph F.
     
    Seymour, George S.
     
    Skeel, Emily E. F.
     
    Smith, Hal Horace
     
    Sotheran, Charles
     
    Spencer, Walter T.
     
    Spiegelberg, F.
     
    Spofford, Ainsworth Rand
     
    Sprague, William Buell
     
    Spring, Robert
     
    Stamp, Sir Josiah
     
    Steere, Elizabeth B.
     
    Stevens, Henry
     
    Stone, Edward L.
     
    Storm, Colton
     
    Swann, Arthur
     
    Sweet, Frederick H.
     
    Taintor, Charles Wyatt
     
    Thompson, John R.
     
    Thurston, Ada
     
    Tinker, Chauncey Brewster
     
    Tregaskis, Hugh F. B.
     
    Trumbull, J. H.
     
    Tully, Grace G.
     
    Vail, Robert William Glenroie
     
    Van Bargen, Captain (purchased of James Rivington)
     
    Van Vechten, Carl
     
    Vorhies, H. V.
     
    Vosper, Edna
     
    Wagner, Henry Raup
     
    Ward, Samuel
     
    Warren, John
     
    Wessen, Ernest J.
     
    Wharton
     
    Whitney, Cornelius Vanderbilt
     
    Wilson, Samuel M.
     
    Winship, George Parker
     
    Winterich, John T.
     
    Wright, Lyle H.
     
    Wroth, Lawrence C.
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Randolph G. Adams papers

    George Brinley papers

    William L. Clements papers

    Henry Stevens papers

    Henry Vignaud papers

    Bibliography

    Maxwell, Margaret. Shaping a Library. Amsterdam: Nico Israel, 1973.