DE VINNE, THEODORE LOW. Memorabilia collection, 1850-1914
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Guide to the Theodore Low De Vinne Memorabilia Collection, 1850-1914

Title: Theodore Low De Vinne Memorabilia Collection, 1850-1914

OCLC No: 122412736

Dates:
1850-1914

Extent: 4 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

Abstract: This collection consists of medals, certificates,  books, and other memorabilia related to the life of notable Printer and Grolier Club President and founding member, Theodore Low De Vinne.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation: [Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Theodore Low De Vinne Memorabilia Collection, 1850-1914, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This finding aid was prepared by archivist Barbara Dunlap in 2001 and revised by Rachel Greer in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, July 2014.

Provenance: This collection was donated to the Club by the Charles De Vinne Family in 1986.

Access Points:
Names:
De Vinne, Theodore Low, 1828-1914.
De Vinne Press. 

Subjects:

Printers-- New York (State)--New York.

Historical/Biographical Note:
Theodore Low De Vinne (1828-1914) was apprenticed to the printer's trade in Newburgh, NY and came to New York City in 1848, where he eventually became a partner in the shop of Francis Hart. Upon Hart’s death in 1877, De Vinne became owner of the business, which eventually became known as the De Vinne Press. He was recognized as a master printer and developed a comprehensive knowledge of the history of typography, which he distilled in several publications. He was a founder and president (1904-1906) of the Grolier Club and printed most of its early publications.  He was an honorary member of the Elizabethan Club at Yale.  Active in the affairs on printer's organizations, De Vinne was also a founder of the Typothet’ of New York City and of the United Typothet' of America, working in these organizations to make printing a profitable craft and to establish good relations between owners and employees.

 

Scope and Content Note:
This collection consists of certificates, correspondence, and realia related to the life of Theodore Low De Vinne. Books from De Vinne’s personal library accompanied the donation, and will be catalogued separately. An item-level list of the contents of this collection is located in Series I, Box 1, Folder 1. 

Arrangement Note: 
This collection is arranged into three series by genre. Series I is arranged alphabetically by folder title. 

Series I: Correspondence and Certificates
Series II: Realia
Series III: Oversize Correspondence and Certificates
Series IV: Books

Container List:

Series I: 

Box #

Folder #

Folder Title

Date

1

1

Item-Level Inventory of Donation

1986

1

2

Copyright Statements

1886-1900

1

3

Correspondence

1858-1864

1

4

Embossed Leather Case

Undated

1

5

Marriage Certificate

1850

1

6

Newsletter of the Graphic Arts

1922

 

Series II:

Box #

Title

Date

2

Black Velvet Beret

Undated

 

Series III:

Note: Some items in this box were matted for De Vinne Exhibition at the Grolier Club, 2014. Unfoldered items are labeled on the back of the mat board.

Box #

Item #

Title

Date

3

1

Honorary MA Diploma, Columbia University

1901

3

2

Honorary MA Diploma, Yale University

1901

3

3

Boston Typothetae, Resolution on TLDV’s Death

1914

3

4

Poster, Short Bibliography of TLDV’s Writings

Undated

3

5

Hispanic Society Membership (rolled)

1904

 

Series IV:

 

Box #

Title

Date

4

Book Collection

Undated



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