DE VINNE, THEODORE LOW. Photograph and memorabilia collection, 1897-1924
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The Grolier Club Collection of Theodore Low De Vinne Photographs and Memorabilia

Grolier Club Collection of Theodore Low De Vinne Photographs and Memorablia, 1897-1924 (bulk 1897-1912)



Bulk Dates:
1.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection contains photographs, engravings, correspondence, and ephemera related to 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], Grolier Club Collection of Theodore Low De Vinne Photographs and Memorabilia, 1897-1924 (bulk 1897-1912), The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid:

This finding aid was prepared by Barbara Dunlap in Microsoft Word in 2001 at the Grolier Club and revised by Club archivist Rachel Greer in July 2014. Second revision and rehousing of materials done in November of 2014 by Club archivist Sophia Dahab.

The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Access Points:
De Veze, Camille.
De Vinne, Daniel.
De Vinne, Theodore Low, 1828-1914.
Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915.
Aldine Club.
De Vinne Press.
Collins, Alexander W. 
Granniss, Ruth S. (Ruth Shepard), 1872-1954

Printers. New York (State). New York.


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 contains photographs of De Vinne, an engraving of portrait bust by Chester Beach, a staff photograph of De Vinne Press (ca. 1900) and a photograph of the De Vinne Press building.  The collection also includes a photograph of Daniel De Vinne, associated with the press, and material, including a photograph related to Camille De Veze, master printer at the press. The De Veze material also includes TLS from Elbert Hubbard. There are also menus printed by the press between 1897 and 1912 for dinners of the Aldine Club and a photocopy of the club’s wine list.

Container List:
Series I:  Portraits
Folder 1: TLDV unmounted portraits (3 item)
Folder 2: TLDV mounted portraits (3 items)
Folder 3: TLDV mounted portraits (3 items)
Folder 4: TLDV mounted portraits (3 items)
Folder 5: TLDV mounted portraits (3 items)
Folder 6: Photoengraving of TLDV Bust by Chester Beach (6 items)
Folder 7: United Typothetae of America announcement of Chester Beach Bust (4 items)
Folder 8: Engraving of TLDV by Van Dyck Gravure Co (7 items)
Folder 9: Portrait of Daniel P. DeVinne and oversize reproduction of Staff Portrait (2 items)
Folder 10: Negatives (15 in 3 strips)

Series II: DeVinne Press Images and Ephemera
Folder 1: Building Images (2 items) 
Folder 2: Staff Portrait (2 items)
Folder 3: DeVinne Press Christmas Greeting Cards (Color), undated. (2 items)
Folder 4: “The Helmet of Mambrino”, first sheet from the Press at 12 Lafayette, 1886 (1 item)
Folder 5: Testimonial Dinner Invitation and Program, 1892 (2 items)
Folder 6: “Union Square Sun Dodgers” (1 photo reproduction)
Folder 7: “Dante’s Love for Beatrice…” (2 photo reproductions)
Folder 8: “The Pilgrim Shield” (1 item)
Folder 9: Pages and clippings from The Printing Art (3 items, including advertisement from October 1903; Page 28, Vol. 23, No. 1 with bio and memorial to TLDV. March 1914; Page 32, Vol. 16 “In Honor of Theodore Low DeVinne”, 1910-11)

Series III: Camille De Veze
Folder 1: Camille De Veze Certificate of Appreciation, 1936 (1 item)
Folder 2: Miscellaneous ephemera and memorabilia (6 items)
Folder 3: Miscellaneous ephemera and memorabilia (11 items)

Series IV: Association Materials 
Folder 1: Aldine Club Menus and Programs, 1897-1904 (5 items)
Folder 2: Aldine Club Menus and Programs, 1906-1912 (4 items)
Folder 3: Aldine Club Menus and Programs, Large Format, 1897-1912 (4 items)
Folder 4: Miscellaneous Dinner Menus and Programs, 1889-1907 (3 items)

Series V: Correspondence
Folder 1: TLS from A.W. Collins to Ruth S. Granniss with a list of additions to the De Vinne Bibliography, March 6, 1916. (2 pages)

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