FLEMING, JOHN (FIRM : NEW YORK, N.Y.). Records, 1952-1987
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John Fleming, Inc.: Records, 1952-1987

RLIN ID No.
NYGG02-A55

Creator
John Fleming, Inc.

Title
Records, 1952-1987.

Physical Description
35 linear ft.

General Note
Collection is unprocessed and housed in off-site storage.

General Note
The records of the A.S.W. Rosenbach Company, which had been maintained by John Fleming, are now housed at the Rosenbach Foundation in Philadelphia.

Historical/Biographical Note
John Francis Fleming was born in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan in 1910. At the age of 15, he went to work as a clerk for the well-known antiquarian bookseller A.S.W. Rosenbach in New York City. His acuteness and love of books earned him promotions to salesman, manager, and eventually to vice-president of the Rosenbach Company. When Rosenbach died in 1952, Fleming continued to sell books under his own name at a magnificent apartment at 322 East 57th Street, where Rosenbach had maintained his business. In this time, Fleming was one of the most important antiquarian dealers in the United States and counted many major collectors among his clients. He died on December 27, 1987.

Scope and Contents Note
Correspondence, invoices, sales books, stock books and financial records documenting activities of antiquarian bookseller John Fleming, Inc.

Restrictions
Collection closed for a period of ten years following death of John Fleming in 1987.

Names
Fleming, John Francis, 1910-1987.

Subjects
Antiquarian booksellers. New York (State). New York.
Antiquarian booksellers. New York (State). New York. Correspondence.

Genre
Account books.

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Antiquarian booksellers. New York (State). New York.

Location
Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.


Collection Inventory

[Note: Correspondence files contain letters received and retained copies of letters sent, accompanied in many cases by want lists, appraisals, bills, legal documents, and other non-letter material.]


Box 1 Correspondence 1955
Alphabetical files
Special folders: John Fleming bills
Invoices to Fleming (under “I”)

Box 2 Correspondence 1956
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Beristayn, Jorge
John Fleming personal
Rosenbach Foundation
Invoices to Fleming (under “I”)

Box 3 Correspondence 1957
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Beristayn, Jorge
Folger Library
Furthman, Jules
Kelly, Austin
Knoedler’s
Library of Congress
Longwood Library
Newberry Library
Sotheby’s
Williams, John R.

Correspondence 1958
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Beristayn, Jorge
Bodmer, Martin
De Paul University
Folger Library
Kelly, Austin
Knoedler’s
Library of Congress
Longwood Library
Newberry Library
Rosenbach Foundation
Sotheby’s

Box 4 Correspondence 1959
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Beristayn, Jorge
Bodmer, Martin
De Paul University
English book catalogues
Folger Library
Kelly, Austin
Knoedler’s
Longwood Library
Sotheby’s
Tice and Lynch

Correspondence 1960
Alphabetical files
Special folders: American Philosophical Society
Beristayn, Jorge
Fleming personal
Folger Library
Fordham project
Kelly, Austin
Library of Congress
Longwood Library
Rare books and manuscripts catalogues
Sotheby’s

Box 5 Correspondence 1961
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Fleming personal
Folger Library
Longwood Library
Sotheby’s
Williams, Wesley

Box 6 Correspondence 1962
Alphabetical files
Special folders: De Paul University
European trip
Fleming personal
Folger Library
Furthman, Jules
Muehlstein collection
Newberry Library
Sotheby’s

Correspondence 1963
Alphabetical files
Special folders: De Paul University
Europe
Fleming personal
Folger Library
Inquiries

Box 7 Correspondence 1964
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Customs
Fleming personal
Folger Library
Hyde, Donald
Inquiries
Insurance

Correspondence 1965
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Fleming personal
Inquiries
Insurance

Box 8 Correspondence 1966
Alphabetical files
Special folder: Bills

Correspondence 1967
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Bills
Tax

Box 9 Correspondence 1968
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Customs

Correspondence 1969
Alphabetical files

Box 10 Correspondence 1970
Alphabetical files
Special folder: Trips to Europe

Correspondence 1971
Alphabetical files

Box 11 Correspondence 1972
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1973
Alphabetical files

Box 12 Correspondence 1974
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1975
Alphabetical files

Box 13 Correspondence 1976
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1977
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Auctions
Bills

Box 14 Correspondence 1978
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1979
Alphabetical files

Box 15 Correspondence 1980
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1981
Alphabetical files

Box 16 Correspondence 1982
Alphabetical files
Special folders: Fleming personal
Frenkel and Co.

Correspondence 1983
Alphabetical files

Box 17 Correspondence 1984
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1985
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1986
Alphabetical files

Box 18 Correspondence 1987
Alphabetical files

Correspondence 1988
Alphabetical files

Box 19 Customer and Armour, Norman Jr.
subject files: Auctions
Baldeschi Balleani, Count
Beck, L.C.
Bookbinders
Berland, Abel
Bessborough, Earl
Bills paid
Black Sun Books
Bolitho, Hector
California Grolier Club trip
Carton, Mervyn
Christie’s
Chrysler, Walter
Cleland, T.M.
Collection lists
Constitution, U.S. Frigate
Cuppy, Will

Box 20 Customer and Customs
subject files: Davis, E. Stewart
De Bry, Theodore
Deshaies, Paul E.
Devonshire, Duke of
Douglas Gibbons
Drake, James F.
Dutch manuscript
Eberstadt, Edward
Employees
Engelhard, Jane
European trips

Box 21 Customer and European trips
subject files: Faulkner, William
Ferdinand and Isabella
Fleming personal
Folger Library
Frenkel Insurance Co.
Furthman, Jules
Gauguin, Paul
Gimelson, Bruce
Goodspeed’s Book Shop
Grolier Club

Box 22 Customer and Harte, Roy
subject files: Harvard University
Haythe, Frances D.
Heartman, Charles
Heimann, Willy
Hofstra University
Houghton, Arthur F.
Houghton Library
House of El Dieff
Howell Books

Box 23 Customer and Hudson, Mrs. W.J.
subject files: Hudspeth, Frances
Huntington Library
Hyde, Mary C.
Indiana University
Inquiries

Box 24 Customer and Inquiries
subject files: Insurance
Internal Revenue Service
Johns, Ernest
Johnson, Lady Bird
Juvelis, Priscilla

Box 25 Customer and Kane, Elisha Kent
subject files: Keisogloff, Peter
Kennedy, Edward
Knoedler’s
Koch, Frederick
Koester Poe Collection
Lafayette, Marquis de
Leslie, Lady Iris
Leslie, Shane
London 1965
Lorentz, Pare
Louisiana Purchase
Loyola Library
Mabbott, Thomas
Mansfield, Mike

Box 26 Customer and Mansfield, Mike
subject files: Maugham, Robin
Maximilian, Prince
Mellon, Paul
Michelangelo
Monaghan, Frank
Morgan Library

Box 27 Customer and Morgan Library
subject files: McHenry, James
Mount Vernon Deed
Muehlstein, Herman
Newton, Caroline
Nolan, J. Bennett
Northwest Ordinance
O’Connor, S.
O’More, Haven
Ostrom, John
Parke-Bernet
Pearson, Vic
Personal tax 1965
Personnel
Phillips
Phoenix Mutual Insurance
Pinsof Collection
Pirie, Robert

Box 28 Customer and Poe, E.A.
subject files: Pratt Library
Prete, Sesto
Quinn, Albert H.
Robb, Lynda Johnson
Robinson, Lionel and Philip
Rosenbach Foundation
Rosenbloom, Arthur
Ryrie, Charles C.

Box 29 Customer and Scharnberg, James F.
subject files: Schiller, Henri
Schwarz, Erwin
Science
Scribner’s
Sessler’s
Seven Gables
Shakespeare Association
Silver, Laurent
Silverware
Solis-Cohen, Daniel
Sorenson, Theodore
Sotheby’s

Box 30 Customer and Sotheby’s
subject files: Spannuth, George
Starling, K.L.
Steinbeck, John
Stralem, Donald
Surrey
Syracuse University
Taxes and gifts
Taylor, Henry C.
Texas University
Timm, Charles H.
Virginia catalogue
Wells, Gabriel
Werner, Arno
White, Mrs. Harold T.
Whitman, Sarah
Whitty, J.H.
Williams, Wesley
Yale University

Box 31 Customer and Yushodo Booksellers
subject files: Zipkin, Jerome
Zucker, Harry T.

Box 32 Financial: Check books

Box 33 Financial: Check books

Box 34 Financial: Check books

Box 35 Financial: Bank statements

Box 36 Financial: Bank statements

Box 37 Financial: Bank statements

Box 38 Financial: Bank statements

Box 39 Financial: Bank statements

Box 40 Financial: Accountant’s reports

Box 41 Financial: Paid bills

Box 42 Financial: Order books

Box 43 Miscellaneous: Newspaper and magazine clippings
Printed materials
Photographs
Oversize appraisals

Box 44 Miscellaneous: Newspaper and magazine clippings
Legal documents
Oversized ledger: Cash books, 1955-1959

Box 45 Miscellaneous: Rosenbach Foundation records book/library
inventory, 1955
Rosenbach Foundation/Leslie Morris: Fleming
papers received, 13 Dec. 1989
John Fleming vs. Clarence A. Beutel: legal docs.
Payroll files/tax returns for 1955

Box 46 Miscellaneous: Oversized ledger [unidentified]
Oversized ledger: Cash books (?), 1963-1973
Oversized ledger: Employees’ earnings, 1959, and
general ledger, etc.
Loose pages from General Ledger, 1973-1974


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