GILLISS, WALTER. Papers, ca. 1906-1925
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Walter Gilliss Papers, 1886-1925


RLIN ID No.
NYGG87-A6

Main Entry
Gilliss, Walter, 1855-1925.

Title
Papers, 1886-1925.

Physical Description
3 boxes, 2 linear ft.

Historical/Biographical Note
New York City printer who operated the Gilliss Press with his brother Frank Gilliss and known for his classic taste in book design. Walter Gilliss served as typographical adviser to Doubleday, Page & Co., while his own press printed over 300 books for private individuals and bibliophile societies, universities and publishing houses. His masterpiece of design and execution is generally considered to be The Iconography of Manhattan Island by I. N. Phelps Stokes. Gilliss was a founding member of the Grolier Club and served as its secretary from 1906 to 1925. 

Scope and Contents
Items printed for the Grolier Club by Gilliss, including invitations and exhibit announcements. Also printed material sent to Gilliss. Some Grolier Club correspondence and a duplicate set of annual meeting minutes (1906-1910), including lists of candidates for seats on the Club’s council in 1909. A small amount of personal material includes Christmas cards and photographs, including one of Gilliss with a group of employees from Doubleday gathered around a sundial he designed for the home of Frank Nelson Doubleday in Garden City, New York.

Names
Doubleday, Frank Nelson, 1862-1934.
Doubleday and Company, Inc.
Grolier Club.

Subjects
Book clubs. New York (State). New York. 20th century. 
Publishers and publishing. New York (State). New York. 20th century.

Genre
Ephemera.
Photographs.  

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Printers. New York (State). New York. 20th century.

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

Container List

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Materials about printing

1907

1

2

Grolier Club publications

1914-1922

1

3

LeGrande genealogy and correspondence

1908-1917

1

4

St. Thomas’s Church—including fire

1907-1919

1

5

Personal correspondence

1905-1915

1

6

Poems and songs

1901-1907

1

7

Photographs

Undated

1

8

Tribute to Mr. De Vinne address

1914

2

1

Grolier Club Minutes

circa 1900-1920

2

2

Miscellaneous Printed Materials

1886-circa 1914

3

1

Oversize printed materials

undated

 

 


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