GROLIER CLUB. Beatrice Warde collection
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Beatrice Warde Collection, 1919-1970


Main Entry
Grolier Club. Library.

Beatrice Warde collection, 1919-1970 (bulk 1950-1970).

Physical Description
1 box
1 photograph
1 wood engraving

Historical/Biographical Note
Beatrice Becker Warde (1900-1969) was born in New York City. After graduating from Barnard College, she was employed at the American Typefounders’ Company Library in Jersey City for four years. In 1925 she went to England and began to write scholarly articles on printing under the name of “Paul Beaujon” and was then recruited by the Monotype Corporation. At Monotype Warde edited the Monotype Recorder and eventually became director of publicity. She was married to book designer and typographer Frederic Warde, who died in 1939.

Scope and Contents
Three publications by Beatrice Warde, five calligraphic Christmas letters, and two broadsides issued in her honor by the Advertising Agencies Service Company and the Type Directors Club of New York on the occasion of her visits to New York City in 1950 and 1953. The 1950 tribute includes a signed copy of a wood-engraved portrait by Bernard Brussel-Smith. Also, one letter written by her to Edward M. Gottschall on the subject of “Thought-Unit Composition” and a copy of a letter to her from Sir Cyril Burt on the same subject. There are also obituary notices, an undated portrait photograph, a reprint of “This is a printing office” in the form of a broadside, and a few miscellaneous items. Frederic Warde is represented by copies of his genealogy of the Warde family and his discharge paper from the Air Service Flying School dated 1919.

General Note
Title devised by cataloger.

Finding Aid Note
Unpublished inventory available in repository.

Warde, Beatrice, 1900-1969.
Warde, Beatrice, 1900-1969. Correspondence.
Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939.
Burt, Cyril Ludovic, Sir. Correspondence.
Gottschall, Edward M. Correspondence.

Added Entries
Brussel-Smith, Bernard, 1914-1989.
Advertising Agencies Service Company.
Type Directors Club of New York.
Monotype Corporation.

Christmas Cards. England. 20th century.
Photographs. England. 20th century.
Broadsides. New York (State). New York. 20th century.
Wood engravings. New York (State). New York. 20th century.

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

Collection Inventory

I. Material by Beatrice Warde

Beatrice Ward to Edward Gottschall, New York City, 1962 Oct. 17. TLS 5 p.
Sir Cyril Burt to Beatrice Ward, 1962 Oct. 30. Copy of TLS. 2 p. with attachments. [Both letters discuss
“Thought-Unit Typography.”]

Christmas Card Letters
Calligraphic cards for 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1967 [written black ink and photomechanically reproduced; personal notes added in red ink].

Borrowed from Beatrice Warde: Selections from the addresses and essays commemorating Mrs. Warde’s visit to the United States in April 1967.

“New light on typographic legibility,” Penrose Annual, 50 (1956), p. 51-55.

Printing should be invisible [“the crystal goblet”]. Reprint. New York: American Book-Stratford Press for the Type Directors Club, 1950.

“This is a printing office.” Reprint. Broadside, undated (21 x 28 cm.; also smaller 12 x 18 cm. version printed on card stock)

II. Material about Beatrice Warde

Advertising Agencies Service Company Broadsides
“Paul Beaujon disguised as BW/To Beatrice.” Broadside to commentate her visit to New York City, 1950 28 April. In folder with original wood engraving by Bernard Brussel-Smith published by L. F. White Co. and distributed at dinner given in her honor, signed by Brussel-Smith.
(11 x 20 cm. image area)

“Beatrice Warde Street: a new work created in her honor by Albert Schiller.” Presented at dinner in her
honor sponsored by the Advertising Agencies Service Company and the Type Directors Club of
New York, 1953 May 27. (21 x 28 cm.)

Portrait photograph [date and photographer not identified]. Black and white. (16 x 20 cm.)

Map of Great Britain lettered with names of all the printing schools where she had lectured. Presented to Beatrice Warde by a group of printing school teachers. 1961. (20 x 23 cm.)

New York Times (1969 Sept. 16)
Printing New (1969 Sept. 20)
The Times (London) (undated, ca. 1969 Sept.)

James Moran of the St. Bride Printing Library, London to Robert Nikirk, Librarian, Grolier Club. TLS in
which Moran offers to act as the Club’s agent in any discussion about sale of Beatrice Warde’s
papers. 1 p.

Address label in hand of Beatrice Warde to Joseph Francis Wheeler of Baldwin New York [used to send 1959 calendar of the Monotype Corporation].

III. Frederic Warde Items

Genealogy of Warde family. Typescript. 2 reproduced copies

Discharge papers from Air Service Flying School for Arthur F. Warde, 1919 Jan. 10.

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