STREETER, FRANK S. Papers, bulk 1950-2006.
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Guide to the Frank S. Streeter Papers


Title: Frank S. Streeter Papers

 

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): 843196007

 

Dates: 1914-2006

 

Bulk Dates: 1950-2006

 

Extent: 6.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

 

Abstract: The Frank S. Streeter Papers represent the book collecting activities of Frank S. Streeter, and his father Thomas W. Streeter. The papers contain notes, catalog records, correspondence, inventories, and other materials related to the collection and disposition of rare book materials.

 

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], Frank S. Streeter Papers, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This finding aid was prepared by Alison Lotto in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, April 2013.

 

Provenance: The collection belonged to the family of Thomas W. Streeter and Frank S. Streeter until it was brought into the Grolier Club with the assistance of Club member Jonathan Hill, in February of 2013.

                                            

Access Points:

Names:

Streeter, Frank S., 1918-2006

Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965

Subjects:

Rare books--Catalogs--United States--20th century.

Rare books--Collectors and collecting--United States--20th century.

Exploration and discovery


Genres:

Book catalogs

Auction catalogs

Newsletters

Letters

Biographical/Historical Note:

Thomas W. Streeter was born in 1883 in Concord, New Hampshire to a prominent family. He went to St. Paul’s School and Dartmouth College and then Harvard Law School. He worked as a lawyer in Boston from 1907 to 1917 and then moved to New York City to work for the American International Collection. According to his friends and family, he first became interested in book collecting during his time in Boston, but began collecting extensively around 1920 in New York.

During the 1920s, Thomas’s interests in book collecting became focused on the fifty-year period before Texas was annexed by the United States and became a state in 1845. He was particularly interested in exploration and settlement during this period and collected extensively in the history of the United States and the southwest in particular. By 1939, Thomas decided to retire and work full-time on his book collecting. He employed a full-time librarian and was active in the Bibliographical Society of America, the American Antiquarian Society, John Carter Brown Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the New-York Historical Society. Thomas Streeter was also active at the Grolier Club. He joined the club in 1921, and served on the council from 1943 to 1948. He was named an Honorary Member in 1962.

Streeter saw his collection as having three parts, the Texas Collection, the railroad collection and the Streeter Collection. He and sold the Texas collection to Yale University in 1956. The railroad collection was divided between the American Antiquarian Society, Dartmouth College and other institutions. The remainder of the collection was sold at auction at Parke-Bernet from 1966 to 1969. It was sold in seven sales over three years between October 25, 1966 and October 22, 1969 with 650 lots in each sale and organized by subject matter.

Frank S. Streeter was born in 1918 and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. Frank went to Harvard for his undergraduate education and then began working in or for financial firms, eventually spending many years as a financial advisor to John Jay Whitney and his family.   He grew up with a book collector as a father but did not become interested in book collecting himself until the Streeter Sale in 1966.

When Thomas Streeter died in 1965, he gave all of his children a book of their choosing from his collection. Frank chose Henry J. Warre’s Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory. Beginning with this book, Frank began bidding on other books in his father’s collection and over the course of the seven sales acquired a number of important volumes.

In 1970, Frank was admitted to the Grolier Club, and went on to become the President from 1982-1985, and oversaw the Club’s centennial celebrations. He was also active in the Walpole Society, the John Carter Brown Library and the New-York Historical Society.  According to his biographers, 1970-1975 was the height of Frank’s collecting, and he purchased quite a few important volumes, all related to oceanography and exploration. During the 1980’s, Frank extended his collecting focus to include scientific and theoretical texts. He also continued to collect items from his father’s collection, purchasing The Atlantic Neptune in 1993.

In the 2000’s as Frank aged, he began making plans for the disposition of his collection. He commissioned a number of inventories, and in 2006 received proposals to sell the collection at auction. Frank decided to sell the books at Christie’s, but he died the day they were to be picked up so he was not able to see the sales. Christie’s held the sales April 16-17, 2007, and they were an enormous success.


Related Materials:

There are materials related to the Thomas W. Streeter portion of the collection at the following repositories.

Yale University

Thomas W. Streeter Papers, WA MSS S-1312

Thomas W. Streeter Collection of Hudson Book Company, Edward Eberstadt, and Edward Eberstadt & Sons Catalogs, WA MSS S-2588

Thomas W. Streeter Collection of Texas Manuscripts, WA MSS S-498-500

American Antiquarian Society

Thomas W. Streeter Papers



Scope and Content Note:

The Frank S. Streeter papers contain correspondence, notes, catalog pages, inventories in paper and notecard form, publications, including some Grolier Club publications, and diaries related to the book collecting activities of Frank and Thomas Streeter. If a folder is labeled “Book collecting” it contains correspondence, notes, catalog pages and diary entries. The papers also contain materials including correspondence and proposals related to both the Frank S. Streeter and Thomas Streeter book sales. The collection contains copies of the sale proposals, and the sale catalogs can be found in the Grolier Club’s Auction Catalogs collection.


The bulk of the Frank S. Streeter papers document his work as a collector, with one series covering the disposition of his father’s collection and some of his father’s papers. Because of the strong influence Thomas Streeter’s collection had on Frank’s collecting and writing, many of the same interests and volumes come up in both of their papers. 

 

Arrangement Note:

The Streeter papers appear to have no original order, and were brought into the Grolier Club Archives in a variety of bags and boxes that do not represent how they were originally stored. After a survey, it was clear that many things were mixed together, including items that have different provenance and are from different time periods in Thomas W. and Frank S. Streeter’s careers. Because of this mixed provenance, the collection was separated into series based on Frank Streeter’s collecting and professional activities, with another series for his father’s materials. The folders were created by pulling together items that were adjacent to one another, and then sorted for papers that clearly belonged in another series. After being separated by series, the materials were organized roughly in date order, but many folders span a large date range and most materials are undated.


Series I: Thomas W. Streeter Papers 

Series II: Frank S. Streeter Collecting Correspondence and Research

Series III: Collection inventories

Series IV: Other organizations

Series V: Papers related to auctions

Series VI: Publications


 

Container List:


Box #

Folder #

Series

Folder Title

Date

1

1

I

Thomas Streeter Book collecting

1914-1979

1

2

I

American Antiquarian-Auction

1920-1949

1

3

I

The Boston Athenaeum

1943-1964

1

4

I

The Century Association

1947-1959

1

5

I

Harvard College and Harvard University Library

1948-1965

1

6

I

Streeter, T.W.-Book Collection Disposal

1949-1963

1

7

I

Streeter, T.W.-Book Collection Disposal

1949-1963

1

8

I

McLean, Malcolm D. and Margaret S. Correspondence, Mexico Trip

1951

1

9

I

American Antiquarian Society Meetings

1952

1

10

I

Americana-Beginnings (see also Hroswitha)

1952-1953

1

11

I

T.W. Streeter Publications

1957-1961

1

12

I

American Heritage

1957-1962 

1

13

I

John Carter Brown Library Associates

1957-1965

1

14

I

Thomas Streeter Article and Inventory

1958-2006

1

15

I

Thomas Streeter Memo regarding sale of books

1959

1

16

I

British Museum

1963

1

17

I

American Antiquarian

1964-1966

1

18

I

List of items intended as gift by T.W. Streeter to American Antiquarian Society, appraisal by E.E. & Sons

1965-1966

1

19

I

Parke-Bernet Contract

1965

1

20

I

Parke-Bernet Early Correspondence

1961-1964

1

21

I

Parke-Bernet Correspondence

1964-1965

1

22

I

Parke-Bernet Press Releases

1965-1966

1

23

I

Bancroft Library Bequest, Tahiti Imprints

1965-1966

1

24

I

Legacies, including Tahiti Imprints

1965-1966

1

25

I

R.A.L. Tree

1965-1966

1

26

I

Mr. Walsh

1965-1966

1

27

I

Lists

1965-1966

1

28

I

Thomas Streeter Collection

1965-1980

1

29

I

T.W. Streeter Americana Sale

1965-1967

1

30

I

Fines Arts Policy Summary

1966

1

31

I

Libraries and Book Dealers

1966

1

32

I

Thomas Streeter Clippings

1971

1

33

I

Thomas Streeter Publications

1971-1989

2

1

II

Book collecting

1969-1977

2

2

II

Book collecting

1969-1990

2

3

II

Notes based on a reading of The Golden Antilles

1970

2

4

II

Book collecting

1970-1985

2

5

II

Catalog clippings

1971-1982

2

6

II

Book collecting

1972-1979

2

7

II

Book collecting

1973-2006

2

8

II

Book collecting, prices in mid-June 1974

1974

2

9

II

Book collecting

1975-1998

2

10

II

Book collecting

1976-1986

2

11

II

Book collecting

1976-1986

2

12

II

Book collecting

1977-1987

2

13

II

Book collecting

1978-1998

2

14

II

Book collecting

1978-2003

2

15

II

Book collecting

1979-1993

2

16

II

Book collecting

1982-1999

2

17

II

Book collecting

1983-2006

3

1

II

Book collecting

1983-2001

3

2

II

Book collecting

1984-2002

3

3

II

Book collecting

1986-2000

3

4

II

Book collecting

1987-1993

3

5

II

Book collecting

1988-1993

3

6

II

Book collecting

1988-1999

3

7

II

Book notes and prices

1992

3

8

II

Book collecting

1992-1997

3

9

II

Book collecting

1992-2000

3

10

II

Book collecting

1993-1996

3

11

II

Book collecting

1994-1995

3

12

II

Book collecting, book notes and diaries

1994-2000

3

13

II

Book collecting

1995-2004

3

14

II

Book collecting

1994-1995

3

15

II

Book collecting

1998-2004

3

16

II

Book collecting

1998-2004

3

17

II

Frank T. Siebert Library Notes

1999

3

18

II

Frank T. Siebert Library Auction Information (1 of 2)

1999

3

19

II

Frank T. Siebert Library Auction Information (2 of 2)

1999

3

20

II

Book collecting

2004

4

1

II

Book prices

Undated

4

2

II

Engraving of bookplate

Undated

4

3

II

Book collecting remarks, notes

Undated

4

4

II

Notebooks on book collecting

Undated

4

5

II

Book collecting

Undated

4

6

III

Associates of the John Carter Brown Library

1966-1974

4

7

III

The Oliver Institute Collection

1968

4

8

III

N-YHS Annual Reports

1973-1974

4

9

III

N-YHS Library

1974

4

10

III

Notes for a LaPerous Exhibit at the Grolier Club

1978

4

11

III

The Hakluyt Society

1979-1980

4

12

III

Grolier Club

1983-1994

4

13

III

Century Association

1983

4

14

III

The Library Company of Philadelphia

1983

4

15

III

Grolier Club Centennial Mark

1984

4

16

III

Grolier Club

1990

4

17

III

Yale Medical Library Board of Trustees

1990

4

18

III

Boston Athenaeum Trustees Visit

1995

4

19

III

Walpole Society

1995

4

20

III

Exhibitions-Yale

1996

4

21

IV

Publications

1969-1977

4

22

IV

Publications

1975-1982

4

23

IV

Publications

1975-1991

5

 

IV

Publications

 

 

 

 

The Grolier Club, 1884-1984

 

 

 

 

The Library of Jean Grolier

 

 

 

 

Book Decorations by Grosvenor Goodhue

 

 

 

 

The Grolier Club, 1884-1967

 

 

 

 

2 copies Grolier 2000

 

 

 

 

Grolier 75

 

 

 

 

Four Oaks Farm, Four Oaks Library

 

 

 

 

The Grolier Club, Iter Italicum

 

 

 

 

One Hundred Books before 1900, Grolier Club

 

 

 

 

The Grolier Club Centennial Bibliography

 

 

 

 

Andrew Oliver, 1906-1981

 

 

 

 

2 copies Members of the Grolier Club 1884-1984

 

5

 

II

Frank Streeter Bookplate drawing

 

6

1

V

Inventory and appraisal

1970-2008

6

2

V

Inventories

1988-2001

6

3

V

Notes related to inventory

2002

6

4

V

Inventory

2002

6

5

V

Inventory, items not located

2003

6

6

V

Inventory

2003

6

7

V

Inventory

Undated

6

8

V

Inventory (most valuable books marked)

Undated

6

9

V

Inventory

Undated

6

10

V

Book list

Undated

6

11

V

Inventory

Undated

6

12

V

Inventory

Undated

6

13

V

Catalogue Descriptions (1 of 2)

Undated

6

14

V

Catalogue Descriptions (2 of 2)

Undated

6

15

V

Working Library

Undated

6

16

V

Cards

Undated

6

17

V

Cards A-J

Undated

6

18

V

Cards K-Z

Undated

6

19

V

Cards

Undated

6

20

V

Cards A-G

Undated

6

21

V

Cards H-Z

Undated

6

22

V

Supplementary Cards Transcribed

Undated

6

23

VI

Mr. Frank S. Streeter Book Appraisal

2004

6

24

VI

Book sale

2005

6

25

VI

Legal agreement

2006

7

 

VI

Thomas Streeter Parke Bernet Appraisals

1966

7

 

VI

Christie’s Proposal

2006

7

 

VI

Sotheby’s Proposal

2006

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