ARS LIBRI/J.M. EDELSTEIN American Small Press Ephemera Collection
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Guide to the Ars Libri/J.M. Edelstein American Small Press Ephemera Collection

The Ars Libri/J.M. Edelstein Aerican Small Press Ephemera Collection

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID)


1 box

The collection contains small press ephemera from mostly American presses gathered in the 1960s-1990s.

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], Ars Libri/J.M. Edelstein Small Press Ephemera Collection, 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, December 2013.

Provenance: Collection compiled by Jerome Mevin Edelstein; donated to the Grolier Club in Dec. 2013 by member Elmar W. Seibel, who was executor of the Edelstein estate.      

Access Points:
Edelstein, J. M. (Jerome Melvin), 1924-1996
Black Sparrow Press
Plantin Press

Printing—United States—20th century—Specimens

Printed ephemera

Related Collections
J.M. Edelstein Postcard Collection, Grolier Club
J.M. Edelstein Collection, Emory University Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library
J.M. Edelstein Correspondence Collection, 1964-1972, UCLA Special Collections Library

Biographical/Historical Note
Jerome Mevin "J. M." Edelstein, was a bibliographer and librarian. Born in Baltimore, he was a son of Russian and Polish immigrants. Edelstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and received a master's degree in library science from the University of Michigan. He studied at the University of Florence in Italy under a Fulbright Fellowship and sponsorship of the Italian government. He was the librarian for UCLA, chief librarian for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., associate director of the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, and before his death bibliographer-in-residence of the John Carter Brown Library. In 1963 Edelstein became a member of the Grolier Club. He died in Providence, R.I. on June 12, 1996.

Scope and Content Note
The collection is comprised of pamphlets, invitations, posters, announcements and other materials related to the day-to-day workings of a small press, gathered in the 1960s to 1990s. Most of the materials were addressed directly to J.M. Edelstein, announcing the work of the press or inviting him to an event.

Arrangement Note
The materials were arranged based on how they were originally sent to the repository and were mostly separated by size. The archivist arranged the items by folders, briefly looking at all of the materials to confirm a general date range. All of the dates on materials are approximate, and the collection may have a larger date range. Originally donated with approximately 100 prints and drawings depicting readers, libraries, and literary institutions, which were incorporated into the Grolier Club Prints and Drawings collection.

Container List
Box 1
Folder 1 Small Press Ephemera  1975-1985
Folder 2 Small Press Ephemera  1980-1985
Folder 3 Small Press Ephemera  Undated
Folder 4 Small Press Ephemera  1975-1981
Folder 5 Small Press Ephemera  1965-1975
Folder 6 Small Press Ephemera  1976-1984
Folder 7 Black Sparrow Press Ephemera 1973-1982
Folder 8 Small Press Ephemera  1980-1996
Folder 9 Small Press Ephemera   Undated
Folder 10 Small Press Ephemera  1970-1980
Folder 11 Small Press Ephemera  Undated
Folder 12 Small Press Ephemera Undated
Folder 13 Small Press Ephemera  1980-1995
Folder 14 Small Press Ephemera  Undated
Folder 15 Plantin Press Ephemera Undated

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