GROLIER CLUB RG1 Series V: Records of the Curator
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Guide to the Grolier Club Records of the Curator, 1887-1960

Title:
Grolier Club Institutional Records, Record Group 1, Series V: Records of the Curator, 1887-1960

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID):
OCLC 79458521 / NYGG05-A10007

Dates:            
1887-1960

Extent:
10 boxes; 4.2 linear feet

Abstract:
Correspondence, order receipts, menus, and notes relating to the activities of the Grolier Club Curator and the daily operation of the Grolier Club.

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], Grolier Club Records of the Curator, 1887-1960, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid:
This finding aid was prepared by Sophia Dahab in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, January 2017, with additions by Allison Hughes in May 2017.

Provenance:
Items in this collection were created by members or staff of the Grolier Club in the course of regular Club house activities.

Access Points:

Names
Alliot, Hector.
Billings, William R.
Grolier Club.
Manning, Henry.
McKay, George L. (George Leslie), 1895-1976.
Morton, Joseph L.

Subjects
Dinners. New York (State). New York. 20th century.
Printing. Societies, etc. New York (State). New York.
Book clubs. New York (State). New York.

 Genres
Bills.
Correspondence.
Menus.

Biographical/Historical Note:
Beginning in 1884, the Grolier Club Curator was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the club, including overseeing purchases, deliveries, maintenance and catering. The curator also carried out work and correspondence on behalf of the officers, particularly for the secretary and treasurer. With the appointment in 1924 of George Leslie McKay, who was a professionally trained librarian, the curator’s role evolved to include assisting the librarian with inquiries and exhibitions. With the retirement of the long-serving librarian Ruth S. Granniss in 1944, McKay was appointed to the combined position of curator and librarian and served in this capacity until his retirement at the end of 1958.  The position remained vacant until 1963, when the Club hired Gabriel Austin, who two years later went on to become Librarian.  The position entered another period of vacancy, and though the title was resumed in 2000, the duties attached to it were changed markedly and was bestowed upon those who had successfully passed a probationary period as Cataloguer. In 2004, with the decision to change the title of the traditional Grolier Club COO post from Librarian to Director, the title of the assistant position was changed from Curator to Librarian, a more accurate description of the post and its duties.

Grolier Club Curators:

1884-1890       Hector Alliot

1890-1893       Henry C. Manning

1893-1917       Joseph L. Morton

1917-1918       Arthur K. Jolliffe

1918-1924       William R. Billings

1924-1959       George Leslie McKay

1963-1965       Gabriel Austin

2000                Michael North

2002-2004       Jose Fernando Peña

Scope and Content Note:
This series consists of correspondence, notes, receipts, orders, menus, and other documents related to daily operations of the Club. These records document the tenure of Grolier Club Curators beginning with Hector Alliot and ending with George McKay. Note that, given the overlap of the Curator and Librarian roles, a significant amount of related material not present here is located in the Records of the Librarian/Executive Director series, including: correspondence of George McKay post-1944; Gabriel Austin’s correspondence as Curator; and all records of Curators from 2000-2004.

Related Materials Note:
Related materials may be found in the following collections in this repository:

            RG 1, Series III: Records of the Librarian/Executive Director

            RG 1. Series VI: Records of the Secretary

            RG 5, Series II: Records of the House Committee

            RG 8. Series I: Records of the Membership Committee

Arrangement Note:
Items in this collection are arranged by Curator, chronologically. Series 6, George McKay is organized into two subseries: chronological correspondence and alphabetical subject files.

Container List:

Series 1: Hector Alliot

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Alliott Correspondence and Receipts

1887-1889

1

2

Subscription orders and receipts

1887


Series 2: Joseph L. Morton

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

3

Morton’s annotated copy of 1893 Yearbook

1893

1

4

1893 Yearbook

1893

1

5

Record of food/menus served at Club functions

ca. 1901-1911?

1

6

Correspondence and receipts (also re. Bordoni painting)

1894-1909

1

7

Correspondence and receipts

1910

1

8

Correspondence and receipts

1911

1

9

Correspondence and related

1912

1

10

Correspondence

1913-1916


Series 3: Arthur K. Jolliffe

Box

Folder

Title

Date

2

1

Correspondence and related materials

1916

2

2

Correspondence, etc.

1917-1918


Series 4: H. B. Chilson

Box

Folder

Title

Date

2

3

Correspondence, etc.

1917

2

4

Correspondence, etc.

1918


Series 5: William R. Billings

Box

Folder

Title

Date

2

5

Correspondence

1918

2

6

Correspondence

1919

2

7

Correspondence (1 of 2)

1920

2

8

Correspondence (2 of 2)

1920

2

9

Correspondence (1 of 2)

1921

3

1

Correspondence (2 of 2)

1921

3

2

Correspondence

1922

3

3

Correspondence re resignation

1923


Series 6: George L. McKay

Subseries 1: Correspondence
Scope and Content Note:
These files run from 1923-1944, with some gaps. From April 1944 until the end of 1958 McKay held a joint appointment as Librarian and Curator. He did not maintain separate files for each activity. His combined files are part of the Librarian/Executive Director record series.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

3

4

Correspondence, Club Of Odd Volumes

1923-1924

3

5

Correspondence, K

1923-1924

3

6

Correspondence, L

1923-1924

3

7

Correspondence, M

1923-1924

3

8

Correspondence, N

1923-1924

3

9

Correspondence, O-P

1923-1924

3

10

Correspondence, R

1923-1924

3

11

Correspondence, S

1923-1924

3

12

Correspondence, T

1923-1924

3

13

Correspondence, Treasurer (Jaffray)

1923-1924

3

14

Correspondence, Treasurer (Jaffray) Disbursements and Reimbursements

1923-1924

3

15

Correspondence, U

1923-1924

3

16

Correspondence, W

1923-1924

3

17

Correspondence, Z

1923-1924

3

18

Correspondence

1924-1926

4

1

Correspondence, A-B

1927-1929

4

2

Correspondence, C

1927-1929

4

3

Correspondence, Caxton Club

1927-1929

4

4

Correspondence, Central Union Trust Co.

1927-1929

4

5

Correspondence, Chase National Bank

1927-1929

4

6

Correspondence, Christmas Fund

1927-1929

4

7

Correspondence, Council of the Grolier Club

1927-1929

4

8

Correspondence, Committees of the Grolier Club

1927-1929

4

9

Correspondence, D

1927-1929

4

10

Correspondence, Dinner

1927

4

11

Correspondence, Dinner

1928

4

12

Correspondence, Dues

1928

4

13

Correspondence, E

1927-1929

4

14

Correspondence, F

1927-1929

4

15

Correspondence, Franklin Passports

1926

4

16

Correspondence, G

1927-1929

5

1

Correspondence, H

1927-1929

5

2

Correspondence, I

1927-1929

5

3

Correspondence, J

1927-1929

5

4

Correspondence, K

1927-1929

5

5

Correspondence, L

1927-1929

5

6

Correspondence, M

1927-1929

5

7

Correspondence, Mc

1927-1929

5

8

Correspondence, Membership

1927-1929

5

9

Correspondence, N

1927-1929

5

10

Correspondence, Otis Elevator Co.

1927-1929

5

11

Correspondence, Orders

1928-1929

5

12

Correspondence, P

1927-1929

5

13

Correspondence, R

1927-1929

5

14

Correspondence, S

1927-1929

5

15

Correspondence, T

1927-1929

5

16

Correspondence, Thackeray item

1929

5

17

Correspondence, Treasurer

1927-1929

5

18

Correspondence, U

1927-1929

5

19

Correspondence, V

1927-1929

5

20

Correspondence, W

1927-1929

5

21

Correspondence, XYZ

1927-1929

6

1

Correspondence

January-July 1930

6

2

Correspondence, Frederick Pottle

1930-1931

6

3

Correspondence

1932-1934

6

4

Correspondence

1938-1939

6

5

Correspondence, Bills for Library Committee

1939-1940

6

6

Correspondence, Bills for Library Committee

1940-1941

6

7

Correspondence

1940-1942

6

8

Correspondence

1942-1943

6

9

Correspondence, Library Orders

1943

7

1

Correspondence (1 of 2)

1943-1944

7

2

Correspondence (2 of 2)

1943-1944


Subseries 2: Subject Files

Scope and Content Note:
These files primarily represent the work of George L. McKay but some material from the time of earlier curators and from various officers of the club are also represented.

Arrangement Note:
Files arranged alphabetically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

7

3

American Institute of Graphic Arts

1927-1950

7

4

American Institute of Graphic Arts

1947-1959

7

5

Auction Meetings

1926

7

6

Bibliographical Society of America

1943-1960

7

7

Bibliophile Societies (1 of 2)

1924-1953

8

1

Bibliophile Societies (2 of 2)

1924-1953

8

2

Blank Forms and Stationery

1920s

8

3

Bookseller Catalogs, Announcements, Correspondence

1945-1946

8

4

Christmas Fund

1919-1955

8

5

Clubs (Other)

1917-1957

8

6

Clubs and the National Recovery Act

1933

8

7

Copyright

1932

8

8

Dinners: Annual General Meetings

1939-1957

8

9

Dinners: Bills

1949-1950

8

10

Dinners: Bills

1950-1951

8

11

Dinners: Bills

1951-1952

9

1

Dinners: Bills

1952-1953

9

2

Dinners: Bills

1954-1955

9

3

Dinners: Bills

1955-1956

9

4

Dinners: Fiftieth Anniversary

1934

9

5

Dinners: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary

1959

9

6

Dinners: Howard Mansfield (1 of 2)

1928

9

7

Dinners: Howard Mansfield (2 of 2)

1928

10

1

Dinners: Rowfant Club

1952

10

2

Dinners: Paul Bennett

1953

10

3

Founders Fund First Annual Report

undated

10

4

Hroswitha Club

1948

10

5

Imprint Society

1945-1949

10

6

Insurance

1915

10

7

Insurance

1916

10

8

Insurance

1917

10

9

Insurance

1923

10

10

Insurance Expiration Register

1908-1927

10

11

Insurance and Workmen’s Comp.

1924

10

12

Personnel, Miscellaneous Correspondence

1923-1960

10

13

Postage

1961

10

14

Printing, Stationery

1941-1952

10

15

Printing, Yearbook

1925-1949

10

16

Saturday Afternoon Teas

1944-1958

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