GROLIER CLUB RG7 Series V: Centennial
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Guide to the Grolier Club Centennial Records

Title: Grolier Club Institutional Records, RG 7, Series V: Centennial

 

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): OCLC 79418321

 

Dates:             1979-1986

 

Bulk Dates: 1982-1984

 

Extent: 14 boxes (6.6 linear ft.), including approximately 275 photographs

 

Abstract: The Grolier Club Centennial records collection includes records documenting fundraising, events, and publications issued for the Club’s Centennial, which occurred in 1984.

 

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research use. Access to the Centennial Fund Contributions is restricted for 75 years from date of creation, or until 2058. 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 Centennial Records, 1979-1986, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This finding aid was prepared by Allison Hughes in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, April 2017.

 

Provenance: Items in this collection were created by members or staff of the Grolier Club during the course of activities relating to the Club’s Centennial.

                                            

Access Points:

Names

Benz, Lawrence, composer.

Blumenthal, Joseph, 1897-. Typographic Years.

Breslauer B. (Bernard H.)

Folter, Roland.

Graff, Robert D., 1918-

Nikirk, Robert.

Reese, William S,

Riley, Elizabeth.

Grolier Club.

Grolier Club. Centennial Committee.

Grolier Club. Committee on Public Exhibitions.

Grolier Club. Committee on Publications.

Grolier Club. Council.

Grolier Club. Centennial celebrations, etc.

Grolier Club Centennial Convocation.

Stinehour Press.

 

Subjects

Book collectors. Societies, etc. Anniversaries.

 

Genres

Card files.

Invitations.

Photographs.

Printed ephemera.

Printers’ proofs.

Prospectuses.

Scores.

Typescripts.

Biographical/Historical Note:  The Grolier Club was founded in New York City in 1884 for the purpose of promoting the arts of the book through exhibitions, publications, and events. For its Centennial in 1984, the Club organized a program of exhibits, publications, public events and social events for members. The Centennial Fund was launched in the fall of 1982 to raise money for capital projects. The Club’s Centennial Committee, Robert D. Graff chair, oversaw all activities while the Club’s Council and Committees on Publications, Public Exhibitions, and Modern Fine Printing played active roles. Robert Nikirk, Club Librarian and Elizabeth Riley and William Reese, successively chairs of the Committee on Publications, also took leadership roles.

 

Scope and Content Note: The Grolier Club Centennial records collection includes records documenting the Centennial fundraising campaign, Centennial events, and major Club publications issued for the Centennial. Publication material includes authors’ typescripts, galley/printers’ proofs from the Stinehour Press, and related correspondence. The following publications are represented: Joseph Blumenthal’s The Typographic Years (1983); Bibliography, Its History and Development by Bernard Breslauer and Roland Folter (1984); The Grolier Club: Its Library, Publications and Exhibitions (1984) and Books and Prints, Past, Present and Future: Papers Presented at the Grolier Club Centennial Convocation (1984). Also present are index cards of member information assembled by Allen Asaf for Members of the Grolier Club, 1884-1984 (1986). There are also invitations and other printed ephemera issued in connection with the Centennial, an autograph score for the Grolier Centennial Fanfare composed by Lawrence Benz, and approximately 275 photographs of Centennial events.

Related Materials Note:

·       Grolier Club Committee on Modern Fine Printing Records (RG 4)

·       Grolier Club Committee on Public Exhibitions Records (RG 3)

·       Grolier Club Publications Committee Records (RG 2)

·       Grolier Club Committee on Finance Records (RG 6)

 

Arrangement Note: This material is arranged into the following series:

I.                 Centennial Fund

II.               Centennial Publications

III.             Centennial Correspondence and Ephemera

IV.            Photographs of Centennial Events

Container List:

Subseries I: Centennial Fund

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

1

Centennial Fund Area Chairmen

1984

1

2

Centennial Fund Brochure

circa 1984

1

3

Centennial Fund Letters to Members

1982-1983

1

4

Centennial Fund List of Contributors, Etc.

1982-1985

1

5-10

Centennial Fund Contributions

1982-1983

Subseries II: Centennial Publications

            IIA: The Typographic Years

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

2

1

Prospectus

1982

2

2

Joseph Blumenthal Correspondence

1982

2

3

Stinehour Press Correspondence

1979-1982

2

4

List of Subscribers

1982

2

5

Correspondence and Drafts

1979-1982

2

6

Galley Proofs with Corrections

circa 1983

2

7

Unbound Signatures

1983

IIB: Bibliography, Its History and Development

 

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

3

1

Prospectus Drafts

1983

3

2

Prospectus

circa 1983

3

3

Exhibition Labels with Corrections

undated

3

4-5

Final Draft Typescript

circa 1982

4

1-3

Copyedited Typescript and Correspondence

1982

4

4

Galley Proofs with Corrections

circa 1983

4

5

Master Proof with Author’s Final Corrections

circa 1983

4

6

Unbound Signatures

1984

            IIC: The Grolier Club: Its Library, Publications and Exhibitions

 

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

5

1

Prospectuses

undated

5

2

Stinehour Press Correspondence

1982-1983

5

3

Miscellaneous Correspondence

1982-1983

5

4-5

Typescript with Corrections

1982-1983

5

6

Copyright, Reviews, et al

1982-1984

5

7

Denise Leibert Correspondence

1984-1986

6

1

Robert D. Graff, Preface

1983

6

2

Robert Nikirk, The Grolier Club Library

1983

6

3

Ruth Mortimer, Post-1500 Printed Books

1983

6

4

William Reese, Auction Catalogues

1983

6

5

William Scheide and Mina Bryan, Incunabula in the Grolier Club

1983

6

6

William P. Barlow, Jr., Private Library Catalogues

1983

6

7

P. William Filby, Grolier Club Archives

1983

6

8

Herbert Cahoon, Autograph Manuscripts

1983

6

9

Philip D. Cate and Herbert D. Schimmel, The Print Collection

1983

6

10

Douglas F. Bauer, The Library as a Resource for the Collector and Scholar

1983

6

11

Terry Belenger, Educational Uses of the Library

1983

6

12

Wendell Garrett, The Clubhouse

1983

6

13

C. Waller Barrett, Publications

1983

6

14-16

Allen Asaf, Publications of the Grolier Club

1983

6

17

G. Thomas Tanselle, Exhibitions

1983

6

18-19

Allen Asaf, Exhibitions and Meetings

1983

7

1

Galleys, Second Set (Incomplete)

circa 1984

7

2

Revised Galleys (Complete)

circa 1984

7

3

Trial Index

1983

7

4

Index Galleys

1984

7

5

List of Subscribers

1981-1984

7

6

Illustration Captions

1984

7

7

Unbound Signatures

1984

IID: Books and Prints, Past, Present and Future: Papers Presented at the Grolier Club Centennial Convocation

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

8

1

General File

1984

8

2-3

Seminar I: History of the Book

1984

8

4-5

Seminar II: Prints: Past, Present, and

1984

8

6

Seminar III: The Future of the Book

1984

8

7

Dinner Talk: Daniel Bell, Gutenberg and the Computer

1984

            IIE. Members of the Grolier Club, 1884-1984

           

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

9

Member Index Cards, A-R

circa 1986

10

Member Index Cards, S-Z; Miscellaneous Cards (Publicity, Serials, etc.)

circa 1986

Subseries III: Centennial Correspondence and Ephemera

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

11

1

Centennial Committee

1981-1983

11

2

Centennial Committee on Modern Fine Printing

1982-1983

11

3

Centennial Annual Meeting Invitation

1984

11

4

Centennial Seal

1983-1984

11

5

Report of the Secretary on the Centennial Meeting

1984

11

6-9

Centennial Mailings to Members

1982-1984

12

1

Grolier Centennial Fanfare Score

1984

14

1

Commemorative Box of Ephemera

1984

Subseries IV: Photographs of Centennial Events

Scope and Content Note: Approximately 275 photographs, both black and white and color, 20 x 25 cm and smaller. Photographs of Centennial Meeting and Dinner and Convocation and Dinner at Lincoln Center by Erich Hartmann of Magnum Photo; no photographer identified for The Taste of 1884 and Metropolitan Museum of Art Reception.

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

12

2-3

The Taste of 1884

1984

12

4-6

Centennial Meeting and Dinner

1984

13

1-2

Centennial Convocation and Dinner at Lincoln Center

1984

13

3

Centennial Reception for the Grolier Club at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1984

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