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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1614.2

Joseph Ishill correspondence


Letters to printer and publisher Joseph Ishill pertaining to publications of the Oriole Press and to his research and collecting interests.


  • Creation: 1942-1966

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1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Correspondence primarily pertaining to publications of the Oriole Press and to his research and collecting interests. Also includes letters to his wife Rose Freeman-Ishill and his daughter Crystal Ishill Mendelsohn.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Ishill (1888-1966) was a printer, publisher, typographer, and a collector of radical, anarchist, and libertarian literature. He conducted the Oriole Press in Berkeley Heights, N.J.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Joseph Ishill
  2. II. Letters to Rose Freeman-Ishill.
  3. III. Letters to Crystal (Ishill) Mendelsohn.
  4. IV. Letters from Joseph Ishill

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*80M-28. Gift of Crystal (Ishill) Mendelsohn, 1330 Erickson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227; received: 1981 May 8.

Ishill, Joseph. Joseph Ishill correspondence: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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