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COLLECTION Identifier: 52L-1001

Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers,

The collection consists chiefly of printed endpapers and a small group of book jackets collected by Rosamund B. Loring.


  • 1900-1950,
  • (bulk) 1920-1941.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires the permission of the Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts.

Examination is by appointment with the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts.


Reproductions for publication must be ordered through Houghton Library from Harvard College Library Imaging Services. Permission to publish or distribute images of papers must be sought from the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts.


1 collection (34 linear feet (28 boxes [17 flat boxes, 11 portfolio boxes]))

This collection consists of printed endpapers or endleaves which were removed by Rosamond B. Loring from twentieth century commercial editions. In addition, the collection also includes a few printed book jackets.

The endpapers attached to the pieces of cardbaord were mounted in this manner by Loring herself. The annotations in ink on the mounts are in her hand.

Biographical / Historical

Rosamond Bowditch Loring (1889-1950) was a maker, collector, and historian of decorated papers. She was the author of Marbled papers (1933); Decorated book papers (1942; 2nd ed., with additional material, 1952; 4th ed., with additional material, 2007);"Colored Paste Papers", The New Colophon 2/5 (January 1949): 33-40; Marbled and Paste Papers: Rosamond Loring's Recipe Book [facsimile ed.] (2007).


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Printed endpapers
  2. ___A. Small mounted, identified
  3. ___B. Small mounted, unidentified
  4. ___C. Large mounted, identified
  5. ___D. Large mounted, unidentified
  6. ___E. Unmounted, identified
  7. ___F. Unmounted, unidentified
  8. II. Book jackets

Physical Location

Lamont Map Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

52L-1001. Bequest of Rosamund B. Loring; received: 1952.

Related Materials

Loring's bequest to Houghton Library included her library of paper sample books, books about decorated paper, and books containing examples of decorated papers. These are classified as *52L-1 through *52L-713. Additional books and paper samples have been given by her family or purchased on a fund endowed in her name and are also classed under *52L.

This portion of the Rosamund Loring decorated paper collection that is, printed endpapers or endleaves from twentieth-century commercial editions, is cataloged separately from the largest portion of the decorated paper collection. This larger portion of decorated papers is cataloged as Rosamond B. Loring collection of decorated papers (*52L-1000).

Processing Information

Processed by: Alexis Dinniman with the assistance of Jennifer Lyons.
Link to catalog
Loring, Rosamond B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950. Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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