Specimens of penmanship from writing schools in Boston
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Extent1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Includes specimens from: the South Writing School (50 items numbered SWS 1-50), including signed work of Abiah Holbrook (SWS 1-6, dated 1766-1770); the North Writing School (20 items numbered NWS 1-20); the Writing School in Queen Street (10 items numbered QSWS 1-10); unknown writing schools (109 items, numbered UWS 1-109), including signed work of John Fenno (UWS 33-36, dated 1764-1765); and Miscellaneous engravings including: engraved specimens of writing for copying (4 items, numbered MISC 1-4); sheets with decorative engraved borders (8 items numbered MISC 5-12, 59 x 31 cm or smaller), including borders printed by George Bickham, Henry Overton, and J. Deverson.
Biographical / Historical
- I. South Writing School (SWS)
- ___A. Abiah Holbrook's work
- ___B. Student papers
- II. North Writing School (NWS)
- III. Queen Street Writing School (QSW)
- IV. Unknown writing schools (UWS)
- V. Miscellaneous engravings (MISC)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Specimens of penmanship from writing schools in Boston, 1748-1782: Guide. MS Typ 473.22
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
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