Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: 52L-1152

Collection of marbled papers


Collection of marbled papers with a few paste papers created by artists from the 20th century.


  • circa 1945-2005

Language of Materials

English, Dutch, and possibly other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (5 boxes)

Collection formed by a private collector of 504 sheets of marbled papers, with a few paste papers, created by approximately 30 artists from numerous geographical locations, all from the 20th century. Most papers date from the late 1980s and the 1990s. Techniques and designs include Spanish marbling, veining, tiger-eyes, French snails, Japanese suminagashi, and peacocks.

Biographical / Historical

This collection was assembled over a period of thirty years by a private collector who stopped collecting around 2005. Most of the papers were acquired directly from the artists, and most of these are the first papers from a new series of marbled papers, the first one out of the bath with the best colors.


Finding aid arranged alphabetically by marbler; folders within collection are in no order though each contains the work of only one marbler.

Physical Location


Shelved at Houghton, in Lamont map room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018H-71. Purchased from Bromer Booksellers Inc. with funds from the Microglyphics Fund, 2018 February.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.

Collection of marbled papers (52L-1152): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 November 15
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2440