Harvard College Library printing plates and blocks used in the production of bookplates
- , 1850-1971
- Harvard College Library (Organization)
Conditions on access and use
Restricted material is housed in box 8.
Extent2.62 cubic feet (7 document boxes, 1 half document box)
Of particular note in this collection is Nathaniel Hurd's copper printing plate engraved circa 1765 for the Detur Prize, which was the first bookplate created and used by the Harvard College Library. This copper plate was used for the production of bookplates to be placed in books presented by the college as prizes to students.
In addition to the engraved printing plates and wooden printing blocks, the collection also contains a limited amount of correspondence and sample bookplates. These items have been arranged with the corresponding plate or block in the collection.
Historical note on bookplates in the Harvard College Library
Over the next two hundred sixty years, the Harvard College Library inserted bookplates into its printed volumes to indicate ownership, identify collections, and honor donors. The Library continued this practice until December 2010; all materials acquired after this date, with the exception of rare books and manuscripts, now receive a digital rather than a paper bookplate.
- Printing plates and related correspondence, , 1850-1971
- Printing blocks, [1858-1949]
- Accession 18466; received 2011 November 7
Processing included rehousing materials in the appropriate containers, establishment of series hierarchy, and the creation of this finding aid. Printing plate and block titles were transcribed by the archivist; dates and titles supplied by the archivist appear in brackets.
- Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library printing plates and blocks used in the production of bookplates, , 1850-1971: an inventory
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