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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series.
The collection is a small group of materials, chiefly consisting of A. J. A. Symons' correspondence and records related to the First Edition Club, which Symons founded in 1922.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is located on-site.
This collection has no restrictions.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Stuart B. Schimmel Collection of A. J. A. Symons Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
A.J.A. Symons, literary papers and correspondence with some related material: Another small collection of A. J. A. Symons' papers, at the University of Leeds, U.K.
Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers, 1892-1980: A collection of materials by and about Frederick Rolfe, subject of A. J. A. Symons' best-known work, which includes a lecture typescript by Symons and several letters written to Symons about Rolfe. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Augustus Hare papers and drawing, 1854-1909: Another collection of manuscripts collected by Stuart B. Schimmel and subsequently given to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.
Stuart B. Schimmel - Oliver Wendell Holmes letters and documents, 1860-1946: Yet another of Schimmel's manuscript collections at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
No additions are expected.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was given to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library by Caroline Schimmel in 2013.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed by PTL, 2017
Reprocessed by CLB, July 2018
Finding aid written by PTL and CLB.
This collection was processed in 2017 as an addition to the Arthur and Rhoda Symons Correspondence (MS#1222). It was redescribed as a separate collection in July 2018 when A. J. A. Symons was identified as a different person from Arthur Symons.
2018-08-23 xml document instance created by Celeste Brewer.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Stuart B. Schimmel (1925-2013) was a prominent book and manuscript collector who lived in Greenwich, Connecticut. He joined the Grolier Club, a private society for New York City bibliophiles, in 1961, and served on its Council from 1972 until 1986.
A. J. A. (Alphonse James Albert) Symons (1900-1941) was an English writer, book collector, and bibliographer. He is best known for his experimental biography of the writer Frederick Rolfe, "The Quest For Corvo." He founded the First Edition Club, which published limited editions of literary works and exhibited rare books and manuscripts, in 1922. He also established the "Book Collectors Quarterly" in 1930. Symons was an expert on English writers and literary publications of the 1890s, such as Oscar Wilde.