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Theodore Low De Vinne papers, 1850-1914

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0340
Bib ID 4078693 View CLIO record
Creator(s) De Vinne, Theodore Low, 1828-1914
Title Theodore Low De Vinne papers, 1850-1914
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Correspondence, documents, scrapbooks, and notes, drafts, and manuscripts of De Vinne's books, essays, and articles on printing. The collection contains much documentation relating to the Typothetae of the City of New York.

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This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Theodore Low De Vinne papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Ownership and Custodial History

From the Typographic Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Typographic Library. Accession number--M-59.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Subject Headings

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Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Printers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printing -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printing -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Typothetae of the City of New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American printer. De Vinne was one of the founders of the Typothetae of the City of New York, serving as secretary and president.

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Box 1 Cushing, J. Stearns, 12 November 1900

De Vinne, Theodore B. To:

Box 1 Everet J. Wendell, 12 May 1914

Box 1 Henry Lewis Bullen, 20 september 1910-20 January 1917

Box 1 Camille DeVeze

Box 1 Editor of the American Printer

Box 1 Joel Munsell, 11 January 1875

Box 1 Mr. Mackellar, 17 March 1887

Box 1 L. B. Benton, 30 June 1896

Box 1 Mr. Mackellar

Box 1 Mr. Cochrane, 29 March-20 June 1901

Box 1 The Century Company, 11-13 August 1900

Box 1 J. M. Stoddart, 2 November 1903

Box 1 Ginn and Company, 20 December 1906

Box 1 Frank B. Berry, 20 & 23 March 1907

Box 1 Henry Lewis Johnson, 8 November 1907

Box 1 Mr. Veeder, 17 June 1908

Box 1 Dr. George P. Holden, 27 July 1909-18 May 1912

Box 1 Felt, Charles W., 14 April 1865

Box 1 Gilliss, Walter, 18 January 1905

Box 1 Holden, W. H., 5 March 1876

Box 1 Howe, James Lucas, 28 September 1864

Box 1 Knox, J. F., 5 October 1864

Box 1 Martin, James H, 24 October 1904

Box 1 Miller, Leonard H, 5 May 1871-31 May 1875

Box 1 Munsell, Joel, 9 August 1864

Box 1 Richardson, Warren, 22 May 1900

Box 1 Rooses, Max, 17 October 1884

Box 1 Saint-Andre de Lignereux, 12 January 1904

Box 1 St. John, James A, 3 May 1883 & 19 November 1890

Box 1 Smeding, L. H., 26 June 1901

Box 1 Sewell, Alfred, 13 October 1864

Box 1 Shipman, Craoline, 1904-1905

Box 1 Smith, R. H,, 10 December 1869-15 November 1870

Box 1 Wright, A. J., 10 November 1864

Box 1 Miscellaneous Corresponence

Proofs and Engravings

De Vinne:

Box 1 Engraving on Wood

Brehmer, Henry:

Box 1 Renner type: Trial proofs, 1898-1899


Box 1 DeVinne "Memorandum re. the differences between employers and employees"

Box 1 DeVinne "Agreement for uniform price scale"

Box 1 DeVinne Calling Card with instructions, 14 January 1904


Box 2 About Novelties in Typography

Box 2 About Pages and Margins

Box 2 About Typographical Unions

Box 2 The Adaptability of Papers

Box 2 Addresses

Box 2 Addtess to Columbia University students in architecture, December 1906

Box 2 Address to Yale College Club

Box 2 Bookmaking

Box 2 Brass Rule

Box 2 Choice of faces

Box 2 Address to Electerical Engineers, 9 February 1903

Box 2 Address to Stationers

Box 2 Composition

Box 2 Compositiojn in time

Box 2 Concerning Composition done for the Century Company, November 1894

Box 2 Decoration

Box 2 The Decoration of Books

Box 2 Detachable notes

Box 2 The Different Methods of Printing

Box 2 Display

Box 2 Display

Box 2 Early Roman Printing Types (1)

Box 2 Early Roman Printing Types (2)

Box 2 Estimate of copy, often called the Casting-Off of Copy

Box 2 Greek Type

Box 2 Hints about Job Composition

Box 2 The Implied Agreement between Author & P (unfinished)

Box 2 L'Imprimeris #623-627

Box 2 Initial Letters

Box 2 Initials and Headbands

Box 2 Italics

Box 2 Librarians Abbreviations - English, French, Italian, Latin

Box 2 List of Books belonging to Mr. Theo. L. DeVinne in Office Library, October 1906

Box 2 Memoranda about early Roman types

Box 2 Memoranda of litarary work concerning practical printing

Box 2 Measurable Matter

Box 2 Measurements

Box 2 Medieval Typography

Box 2 Misc. copy for Specimen books - less than 100 words

Box 2 Misc. copy for Specimen books - Poetry

Box 2 Misc. copy for Specimen books - 100 words or more

Box 2 Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Box 3 New Styles of Text Type (unfinished)

Box 3 New Text Types (unfinished)

Box 3 Notes made for a speech before the Typothetae at Aldine Association, 1900

Box 3 Old rules of display (on ms. leaves numbered 29-33)

Box 3 Paper

Box 3 Paper and Paper-Making

Box 3 A paper on the state of the printing trade, 1887

Read but never published

Box 3 Planning of display

Box 3 Plantin, Christopher "Dialogues in French for Young People" (with De Vinne's ms. notes)

Box 3 A new edition of "The Inferno"

Box 3 Roman Type

Box 3 Routine of Book-Composition

Box 3 Sketches of printers of Italy

Notes on books examined or used for fascims

Box 3 Society for the Encouragement of Arts. "The Report of the Committee on the Deterioration of Paper", 1898?

Box 3 Some Wrong Notions

Box 3 Wood-cuts . . . Errors of designers

Box 3 Why some wook-cuts are unsatisfactory

Box 3 Weber's "Buchdruckerei"

DeVinne's ms. excerpts of sections 39-41

Box 3 Typographical Efforts

Box 3 A poem

Box 3 Practice of typography (notes, etc.)

Box 3 Printing in New York

Box 3 Proofs

Box 3 Printing in the XIXth Century

Contribution to Evening Post, September 1900

Box 3 The Proper Proportions of Pages and Margins, etc.

From The Sizes and Shapes of Books

Box 3 La Reliure francaise (French book-binding)

Box 3 Remarks by Theodore L. DeVinne before the Board of Trade, 29 January 1903

Box 3 Types, &c.-memoranda

Box 3 Type

Box 3 To measure copy

Box 3 The Theory of Presswork (unfinished)

Box 3 Spacing of letters

Box 3 Spacing

Drawings, Notes, Financial, Printed


Box 4 Miscellaneous

Box 4 Hoe Catalogues Furnituire

Box 4 Printed Ephemera

Box 4 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 4 Galley Proofs-Miscellaneous

Financial Record:

Box 4 Bills and bank drafts

Box 5 Miscellaneous Printed Materials


Printed Books:

Box 6 Fascililes of Types of Notable Printers of Italy During the Fifteenth Century

Box 6 Theodore Low De Vinne Printer

Box 6 First Constitution of The Typothetae together With Autographs of the Original Signers , March 1866

Box 6 The De Vinne Press , 1900


Removed to be cataloged for Book Arts, 2/17/2020

Box 6 The Library of Theodore Low De Vinne , 1920

Box 6 Catalogue of Works of The De Vinne Press , 1929

Grolier Club exhibition catalog