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Sara Eugenia Blake Bookplate Collection, circa 1750-1950

Summary Information


A collection of bookplates assembled by the bookplate designer and collector Sara Eugenia Blake (1886-1973). The collection also includes correspondence and greeting cards received by Blake in the course of her collecting activities, as well as books and pamphlets relating to the collecting of "ex libris" art.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0125
Bib ID 4079649 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Blake, Sara Eugenia, 1886-1973
Title Sara Eugenia Blake Bookplate Collection, circa 1750-1950
Physical Description 15.5 linear feet (38 slipcases, 5 boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in two series.


Scope and Contents

American and foreign bookplates; correspondence and greeting cards received by Blake in the course of her collecting activities; books and pamphlets relating to the collecting of "ex libris" art and the work of individual bookplate artists. The plates date primarily from the early 20th century, with some earlier examples. There are two boxes each of institutional and armorial plates, and one box of plates designed for celebrities, including the plate designed by Paul Revere for Isaiah Thomas, and plates of Anthony Trollope, George Bernard Shaw, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Igor Stravinsky, Herbert Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Some of the artists represented in the collection are Edwin Dale French, George Eve, Peter Fingerstein, Eric Gill, Rockwell Kent, and George Perrotet. There are separate groups of American, Australian, Dutch, and Spanish plates, and of plates designed for bookplate collectors, including Irene Dunn Andrews Pace and Elizabeth and J. Edouard Diamond.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); Sara Eugenia Blake Bookplate Collection; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

Alexander M. Welch Bookplate Collection: Another collection of bookplates at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

James Mark Baldwin Bookplate Collection: Another collection of bookplates at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Samuel X. Radbill correspondence concerning bookplates: A collection primarily composed of Blake's correspondence with Samuel X. Radbill, also a bookplate collector. At the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed ADS 07/12/76.

Materials were intellectually arranged into series at the same time the finding aid was converted to EAD. A biographical note and related materials notes were also added. Nothing in the collection was physically rearranged.

This collection was formerly called the Sara Eugenia Blake papers. The title was changed in May 2020 to better reflect the nature of its contents.

Revision Description

2020-05-21 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and collection title changed by CLB.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Bookplates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greeting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Bookplates, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookplates, Australian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookplates, Dutch Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookplates, Spanish Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gill, Eric, 1882-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Graphic artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heraldic bookplates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Revere, Paul, 1735-1818 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Sara Eugenia "Sally" Blake (1886-1973) was a bookplate designer and collector who lived in Boston, Massachusetts. She also worked as the librarian for the Tufts College Medical and Dental Schools.

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Series I: Bookplates

Box 1 Armorial Plates (Unsorted)

Box 2 Armorial Plates (Unsorted)

Box 3 Artists, A-B (Unsorted)

Box 4 Artists, B (Sorted)-Blake, Sara E.

Box 5 Artists, B (Unsorted)-C (Sorted)

Box 6 Artists, C-D (Unsorted)

Box 7 Artists, E (Sorted)-F (Unsorted)

Box 8 Artists, F (Sorted)-French, Edwin D.

Box 9 Artists, G (Sorted)-H (Sorted)

Box 10 Artists, H (Unsorted)-J (Sorted)

Box 11 Artists, J-L (Unsorted)

Box 12 Artists, M-N (Unsorted)

Box 13 Artists, O-Q (Unsorted)

Box 14 Artists, R (Unsorted)-S (Sorted)

Box 15 Artists, S (Sorted)

Box 16 Artists, S (Sorted)-Sraith, Sydney L.

Box 17 Artists, S-U (Unsorted)

Box 18 Artists, V-Z (Unsorted)

Box 19 Celebrities

Box 20 Collectors, A-D

Box 21 Collectors, E-M

Box 22 Collectors, N-R

Box 23 Collectors, S-Z

Box 24 Geographical Arrangement: Australia

Box 25 Geographical Arrangement: Foreign (Unsorted)

Box 26 Geographical Arrangement: Foreign (Unsorted)

Box 27 Geographical Arrangement: Foreign (Unsorted)

Box 28 Geographical Arrangement: Foreign (Unsorted)

Box 29 Geographical Arrangement: Foreign (Unsorted)

Box 30 Geographical Arrangement: Holland

Box 31 Geographical Arrangement: Holland

Box 32 Geographical Arrangement: Holland

Box 33 Geographical Arrangement: Spain

Box 34 Geographical Arrangement: Spain

Box 35 Geographical Arrangement: Spain

Box 36 Geographical Arrangement: United States

Box 37 Societies & Institutions (Unsorted)

Box 38 Societies & Institutions (Unsorted)

Box 39 Bookplates designed For Sara Blake

Series II: Personal materials

Box 39 Correspondence

Box 39 Greeting cards

Box 39 Manuscript material

Box 39 Oversized plates

Box 40 Printed Material

Box 41 Printed Material

Box 42 Printed Material

Box 43 Books and catalogues from the library of Sara E. Blake