Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
1. From R. Ackerman’s Repository of Arts, an advertisement announcing that Ackerman had recently reopened his circulating portfolios, which included drawings and prints. Also mentioned are drawing and watercolor supplies, as well as work boxes, baskets, writing desks, etc. Color vignette showing children. Early 1800s. (05x61)
house carpenters and cabinetmakers McArthur & McIlvain,
3. In 1844, there was an exhibition of sacred views illustrating biblical events, “combining instruction and amusement in the most agreeable and entertaining manner.” Presumably a Mr. Owens did it, since this small broadside also notes that he was going to show “fancy glass working.” (05x62.3)
illustrated brochure for Shaw-Walker,
The Atwater Kent
Receiver was a radio that was built into a walnut case, resembling a
table. Sold by True & Blanchard Co.,
A guide to rapid
and accurate computation, by Prof. Hutchings.
This is a four page advertisement from 1860 having to do with simple
arithmetic. An accompanying exhibit was
7. An illustrated advertisement for Smith’s New Improved Patent Force Sprinkler, which was supposed to throw a stream of water 60 feet or more. Illustration shows a young girl watering flowers with the device and in the background two other youngsters washing a house. (05x66.6)
“The sensation of
the day!” A small announcement
announcing water color instruction and instruction in lustra painting, termed
A printed bill
from Lawrence Pottery,
2. Manuscript bill to J.S. Osgood from Samuel Chase for bushels of hair; 1849. (05x64.4)
Alvin Essex sold
food to C. Lobey, including pickles, onions, and mangoes;
What appears to
be a fragment of a bill from James Barlow, brass candlestick maker,
& Woodford of
A bill from 1859
to Anthony Day from R.B. Earle & Co.,
A manuscript bill
from P. Ballou for eighteen inch candy containers, costing $2.25; from
10. Bills from John Bennett to John Fryers, 1749 and 1751, for brass chafing dishes, thumb latches, drawer handles, etc. (05x85.1-.2)
Busler, William Sherwood, 1858-
Includes a typescript on the life of W.S. Busler and
copies of photographs of him and his wife, Phronia Sheets Busler. Busler writes about growing up in rural
Butler, Marigene H.
collection contains the records of paintings conservator Marigene Butler. She began her career at the Art Institute of
Chicago in the 1960s and worked at various places until her retirement in 1997
as head of conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Earlier she apprenticed in the conservation
department at the
Byrdcliffe Arts Colony.
In addition to the large archive on Byrdcliffe already in
the Downs Collection, added is a postcard album from the late 19th-early
20th centuries, which contains dozens of cards showing
Kept during the late 19th century, this cookbook probably originated in the South. Written in several hands, it includes recipes for pickling, pies and cakes, rice batter cake, preserving pineapples, salting pork or beef, etc.; it does not include recipes for fish, shrimp, or mollusk, which may rule out a coastal origin. There is a listing of table linen and plate, and the manuscript contains just two non-culinary recipes: a cure for diarrhea and for making red ink. (05x59)
Photograph album. 1888.
The album includes 15 mounted black and white photos showing the exterior and interior—mostly interior—of a wealthy family’s home. A loose photo of a woman—perhaps Hetty Cummings herself—is laid in the front; the photographer’s label on the back of the woman’s photo notes a Boylston Street, Boston address, which is probably a clue to the location of the home. (05x58)
1. A watercolor and ink drawing from 1920 of a suburban house made of stone and with a side portico. (05x66.10)
Collection. ca. 1840s-1890s.
An assemblage of around 700 billheads, receipts,
letterheads, inventories, and correspondence documenting Girard College, many
of which have to do with the upkeep of the buildings.
1. An undated ornamental 19th century valentine containing verse and a hand colored picture of a woman dressed in blue in front of a shrine. (05x66.7)
C.E. Harnish was from
Photograph album. 1891.
This album documents N.W. Hunt’s estate, St. Elmo,
located on an island in the St. Lawrence River in the
estate inventory of Charles Ferre (Ferry), 1640-1699, of
Collection of bills, letters, checks, etc. recording
materials coming into the household and for building upgrades and repairs. The
Kelloggs were from
1. Manuscript will, December 1861, of Nancy Kent, Garrattsville, NY, in which she leaves her possessions—watch, spectacles, bed, clothing, knives and forks, etc.—to various friends. (05x64.13)
In the form of a
A letter dated
2. Headed Memorandum, this brief letter was written by a father to his daughter and was referred to as “Directions for Commencement Dinner, 1817.” Clean the room, have a dozen chairs and mahogany tables, provide wine and decanters, etc. (05x66.9)
artist Stephen Ferris to J.S. Bradley, Jr.,
A letter from
artist Thomas Ball, 1819-1911, a sculptor and painter, to a Mrs. Watson about
two busts he did in Florence; he called them Allegria and Pensiero. He wrote the letter on
5. Architect and draftsman Thomas Ustick Walter writes to Joseph Koecker, his principal delineator, about “some designs for furniture;” undated. (05x88)
6. A series of three letters from artist Theodore Munger, dating from 1900-1904, to Augusta Carpenter, wife of portrait painter Francis Bicknell Carpenter, about her husband, who had just died; together with a short letter from 1855 to Carpenter saying that his portrait had been accepted by the National Academy of Design and that he was a member at the associate level. (05x90.1-4)
Little, William Coffin, 1745-1816.
Account book. 1782-1785.
William Coffin Little was a silversmith from
McCall, John Gibson.
Account book. 1852-1854.
This personal account book records the expenses of the
McCall family of
From the late 19th century, this album
contains photographs of places in
Receipt book. 1821-1835.
Elizabeth Menige was a
Poetry book. 1896
This homemade volume was done entirely in typescript. The poems that Miers included were by Poe, Whittier, Longfellow, and other noted poets, as well as by lesser known authors. The volume is an example of typewriter art in that the beginning of each selection is headed by a design created by different typewriter keys arranged in certain patterns. (05x66.5)
A group of three
paint sample brochures, most likely from the 1920s. Two are from
Photograph album. ca. 1900.
An album with five photographs of rooms of a house and
one photograph looking away from the house’s porch. An accompanying note says that it was the
childhood home of Maurice Johnson Tuttle,
Photo of the
exterior of Geyer Shoe Shop most likely from a small town in central
2. A picture of a house taken by Lindsay & Smith, landscape photographers, Nashua, NH, showing double porches, one above another, and four women in contemporary dress; late 19th century. (05x63.2)
3. A brick church in a rural setting whose construction just ended, judging from the debris near the front door; interesting stained glass windows and a house and shed in the background. (05x63.3)
4. Printed photograph from 1903 of a building I Washington, DC that served as the National Vaccine and Antitoxin Establishment. Three cupolas and rounded window tops distinguish the architecture. (05x63.4)
A studio portrait
of a child sitting in a wicker chair.
From the studio of A.A. Line,
6. Three portraits taken in photograph studios showing a couple and two different men. The seating furniture used as props are extraordinary. (05x84.1-.3)
1. A group of 74 stamps advertising reading material, hotels, banks, clothing, lamps, the Panama-Pacific Exposition, medicine, insurance, the city of New Haven, etc. (05x86.1-.74)
A series of eight
4”x6” prints showing various scenes in
A scrapbook house/collage album using fabric, wallpaper, and cutouts from contemporary magazines and trade catalogs to create room settings. Among the rooms, a dining room, kitchen, storeroom, and dressing room are labeled. A back yard scene shows a water pump and perambulator. Dated from a fashion plate from 1883. (05x68)
Papers. ca. 1840s-1860s.
This collection of several hundred items chiefly consists
of bills sent to the Sellman family of
These letters in two volumes offer wonderful insights of
travels that Lydia Sharpless took in
Sprigg, Richard, 1739-1798.
Account book. 1767-1795.
Sprigg was a wealthy landowner and planter from
Stone, Charles Wellington, 1853-1927.
Stone kept this scrapbook while he was a student at
Harvard. It contains assignments, room
bills, invitations to social events, tests, and official notices issued by
Harvard during his years studying there.
The Downs Collection also has a diary that he kept in 1871 while he
Trumbauer, Horace, 1868-1938.
Horace Trumbauer opened an architectural firm in 1890 in
Collection includes a mathematics copy book from the early 19th century; an account book used by Philadelphia merchants Hezekiah Williams & Sons, 1810-1813; manuscript letters chiefly addressed to George Guest, Philadelphia merchant, 1783-1802; a miniature commonplace book, 1876-1877; some deeds recording New Jersey lands, 1815-1819; and some other family things. (05x77)