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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Bryn Mawr College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Seymour Adelman was a Philadelphia based collector of prints, letters, and ephemera. Although he worked in real-estate – a family business – he is most well known for his extensive collecting habits. Adelman has no direct relation to Bryn Mawr, but was invited to visit by James Tanis, the director Canaday Library. The then newly build library offered Adelman an office and a space to house his collection, and this formed the relationship between Bryn Mawr College and Adelman.
Adelman's extensive collection contained material on Thomas Eakins, John Keats, Claude Lovat Fraser, and Laurence Hausman, as well as a large collection of letters. In addition to this work, Adelman also collected fine art prints, material related to the history of the book and publishing, and architectural history, among other interests.
This collection contains a series of folders of miscelleneous prints from Seymour Adelman's collection. These prints were put here because they didn't fall into any of his main categories of collecting (architecture, portraiture, publishing, history of Philadelphia, etc.), and because they were not appropriate as objects for the art and artifact collection.
Folder 1 - Sylvia Baker drawings of animals Folder 2 - "Art" prints - These prints are either original works or relate to paintings or other works of art. They have not been accessioned into the Art and Artifacts collection due to quality issues. Folder 3 - Uncategorized - These works include drawing from Adelman's sister's time at art school (Lenore Adelman), some hand-drawn caricatures, and a folk-art print.
- Bryn Mawr College
- Finding Aid Author
- Elliot Krasnopoler
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research. Records containing personal or confidential student information may be used subject to the discretion of the president of the college.
- Use Restrictions
The Adelman Miscellaneous Prints collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.