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Adelman Oversized Prints


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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.

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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. Most of this collection of historical maps was originally part of Adelman's collection of prints and drawings.

This box contains miscelleneous oversized materials from Seymour Adelman. Folder 1 contains 15 architectural prints: Mostly achitecture details of churches, as well as a few full views of churches. The folder contains etchings and lithographs, one print is hand colored. Folder 2 contains portraits: one lithograph, one drawing by an unknown artist, one sketch of A.E Housman, and "Churchill Waiting for Hitler" by Ernst H. Shepard. Folder 3 contains A series of "Old Farmer Giles Rhyme Sheets" and a single title page "Graduale Romanum ad Normam Missalis exhibens Proprium Missarum de Tempore edito omnium pulcherrima." Folder 4 contains various exhibition posters - undated but likely from the 1960s and 1970s. Folder 5 contains 2 itms from Laurence Housman, including a book cover illustration and a printed poster for "New Books"

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 Oversize Prints collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.

Collection Inventory

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