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Scientific Illustration Prints Collection


Held at: Bryn Mawr College [Contact Us]Bryn Mawr College Library, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr 19010

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

This is a collection of miscellaneous scientific prints, including ornithological, botanical, and conchology prints. Most of this material was collected by Seymour Adelman. For a detailed breakdown of the collection's materials, see the "Collection Organization" tab. And, for further resources on this type of material, please also search for botanical books in Bryn Mawr College's Rare Books, and for individual prints in the Tri-College collection of Art and Artifacts.

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 Scientific Prints Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.

Collection Inventory

Adelman Collection – Folder 1.
Scope and Contents

(1) Lean-Louis Prevost "Bouquets," collection of 4 reproduction lithographs

(2) 12 ornithological prints, lithographs and engravings

(3) 1 conchiological print, engraving

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