TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Allan H. Stevenson

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Biographical, 1944-1970

Series 2: General Correspondence, ca. 1952-1969

Series 3: Works, ca. 1952-1969

Series 4: Miscellaneous and Artifacts, n.d.

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Inventory of the Allan H. Stevenson Papers, 1944-1970, bulk 1952-1970


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Stevenson, Allan, 1903-1970
Title Allan H. Stevenson Papers
Dates 1944-1970
Dates bulk 1952-1970
Extent 6.8 linear feet (12 boxes)
Abstract Research notes, original manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished works, professional correspondence, and photographs of watermarks used for research by paper historian Allan H. Stevenson.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Wing Modern MS Ste
Collection Stack Location 3a 53 5

Administrative Information

Cite As

Allan H. Stevenson Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Rachel (Mrs. Allan) Stevenson, 1993.

Processed by

Sarah Cusk, July 1997.

Access

The Allan H. Stevenson Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Allan H. Stevenson Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Allan H. Stevenson

Expert on paper history; scholar on the works of Renaissance dramatist James Shirley.

Allan Henry Stevenson (1903-1970) was best known for his innovative work on watermarks as a means of dating early printed books. Born in Canada, Stevenson came to the U.S. as a child. He graduated from Rice University (B.A.; 1924, M.A., 1926) and took a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1949. He taught at Rice, the University of Chicago, DePaul University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1952 he left teaching to continue his research as a professional bibliographer. His research was supported by a number of grants (e.g. from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, the Fulbright Commission, and the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia) as well as by his wife, Rachel Waples Stevenson, a pioneering television producer in Chicago, whom he met at Rice and married in 1949.

Allan Stevenson developed a new method for the bibliographical description of botanical books while cataloging the collection of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt between 1956 and 1961; his best-known work was a study of the Constance Missale Speciale, using watermark evidence to prove its date. Stevenson was member of many learned societies and was particularly active in the Bibliographical Society (London), the International Association of Paper Historians, and the Paper Publications Society.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Research notes, original manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished works, professional correspondence, and photographs of watermarks used for research by Allan H. Stevenson.

There is extensive correspondence with such prominent bibliographers and paper historians as Fredson Bowers, Sir Frank Francis, Frederick Goff, E. J. Labarre, Herbert Schulz, J. S. G. Simmons, Archer Taylor, and Bé Van Ginneken. There are related materials in the James M. Wells Papers in the Newberry Library Archives concerning Stevenson’s projects at the Newberry. Another collection of Stevenson’s papers is found in the Manuscripts Division of the Princeton University Library.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Bowers, Fredson
  • Catholic Church. Missale Constantiens
  • Francis, Frank Chalton, Sir, 1901-1988
  • Ginneken-van de Kasteele, B. J. van (Bé J.)
  • Goff, Frederick Richmond, 1916-1982
  • International Association of Paper Historians
  • Labarre, E. J.
  • Newberry Library -- History
  • Paper Publications Society
  • Schulz, Herbert Clarence, 1902-
  • Simmons, John Simon Gabriel
  • Stevenson, Allan, 1903-1970
  • Stevenson, Allan, 1903-1970. Problem of the Missale speciale
  • Taylor, Archer, 1890-1973

Subjects

  • Bibliographers -- United States -- 20th century
  • Bibliography
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Papermaking -- History
  • Printing -- History -- 15th century
  • Printing -- History --16th century
  • Watermarks -- History

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Container List

Series 1: Biographical, 1944-1970

This series consists mostly of offprints of Stevenson’s publications, together with some financial records.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Miscellaneous biographical material, 1944-1970
1 2-4 Financial records, 1957-1969
1 5 Fulbright applications
1 6 Offprint: "Shirley's Years in Ireland"
1 7 Offprint: "James Shirley and the Actors"
1 8 Offprint: "New Uses of Watermarks"
1 9 Offprint: "Shakespearean Dated Watermarks"
1 10 Offprint: "Briquet and the Future of Paper Studies"
1 11 Offprint: "Watermarks Are Twins"
1 12 Offprint: "Chain Indentations in Paper"
1 13 Offprint: Review of LaBarre, Dictionary…
1 14 Offprint: "The Case of the Decapitated Cast"
1 15-16 Offprint: Reviews of Bowers. Dramatic Works of Dekker
1 17 Offprint: Review of Balston, William Balston
1 18 Offprint: "Thomas Thomas Makes a Dictionary"
1 19 Offprint: Review of Balston, James Whatman
1 20 Offprint: "Paper as Bibliographical Evidence"
1 21 Offprint: "Paper Evidence and the Missale Speciale"
1 22 Offprint: "Bibliographical Method …Botanical Books"
1 23 Offprint: "A Bibliographical Study of
1 24 Offprint: "The Netherlandish Blockbooks"
1 25 Offprint: "Tudor Roses from John Tate"
1 26 Offprint: Intro to Charles Briquet, Les Filigranes reprint

Series 2: General Correspondence, ca. 1952-1969

This series contains all correspondence except that concerned directly with individual publications. Typically there are carbons of outgoing letters as well as incoming originals. The most notable exchange is with Archer Taylor, whom Stevenson assisted in the compilation of Book Catalogues. Their Varieties and Uses (1957).
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 27 Anderson, James. L.
1 28 Apted, Sheila
1 29 Balston, Thomas
1 30 Barker, Harold
1 31 Basanoff, Anne
1 32 Bayerisches Staatsbibliothek
1 33 Baynes-Cope, A. D.
1 34 Beaurline, Les
1 35 Becker, Helen
1 36 Bennett, Jack
1 37 Bennett, Paul A.
1 38 Bennett, Ralph
1 39 Bentley, G. E.
1 40 Beauing, Thilde
1 41 Bibliotheque de Berne
1 42 Bingaman, M. F.
1 43 Blackwells, Oxford
1 44 Blagden, C. C.
1 45 Blake, W.
1 46 Blucher, Gerhard
1 47 Borsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels
1 48-51 Bowers, Fredson, 1952-1968
1 52 Brenner, Helen C.
1 53 Boatwright, James
2 54 Branscomb, Lewis C.
2 55 Brewer
2 56 Bruce, Alice R.
2 57 Buhler, Curt F.
2 58 Bryan, Mina R.
2 59 Caflisch, Leonhard
2 60 Cahoon, Herbert
2 61 Cairns, Thomas
2 62 Cambridge University Library
2 63 Cannegeister, H. G.
2 64 Carter, Harry
2 65 Carter, John
2 66 Ceadel, E. B.
2 67 Chapman, James A.
2 68 Christiansen, P. A.
2 69 Claar
2 70 Clair, Colin
2 71 Clarendon Press
2 72 Clark, Sir George
2 73 Clarke, Derek A.
2 74 Cockx-Ingerstedge, Elly
2 75 Conference Board
2 76 Cowles, Helen
2 77 Crane, Joan
2 78 Crawford and Valcarres, Earl of
2 79 Danielson, Bror
2 80 Davies, Godfrey
2 81 Davis, Herbert
2 82 Denis, Valentin
2 83 Dodge, John V.
2 84 Donati, Lamberto
2 85 Dougan, Robert O.
2 86 Dunkin, Paul S.
2 87 Dunlap, Joseph R.
2 88 Eccles, Mark
2 89 Edwards, Ted
2 90 Eton College
2 91 Filed, Richard S.
2 92 Finke, Norman
2 93 Forschungstelle Papiergeschichte
2 94 Foster, Edward A.
2 95-97 Francis, Sir Frank, 1958-1967
2 98 Fussler, Herman H.
2 99 Gaines, M. J.
2 100 Garfiled, Irbing
2 101 Gaskell, Philip
2 102 Geissler, Paul
2 103 Gerardy, Theo
2 104 Gerritsen, Johan
2 105-106 Girard, Marie-Jeanne, 1962-1966
2 107-108 Goff, Frederick R., 1963-1965
2 109 Gordan, John and Phyllis
2 110 Graham, G.A.
2 111 Grant, J.
2 112-113 Green, J.B., 1960-1966
2 114 Groves, Horace A.
2 115 Guardian Newspaper
2 116 Guggenheim Foundation
2 117 Guido, John F.
2 118 Haeberli, H.
2 119 Hair, Elsa S.
2 120 Hale Paper Co., Ltd.
2 121 Hall, Ronald
2 122 Harley, B.H.
2 123 Harrison, Carter and Billie
2 124 Hazen, Allen
2 125 Hellinga, Wytxe and Lotte
2 126 Herman, Elizabeth
2 127 Hertford Museum
2 128 Hirsch, Rudolf
2 129 Hixson, Ernie
2 130 Hobson, A.R. A.
2 131 Holley, Edward G.
2 132 Home Office (U.K.)
2 133 Honoré, Jean
2 134 Horrocks, Norman
3 135-137 Hudson, Frederick, 1966-1967
3 138 Hugo, Harold
3 139 Hunt, Mr. & Mrs. Roy
3 140 Hyde, Bill
3 141 Internationaal Antiquariaat
3 142 Isaac, Peter
3 143 Jackson, William A.
3 144 Jacob, Henry
3 145 Jahn, Melvin E.
3 146 Janot, Jean-Marie
3 147 Jennings, O. E.
3 148 Johnson, Read
3 149 Kaiser, John B.
3 150 Kalk, Dan
3 151 Kazmeier, August Wilham
3 152 Keller, Dorothy
3 153 Kendall, Lyle H.
3 154 Keynes, Sir Geoffrey
3 155 Kilner, A.E.
3 156 Kirk, John R.
3 157 Koeman, Cornelius
3 158-159 Labarre, E. J., 1954-1965
3 160 Lake, Fred
3 161 Laufer, Roger
3 162-163 Laurence, George H., 1959-1961
3 164 Leber
3 165 Lehmann-Haupt, Helmut
3 166 Lenz, Hans
3 167 Lieuwes, L.
3 168 Lievsay, John Leon
3 169 Loeber, E. G.
3 170 Lumsden, J.S.
3 171 McKenzie, Donald
3 172 McManaway
3 173 Maassen, Mr. & Mrs. A.
3 174 Mahl, Mary
3 175 Malone, Kemp
3 176 Marston, Thomas E.
3 177 Martin, L. C.
3 178 Marzoli, Carla C.
3 179 Maslen, Keith
3 180-181 Massey, Lindon, 1965-1969
3 182 Masson, Irvine
3 183 Medici Society
3 184 Middendorf, George
3 185 Milano, Nicola
3 186 Miller, Clarence
3 187 Miller, William
3 188 Morris, Henry
3 189 Mulkearn, Lois
3 190 National Endowment for the Humanities
3 191 Neill, Desmond
3 192 New York Public Library
3 193 Nixon, Howard
3 194 Nordstrand, Ove
3 195 Oakeshott, Walter
3 196-198 Oates, J. C. T., 1965-1968
3 199 Oliver Genevieve
3 200 Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek
3 201 Oxford Bibliographical Society
3 202 Oxford University Press
3 203-204 Painter, George, 1963-1968
3 205 Pargellis, Stanley
3 206 Parsonage, George
3 207-212 Pears, Thomas C. III, 1958-1969
4 213-219 Peckham, John F., 1960-1966
4 220 Pels, C.
4 221 Peek, H. E.
4 222 Pfister, Arnold
4 223 Phifer, H. E.
4 225 Pierpont Morgan Library
4 226 Pouncey, Lorene
4 227 Povey, Keith
4 228 Powell, Dulcie
4 229 Proby, Sir Richard
4 230 Quindy, Jane
4 231 Quinsey, Robert L.
4 232 Randell, Dave
4 233 Reinert
4 234 Rhodes, Dennis
4 235 Rietz, Rolf du
4 236 Roberts, Cecile
4 237-238 Roberts, R. J., 1963-1966
4 239 Ludwig Rosenthals Antiquariaat
4 240 Rosenwald, Lessing J.
4 241 Roth, Andre and Mary
4 242 Rubenstein, Joseph
4 243 Ruppel, Aloys
4 244 Rust, Roberta
4 245 Rytell, Geoffrey
4 246 St David's College, Lampeter
4 247 St. John, H
4 248 Sanburn, Herbert J.
4 249 Sanson, J. K.
4 250 Sayce, Richard
4 251 Schoenbaum, Samuel
4 252 Scholderer, Victor
4 253 Schulte, Toni
4 254-258 Schulz, Herbert C., 1960-1966
4 259 Shorter, Alfred H.
4 260-261 Simons, J. S. G., 1964-1968
4 262 Skeat, T. C.
4 263 Spawn, Willman and Carol
4 264 Sporhan-Krempel, Lore
4 265 Stadtbibliothek Erfurt
4 266 Staines, DeWitt T.
4 267 Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Paul
4 268-269 Stocker, Alfred F., 1965-1968
4 270 Tanselle, G. Thomas
5 271-292 Taylor, Archer, 1953-1955
5 293 Taylor, G.
5 294 Thomas, Alan G.
5 295 Thompson, Lawrence
5 296 Thompson, Stahley
5 297 Times Literary Supplement
5 298 Towner, Lawrence W.
5 299 Townsend, Alex
5 300 Trinity College Cambridge
5 301 Tschudin, W. Fr.
5 302 University Club, Pittsburgh
5 303 Unterkircher, Franz
5 304 Ure, Peter
5 305 Valls, D. Oriol
5 306-309 Van Devanter, Willis, 1960-1969
5 310 Van Dijk
5 312 Van Gelder Zonen
5 311-316 Van Ginneken, Bé, 1963-1968
6 317 Van Leer, Louis
6 318 Van Trump
6 319 Vernon, K. D. C.
6 320 Verwey, H. de la Fontaine
6 321 Voorn, Henk
6 322 Walker, Alice
6 323 Wartena, Sgerd
6 324 Webb, C. A.
6 325 Weimerskirch, Philip
6 326 Wells, James M.
6 327 Wentworth, Mrs. Kenneth
6 328 Whiteman, D.C.
6 329 Whyte, Desmond
6 330 Wiederhold, Mrs.
6 331 Wilkins, Mary
6 332-334 Williams, Cecil, 1959-1960
6 335 Williams, Franklin
6 336 Williams, Terence
6 337 Wislon, Robert A.
6 338 Wissler, Elizabeth
6 339 Wright, Louis B.
6 340 Wyllie, John Cook
6 341 Yost, Walter
6 342 Zeitlin, Jacob
6 343 Zentralbibliothek, Zurich
6 344 Z W O (Nederlands …zuiverwetenschapelijk onderzoek)
6 345 Unidentified correspondents
6 346-349 Miscellaneous correspondence

Series 3: Works, ca. 1952-1969

Drafts, correspondence, and some galleys, production notes, and reviews related to published and unpublished essays by Stevenson.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
6 350 Watermarks Are Twins, 1952
6 351-361 Unpublished: "The Unicorns of Normandy", 1952-1966
6 362 Unpublished: "Caxton and the Unicorns", 1954
6 363 Lecture: "Caxton and the Unicorns", 1954
6 364 Unpublished: "Watermarks As Evidence", 1954
6 365 Review: Thomas Balston, William Balston, 1956
6 366-369 Thomas Thomas Makes a Dictionary, 1958
6 370 Unpublished: "English Paper Sizes", 1958
6 371-372 "Watermarks" (Encyclopaedia Britannica), 1960
7 373-382 Hunt Botanical Catalogue, 1961
7 383-385 Unpublished: "Watermark States in the Missale Speciale", 1962
7 386-390 Lecture: "Dates of the Netherlandish Blockbooks", 1965
7 391 Quincentennial Exhibit, Netherlandish Blockbooks, 1966
7 392-393 Lecture: Bibliographical Method", 1966
7 394 Review: Anne Basanoff, Itinerario della carta, 1966
7 395-404 Unpublished: Caxton's Paper and Print, 1966-1967
7 405-415 The Problem of the Missale Speciale, 1967
8 416-448 The Problem of the Missale Speciale, 1967
9 449 Tudor Roses from John Tate, 1967
9 450 Lecture: "Beta-Radiography", 1967
9 451 Exhibit: Caxton and the Unicorns, 1967
9 452 Unpublished: "Schreiber on Blockbooks", 1967
9 453 Briquet, Les Filigranes, 1968
9 454 Preface to Caxton Studies
9 455 Unpublished: "Critical Bibliography", 1969
9 456 Proposed article on William Byrd, n.d.
9 457-465 Miscellaneous and unidentified publications files

Series 4: Miscellaneous and Artifacts, n.d.

Files relating to organizations Stevenson affiliated with, unidentified photographs, chiefly of watermarks, microfilms, and paper samples.

Box Folder Contents
9 466-471 International Association of Paper Historians
9 472-473 Paper Publications Society
9 473-476 The Caxton Ovid
9 477-481 Photographs, unidentified
10-11 Appendix: Microfilms, Note Cards
12 Paper Samples