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Spencer, Platt R. (Platt Rogers), 1800-1864 : Platt R. Spencer Papers, 1827-1951

Correspondence, photographs, copybooks, penmanship samples, cashbooks, newspaper clippings, poetry, essays, drawings, artifacts and miscellaneous personal items related to the life and career of Platt Rogers Spencer, penman, poet, and educator who created the Spencerian system of penmanship. The establishment of Spencerian schools of business was a highly successful endeavor in part because the entire family was involved in the business. In his later years, Spencer became involved in the abolitionist movement. Papers describe family life, the abolitionist movement, and conditions during the Civil War. Also included are the letters of son Lyman P. Spencer, a quartermaster’s sergeant in the 2nd Ohio Artillery Regiment, stationed in Mumfordville, Kentucky, and Cleveland, Tennessee and the papers of P. R. Spencer’s son-in-law, Junius Sloan, a prominent Chicago artist. In addition to the material on Spencer and Sloan, there is also material on the work of other penmen and other business schools whose specialty was the teaching of fine penmanship.
Extent: 39.9 linear feet - (44 boxes and 14 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Chicago, Civil War, Family Papers, Printing History and Book Arts, Women
Call Number: Midwest MS Spencer
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The Platt R. Spencer Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).