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Focus: a) 19th & 20th c. correspondence; b) writing utensils (quills, fountain and ball point pens), c) writing furniture (secretaries, writing boxes, etc.), d) major 19th and 20th c. penmanship …

Focus: a) 19th & 20th c. correspondence; b) writing utensils (quills, fountain and ball point pens), c) writing furniture (secretaries, writing boxes, etc.), d) major 19th and 20th c. penmanship styles, e) general physical care of correspondence, f) archival supplies and suppliers. The presentation does not have the accompanied text.


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  • 1. Collecting and Caring for Personal Correspondence
    Oh, For the Love of Letters!
    _________________________________
    Brad Westwood
    Collection Development
    LDS Church History Library
    brad.westwood@ldschurch.org
    October 29, 2009
  • 2. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    • This hands-on seminar for collecting and caring for personal correspondence.
    • 3. Littera Scripta Manet, Latin for “The Written Word Remains,” taken from the motto of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners (scribes) of the City of London.
  • * Incite personal collecting * serve as a Primer for collecting* nurture a community of collectors* encourage handwritten correspondence
    Purpose of this Presentation
  • 4. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    Examples of Correspondence –
    Printed Emails
    (examples of correspondence are passed around)
  • 5. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    1 - LINGO & ORGANIZATIONS
    (a handout is passed out)
    • A Beginner’s Basic Glossary
    • 6. General Terms and Concepts
    • 7. Condition Descriptive Terms
    • 8. Terms Related to Printing, Illustrations & Writing
    • 9. Terms About Paper/Stationery
    • 10. Professional Organizations
  • Oh For the Love of Letters!
    2 - Correspondence Accessories
    * Stationery Wardrobes (different
    for men and women)
    * Letters & Envelopes Development
    * Pens
    * Postage
  • 11. Stationery wardrobe (late 19th - mid 20th Century) *A stationer kept on file a client’s individual specifications -- with differing paper sizes and weights, finishes and ink color, typestyle and printing.* Wardrobe includes differences between male or female, formal and informal, for intimate or for a stranger, also business formal and informal
    Correspondence Accessories
  • 12. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    Examples of Correspondence –
    Stationery Wardrobe
    (examples of wardrobes are passed around)
  • 13. Fern letter fold, thanks towww.ghh.com/elf/index.html
    Correspondence Accessories
  • 14. Correspondence Accessories
    writing tools - quills, fountain pens (see below), ball point pens, typewriters and pencils
    postage -- post marks, seals or adhesive stamps
  • 15. Pictorial letterheads (created with the advent of Lithography) flourished between 1880s-1940s
    Correspondence Accessories
  • 16. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    3 - 19th and 20th Century Material Culture of Correspondence:
    furniture, writing utensils, storage and stationery
  • 17. Abraham Lincoln's capital bldg. Springfield Illinois
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 18. Civil War Era Secretary Desk and chair,with soft retractable writing slope with correspondence and ledger slots
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 19. desk interior with slots/pigeon holes for folded letters and documents, Ledger or portfolio slots , quill pens in a stand, an ink well and leather writing surface .
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 20. Secretary Desk with book case and document bureau
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 21. Natural, candle & lamp light
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 22. Circa 1860s Document cabinet for folded paper tied with tape (red tape)
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 23. Felt covered table, Correspondence box, oil lamp, pen box and paper
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 24. Cabinet letter file 1898 (from www.officemuseum.com/)
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 25. Vertical letter file and folders 1902 from www.officemuseum.com/
    Furniture of Correspondence
  • 26. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    Examples of Correspondence (examples are passed out)
  • 27. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    4 - Penmanship Styles 1840s -2000
    Spencerian Script (1840-1890s)
    Palmer Script (1890s – 1960s)
    Zaner – Blazer Script (1900 – present)
    Manuscript Script (block) leading
    to Basic Cursive Script (1920s – 1970s)
    Typewriting (1900 – present)
    Freeform and Modern
  • 28. Spencerian Script (1840-1890s) Promoter: Platt Rogers Spencer
    Penmanship Styles
  • 29. Spencerian Script (1840-1890s)
    Penmanship Styles
  • 30. Trade mark spencerian script and a Flourish Bird (Ornamental Penmanship)
    Penmanship Styles
  • 31. Penmanship Styles
  • 32. Palmer Script (1890s -1960s)Promoter: Austin Palmer (1860-1927) and sons
    Penmanship Styles
  • 33. Penmanship Styles
  • 34. Zaner and Bloser Scripts (ca. 1904 to the present)
    Penmanship Styles
  • 35. Zaner and Bloser Business Educator Feb 1911
    Penmanship Styles
  • 36. Zaner and Bloser Script
    Penmanship Styles
  • 37. Manuscript Writing (block) (precursor to cursive writing)introduced in 1920s
    Penmanship Styles
  • 38. Zaner and Bloser Manuscript script on a porch of st. Francis School (Provo, Utah)
    Penmanship Styles
  • 39. IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship.
    http://www.iampeth.com/
  • 40. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    Examples of Correspondence
    19th and 20th century pieces
  • 41. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    5 - Physical Care & Preservation
  • 42. Eliminate or lessen fluctuating temperature and humidity.
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 43. Store materials as far away as possible from water sources.
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 44. Eliminate or lessen light levels (natural or artificial).
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 45. USE FOLDERS, INTERLEAVING PAPER or MYLAR INSERTS FOR ENCLOSED OBJECTS, ETC.
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 46. Keep materials flat or upright, held up erect, so the materials will not bend or fold.
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 47. KEEP EVERYTHING INCLUDED with a LETTER TOGETHER, AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to THE ORIGINAL ORDER. respect and protect what is evidentiary.
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 48. If you want to scrapbook YOUR CORRESPONDENCE …..
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 49. Above all else “do not harm.”
    CARE AND PRESERVATION
  • 50. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    Examples of Correspondence
    (handed out and described)
  • 51. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    6 - Recommended Supplies:
    Folders (regular, acid free, Mylar, archival plastics), containers,
    presentation folders, portfolios and binders.
  • 52. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    6 - Recommended Supplies:
    Metal Edge West (Los Angeles, CA) http://www.metaledgeinc.com/
    Light Impressions, Inc., (Santa Fe Springs, CA) http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/servlet/OnlineShopping
  • 53. Oh For the Love of Letters!
    THANK YOU FOR COMING