Guide to the Barbara Abele Bookplate Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Ellen Jarosz.
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2007-12-04
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Guide to the Barbara Abele Bookplate Collection 1915/1998

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Barbara Abele Bookplate Collection
Dates: 1915-1998
Bulk Dates: 1970-1998
Identification: MS-0050
Creator: Abele, Barbara
Physical Description: 6.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Bookplates, labels indicating ownership pasted inside the front cover of a book, probably originated in Germany in the mid-15th century. The earliest dated bookplate still in existence was created in 1516, and is also German. In North America the earliest known bookplate, dated 1674, was found in colonial New England, while the earliest example created by an American engraver dates from 1749.
Many themes and motifs can be identified in bookplate creation throughout history. Pictorial bookplates include portraits, images of books, views of libraries, and various landscapes. Early armorial bookplates in 16th-century England consisted of a simple unornamented shield, symmetrically mantled helmet, crest, and scroll where the owner's name was usually inscribed. Allegorical bookplates were popular in France during the reign of Louis XV and in England by the mid-18th century. Personifications of the Christian cardinal virtues and other abstract ideas, such as truth, justice, wisdom, hope, and faith usually appeared on bookplates from this period, as well as symbols of the interests and occupations of the book's owner, such as the scales of justice, and naval and military trophies. Toward the end of the 19th century, German designers began to use nude figures as a major motif in bookplate design. This fashion was followed in the rest of Europe and the United States, where figures were treated naturalistically, sometimes with erotic intent.
A variety of methods can be used to make bookplates. As in the past, the majority of bookplates created today are printed. The plates used for making printed labels may be prepared by any photomechanical processes, such as zinc etching. For finer plates the design may be engraved by hand on steel or etched into copper.
Barbara Abele was a long-time collector and researcher of bookplates. She was the niece of Fridolf Johnson, author of the book A Treasury of Bookplates from the Renaissance to the Present, still considered the best modern introduction to the study of bookplates, and spent her life in Redlands and La Jolla, California. She died on April 8, 1998 in La Jolla. She was a member of the American Society of Bookplates Collectors and Designers (ASBCD), and her collection is comprised of thousands of bookplates, sometimes considered miniature pieces of graphic art.
Bookplates are sought by collectors and studied by scholars for the insights they provide into past cultures and societies. Abele’s bookplate collection illustrates the wide scope of past cultures and societies, the communication networks created between individuals who shared an interest in collecting and preserving them, and Abele’s own personal love of nature.
Also contained in the collection are some records of the ASBCD, formed in June of 1922, of which Abele was a member. Charter members included artists Sara B. Hill, Frederick C. Blank,
Elisha Brown Bird, Arthur H. Noll and collectors Rachael M. Hunt and Carlyle S. Baer. The organization’s goal is to further the study and collecting of bookplates. It also serves as a communication network for the entire community of people interested in the history, collection, and preservation of bookplates.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers -- Archives

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers
Publications

Personal Name:

Abele, Barbara, d. 1998 -- Archives

Topical Term:

Bookplate Collection
Bookplates -- Collectors and collecting
Bookplates -- History
Bookplates -- Specimens

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Barbara Abele Bookplate Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

I. Bookplates by Subject, A-Z
II. Bookplates by Designer, A-Z
III. Collector Files, A-Z
IV. Correspondence
V. Subject Files
VI. American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBCD)
VII. Published Materials
   1.) Bookplates in the News
   2.) Other Publications

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Abele Bookplate Collection documents the historical development of bookplates, bookplate designers, and collectors, as well as the communication networks they used when interacting with each other. The collection dates from 1915 to 1998 with the bulk of documents created or collected between 1970 and 1998. It consists of six main series: Bookplates by Subject, Bookplates by Designer, Collector Files, Correspondence, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBCD), and Published Materials. The Published Materials series includes two subseries: an incomplete run of the newsletter Bookplates in the News, and other miscellaneous published works, all relating to bookplate collecting and designing.
The Bookplates by Subject and Bookplates by Designer series consists of files of bookplates arranged alphabetically by subject, and designer’s last name, filed from A-Z.
The Collector Files are composed of information about different bookplate collectors, and include some correspondence press releases, and news articles.
The Correspondence series consists of correspondence both with individuals and institutions written by Barbara Abele from the 1970s-1990s primarily about sharing and building her collection of bookplates. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or general subject.
The Subject Files consist of a few photographs and files generated during research for public presentations made by Abele, and about bookplate collecting. They are filed alphabetically by subject.
The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBCD) consists of membership directories dating from 1966, 1977-83, and 1992, and yearbooks dating throughout the 20th century, filed chronologically by year of publication.
The Published Materials series is comprised of two subseries: Bookplates in the News and Other Publications. The collection does not contain a complete run of Bookplates in the News, but does include issues from July 1970 to April 1998. They are filed chronologically. The second subseries, Other Publications, includes a collection of published works drawn upon by Barbara Abele when performing research about bookplates and when networking with other collectors and designers. They are filed alphabetically by author, and inventoried in the Container List below.

Detailed List of Contents

 

Bookplates by Subject

Box 1, Folder 1

Abele, Barbara, Bookplates

Box 1, Folder 2

Allen, Charles Dexter and Frances Louise

Box 1, Folder 3

Animals

Box 1, Folder 4

Antioch

Box 1, Folder 5

Architecture

Box 1, Folder 6

Armorial Heraldic Seals

Box 1, Folder 7

Armorial Heraldic Seals

Box 1, Folder 8

Art Deco

Box 1, Folder 9

Art Nouveau 1990

Box 1, Folder 10

Artists 1997

Box 1, Folder 11

Artists and Engravers of British and American Bookplates

Box 1, Folder 12

Astronomy

Box 1, Folder 13

Authors' Bookplates

Box 1, Folder 14

Autographed

Box 2, Folder 1

Birds

Box 2, Folder 2

Bookplates in the News

Box 2, Folder 3

Books and Book piles

Box 2, Folder 4

Books: Reading

Box 2, Folder 5

Bookstores

Box 2, Folder 6

Borders, Labels, Typeset

Box 2, Folder 7

Botanical: Flowers

Box 2, Folder 8

Botanical: Trees

Box 2, Folder 9

California, Historic (Talbot, Clare Ryan)

Box 2, Folder 10

Californians

Box 2, Folder 11

Calligraphy

Box 2, Folder 12

Canting

Box 2, Folder 13

Castles, Knights

Box 3, Folder 1

Cats

Box 3, Folder 2

Children, toys

Box 3, Folder 3

Christmas

Box 3, Folder 4

Contemporary

Box 3, Folder 5

Crests

Box 3, Folder 6

Doctors/Medical

Box 3, Folder 7

Dogs

Box 3, Folder 8

Don Quixote

Box 3, Folder 9

Early American

Box 3, Folder 10

Egyptian / King Tut's Discovery

Box 3, Folder 11

English Bookplates

Box 3, Folder 12

Extra Copies

Box 3, Folder 13

Fireplaces

Box 3, Folder 14

Fishing

Box 3, Folder 15

Foreign Countries

Box 3, Folder 16

Foreign Designers

Box 3, Folder 17

Gates

Box 3, Folder 18

Genealogy Societies

Box 4, Folder 1

Hobbies

Box 4, Folder 2

Hourglass

Box 4, Folder 3

Human side of Bookplates (Jones, Louise Seymour)

Box 4, Folder 4

Hotels

Box 4, Folder 5

Indians

Box 4, Folder 6

Initials Only on Plates

Box 4, Folder 7

Lamps

Box 4, Folder 8

Landscapes

Box 4, Folder 9

Lawyers

Box 4, Folder 10

Leather

Box 4, Folder 11

Libraries, California

Box 4, Folder 12

Libraries, Societies, Clubs, Colleges, Institutes, Associations

Box 4, Folder 13

Libraries, United States

Box 4, Folder 14

Library Interiors

Box 4, Folder 15

Lincolniana

Box 4, Folder 16

Lugano, Italy

Box 4, Folder 17

Lugano, Italy

Box 5, Folder 1

Maps, Globes

Box 5, Folder 2

Masonic Plates

Box 5, Folder 3

Mermaids

Box 5, Folder 4

Military Plates

Box 5, Folder 5

Miscellaneous

Box 5, Folder 6

Monks

Box 5, Folder 7

Mottos and Verse

Box 5, Folder 8

Music

Box 5, Folder 9

Old Plates

Box 5, Folder 10

Olympics

Box 5, Folder 11

Personal Bookplates

Box 5, Folder 12

Photocopies

Box 5, Folder 13

Premium Plates, Commercial

Box 5, Folder 14

Presses

Box 5, Folder 15

Redlands

Box 6, Folder 1

Redlands

Box 6, Folder 2

Religious Buildings

Box 6, Folder 3

Ships

Box 6, Folder 4

Ships

Box 6, Folder 5

Silhouettes

Box 6, Folder 6

Skeletons, Skulls

Box 6, Folder 7

Small Bookplates

Box 6, Folder 8

Sundials

Box 6, Folder 9

Tiffany and Bullocks

Box 6, Folder 10

Transportation

Box 6, Folder 11

United Nations

Box 6, Folder 12

University Libraries, California

Box 7, Folder 1

University Libraries, International

Box 7, Folder 2

Unusual

Box 7, Folder 3

Verses

Box 7, Folder 4

Women

Box 7, Folder 5

Woodcuts

 

Bookplates by Designer

Box 7, Folder 6

Agry, G.R.

Box 7, Folder 7

Armer, Sidney

Box 7, Folder 8

Artists' Plates

Box 7, Folder 9

Barrett, William Philipps

Box 7, Folder 10

Berryman, Clifford K.

Box 7, Folder 11

Bewick, Thomas

Box 7, Folder 12

Bird, Elisha Brown

Box 7, Folder 13

Blackburn, Oscar T.

Box 7, Folder 14

Brown, Frank Chouteau

Box 7, Folder 15

Chambers, Jay

Box 7, Folder 16

Cheney, Sheldon

Box 7, Folder 17

Clark, A.W.

Box 7, Folder 18

Clute, Beulah Mitchell

Box 7, Folder 19

Coyle, Ray

Box 7, Folder 20

Cross, E.J.

Box 7, Folder 21

Davis, Donna

Box 8, Folder 1

Drain, Lillian

Box 8, Folder 2

Endell, Fritz

Box 8, Folder 3

Euwer, Anthony

Box 8, Folder 4

Evans, John William

Box 8, Folder 5

Feint, Adrian

Box 8, Folder 6

Fingesten, Peter

Box 8, Folder 7

Fisher, William Edgar

Box 8, Folder 8

French, Edwin Davis

Box 8, Folder 9

French, Harry M.

Box 8, Folder 10

Fuller, George W.

Box 8, Folder 11

Garrett, E.H.

Box 8, Folder 12

Gordon, Bank B.

Box 8, Folder 13

Harrod, Stanley

Box 8, Folder 14

Hewett, Ainslie

Box 8, Folder 15

Hollyer, Samuel

Box 8, Folder 16

Hopson, William Fowler

Box 8, Folder 17

Hurd, Nathaniel

Box 8, Folder 18

Johnson, Fridolf

Box 8, Folder 19

Jones, Dan Burne

Box 8, Folder 20

Junge, Carl S.

Box 8, Folder 21

Kirby, Valentine

Box 8, Folder 22

Lake, Elsmore

Box 8, Folder 23

Landacre, Paul

Box 8, Folder 24

Lemos, Pedro J.

Box 8, Folder 25

McDonald, Arthur N.

Box 8, Folder 26

Meier, Franz

Box 8, Folder 27

Noll, Arthur Howard

Box 8, Folder 28

Pearson, Ralph

Box 8, Folder 29

Percival, Olive

Box 8, Folder 30

Poole, Horatio Nelson

Box 8, Folder 31

Price, Christine M.

Box 8, Folder 32

Reade, Christa M.

Box 8, Folder 33

Rhead, Louis John

Box 8, Folder 34

Rider, Charles Joseph

Box 8, Folder 35

Rowell, Gretta G.

Box 8, Folder 36

Saunders (Hallowell), Elizabeth

Box 8, Folder 37

Seymour, Ralph Fletcher

Box 9, Folder 1

Sherbon, Charles William

Box 9, Folder 2

Smith, Sidney L.

Box 9, Folder 3

Spenceley, Frederick

Box 9, Folder 4

Spenceley, Joseph Winfred

Box 9, Folder 5

Sterling, Glen

Box 9, Folder 6

Stone, Pauline

Box 9, Folder 7

Stone, Wilbur Macy

Box 9, Folder 8

Tait, B.M.

Box 9, Folder 9

Teall, Gardner C.

Box 9, Folder 10

Thomspon, Fred

Box 9, Folder 11

Triptych Group

Box 9, Folder 12

Truesdell, Windred Porter

Box 9, Folder 13

Wagner, Rob "Pawprint"

Box 9, Folder 14

Webb, James

Box 9, Folder 15

Webb, Margaret Ely

Box 9, Folder 16

Wheelan, Albertine Randall

Box 9, Folder 17

Woy, Leota

 

Collector Files

Box 9, Folder 18

Baer, Carlyle S.

Box 9, Folder 19

Dore, Epherma

Box 9, Folder 20

Dore, Harry Ellsworth

Box 9, Folder 21

Dore, Harry Ellsworth

Box 9, Folder 22

Ercolini, Mary Alice

Box 9, Folder 23

Hill, Kenneth E. and Robert E.

Box 9, Folder 24

Kohler, Johnny

Box 9, Folder 25

McManys, Jane

Box 9, Folder 26

Miscellaneous

Box 9, Folder 27

Pew, Mary E.

Box 9, Folder 28

Williams, Katherine

 

Correspondence

Box 9, Folder 29

American

Box 9, Folder 30

Arellanes, Audrey Spencer

Box 10, Folder 1

Brown, Helen H.

Box 10, Folder 2

Edward Dean Museum

Box 10, Folder 3

European

Box 10, Folder 4

Fire Museum of Maryland

Box 10, Folder 5

General 1974-1994

Box 10, Folder 6

Joyce, Kathy

Box 10, Folder 7

Langdon, Michael

Box 10, Folder 8

Libros Latinos

Box 10, Folder 9

McRaddin (Abele), Lori

Box 10, Folder 10

Plates to Exchange

Box 10, Folder 11

Rare and Unusual

Box 10, Folder 12

Redlands Letters

Box 10, Folder 13

Turner, Meir

Box 10, Folder 14

UNESCO

Box 10, Folder 15

Wagner, Rob

Box 10, Folder 16

West, Joan

 

Subject Files

Box 10, Folder 17

Abele, Barbara's Public Presentations

Box 10, Folder 18

Exercise and Flowers

Box 10, Folder 19

Latin Inscriptions

Box 10, Folder 20

Photographs

Box 11, Folder 1

Prices of Bookplates

Box 11, Folder 2

Prices of Books about Bookplates

Box 11, Folder 3

Research / Catalog Cards

Box 11, Folder 4

Research / Catalog Cards

Box 11, Folder 5

Research Notes

Box 11, Folder 6

Research: Bookplates

Box 11, Folder 7

Research: Types of Printing

 

American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBCD)

Box 11, Folder 8

Membership Directories 1966, 1977-83, 1992

Box 11, Folder 9

Membership Directories 1966, 1977-83, 1992

Box 11, Folder 10

Membership Directories 1966, 1977-83, 1992

Box 11, Folder 11

Yearbook: Indexes

Box 11, Folder 12

Yearbooks 1915, 1943-44, 1947-48, 1951

Box 11, Folder 13

Yearbooks 1915, 1943-44, 1947-48, 1951

Box 11, Folder 14

Yearbooks 1915, 1943-44, 1947-48, 1951

Box 11, Folder 15

Yearbooks 1915, 1943-44, 1947-48, 1951

Box 12, Folder 1

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 2

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 3

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 4

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 5

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 6

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 7

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 12, Folder 8

Yearbooks 1956-70, 1973-83

Box 13, Folder 1

Yearbooks 1984-1994

Box 13, Folder 2

Yearbooks 1984-1994

Box 13, Folder 3

Yearbooks 1984-1994

Box 13, Folder 4

Yearbooks 1984-1994

Box 13, Folder 5

Yearbooks 1984-1994

 

Published Materials

 

Bookplates in the News

Box 13, Folder 6

July 1970-October 1974

Box 13, Folder 7

January 1975-April 1977

Box 13, Folder 8

July 1977-January 1979

Box 13, Folder 9

April 1979-April 1983

Box 14, Folder 1

July 1983-April 1985

Box 14, Folder 2

July 1985-January 1989

Box 14, Folder 3

April 1989-April 1991

Box 14, Folder 4

July 1991-April 1994

Box 14, Folder 5

July 1994-January 1996

Box 14, Folder 6

April 1998

Box 14, Folder 7

Index, January 1983-October 1997

 

Other Publications

Box 14, Folder 8

American Artist May 1965

Box 14, Folder 9

Biblio, Vols. I - IV

Box 14, Folder 10

Bibliography of Bookplate Literature

Box 14, Folder 11

Bookplate 1924

Box 15, Folder 1

Bookplate Booklet 1906-10, 1917, 1919

Box 15, Folder 2

Bookplate Booklet 1906-10, 1917, 1919

Box 15, Folder 3

Bookplate Booklet 1906-10, 1917, 1919

Box 15, Folder 4

Bookplate Chronicles 1917

Box 15, Folder 5

Bookplate Quarterly 1918

Box 15, Folder 6

Boss Fine Books, California Bookplate Society n.d., 1910

Box 15, Folder 7

Catalogue II

Box 15, Folder 8

Directory of Bookplate Artists 1918

Box 15, Folder 9

Early American Bookplates 1925

Box 15, Folder 10

Hettie Gray Baker

Box 15, Folder 11

International Congress

Box 15, Folder 12

Keepsakes

Box 15, Folder 13

Los Angeles Times Magazine 1986

Box 15, Folder 14

Lugano Conference Keepsakes

Box 15, Folder 15

Lugano Conference Keepsakes

Box 16, Folder 1

News Clippings 1975-96

Box 16, Folder 2

Traditional Home 1992

Box 16, Folder 3

Victoria 1990

Box 16, Folder 4

Wooldridge Collection Catalogue