American Trade Bindings and Beyond

New “Finds” (A guest post by Mark Schumacher)

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:35:00 +0000

In the last few weeks, we have come across several new illustrators and artists, most of them women, who also contributed to the world of binding design. Most of the books involved are volumes aimed at children—readers, introductions to geography, and tomes of fairy tales or familiar legends, like Robin Hood. Although these designs may not always have the elegance of other covers [see], they do show us artists heretofore unknown as book designers.

Charlotte Harding (1873-1951), a student of Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, worked as an illustrator for several popular magazines in the early 20th century, and was a member of The Plastic Club, an organization for female artists, also in Philadelphia. She also worked with Alice Barber Stephens (1853-1932). Her cover for Eva March Tappan’s Robin Hood, his book (1903) reflects the style of her illustrations for the volume. The illustrations won a Silver Medal at the International Exposition in Saint Louis in 1904! A 1982 exhibit of her works included eight books and scores of magazine illustrations.

Cover by Mabel Betsy Hill

Little is known about Mabel Betsy Hill (b. 1877). She illustrated numerous books designed for young children: an abridged edition of Alice in Wonderland (1920), and several readers, of different levels, including some of those Emma Bolenius, published by Houghton, Mifflin.

Cover by Mabel Betsy Hill
Illustration by Mabel Betsy Hill from
The New Barnes Readers 

Illustration by Mabel Betsy Hill from The
New Barnes Readers Primer
Softcover illustrated by Mabel Betsy Hill

Louise Mapes Bunnell Keeler (1872-1907) was the wife of author Charles Augustus Keeler (1871-1937), and designed covers for several of his books. They lived in the San Francisco area; his books were issued almost exclusively by California publishers, including Paul Elder.


Ralph Fletcher Seymour (1876-1966) was a well-known painter, author and publisher, who also designed bookplates. [] He ran the Alderbrink Press in Chicago for over 60 years. He designed the cover for Adelaide Holton’s The Holton Primer (Rand, McNally, 1901); the same design was also used for some of the Lights to Literature series, also by Rand, McNally, and authored by several different people.

Born in St. John, New Brunswick, and raised in Boston, Elmer Boyd Smith (1860-1943) spent several years studying art in France before finally settling in Wilton, Connecticut. “While living abroad, Smith absorbed a wide swath of influences ranging from the muted, mystery-laden palette and epic vision of French muralist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes to the dashing graphic shorthand of poster artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec” (Brooklyn Public Library website). His cover design
for Abbie Farwell’s In the days of Giants (Houghton Mifflin, 1902) is seen below.


The cover also appeared in blue and brown.

Emma Troth (1877-1944) was an illustrator whose covers, although not signed, match the illustrations in the books. Songs of Sixpence, by Abbie Farwell Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 1914) is another example of her work.

The design on Mr. Do-Something also appears on Wade’s The Island of Make-Believe (1914).

Alexander Key (1904-1979) is probably most famous for writing Escape to Witch Mountain which became a movie on several occasions. He lived in North Carolina much of his life. He was, however, an illustrator before his success as a writer. Among his cover designs is Belle River Friends in Wings and Feathers (Lyons and Carnahan,1928)

Charles Copeland (1858-1945) was a popular illustrator who worked on The Song of the Syrian Guest (for which he probably did the cover), and an edition of Robinson Crusoe. He also designed the cover of the 1911 edition of Pinocchio in Africa, for which he also did original illustrations.

Eric Pape (1870-1938) was a painter and illustrator. He studied art in Paris in his late teens. He taught for a year in Boston and may have even met Amy Sacker there. He illustrated books for L. C. Page (such as The Lotus Woman, by Nathan Gallizier) and other publishers.

Dorothy Rittenhouse Morgan (1899?-1992) was another illustrator of children’s books. Her cover designs include A Peep into Fairyland (1927) and Numberland (1928) for D. C. Heath and Company, which she also illustrated. Her illustrations also appear in an edition of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby (1930).

Troy (1871-1938) and Margaret West Kinney (1872-1952) were a husband-and- wife team of authors/artists/illustrators. One bookseller described them as “among the most prominent of their era.” They painted numerous frontispieces and other illustrations for Macmillan, A. C. McClurg, L. C. Page, and other publishers, as well as magazines such as Century and Saturday Evening Post. Margaret studied with both William Merritt Chase and in France with Luc-Olivier Merson. Together, they wrote an important book on dance, first published in 1914, still of value today. They provided covers for two books by Millicent Mann, apparently the only two books she wrote: Lady Dear (A. C. McClurg, 1905) and Margot the Court Shoemaker’s Daughter (McClurg, 1901).

J W Ferguson Kennedy (?-?) was an artist and illustrator who designed the cover of Leslie Cope Cornford’s Sons of Adversity (Page, 1898). He worked in the Boston area, and illustrated at least four books by James Otis, for which Amy Sacker did the cover design. His wife was also involved in the same circle of women’s clubs in the Boston area as Amy was. She, like Amy, was a lecturer on a variety of topics.

Lucy Fitch Perkins (1865-1937) was an author and illustrator of children’s books, most well known for her “Twins Series”, 21 volumes exploring the world. She illustrated and created the cover for Blanche Wade’s Garden in Pink (A. C. McClurg, 1905), as well as her own Robin Hood, his Deeds and Adventures (Houghton Mifflin, 1923). The covers replicate illustrations within the text.

Gertrude Spaller (later, Kinder) (1892-19 ??) was a painter (including murals and other public works) and illustrator working in the Chicago area. She provided the drawings for Helen Buttrick’s Principles of clothing selection (1929), as well as illustrations and covers for several other titles.

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UNCG Librarians Featured in Book on Academic Data Librarianship

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:03:00 +0000

Lynda Kellam
Karen Grigg

UNC Greensboro librarians Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information) and Karen Grigg (Science Liaison librarian) are featured in Databrarianship: The Academic Librarian in Theory and Practice(2016). 
Published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Kellam served as co-editor for the book, and Grigg published a chapter, “Data in the Sciences." 

Databrarianship examines how librarians can utilize different methodologies and theories to better curate and organize academic research data. The new release draws on the expertise of a diverse community of practitioners, this collection of case studies, original research, survey chapters, and theoretical explorations presents a wide-ranging look at the field of academic data librarianship.
 Additional information on Databrarianship.

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:27:00 +0000

No home movie
Peace officer

45 years
The choice
Stand clear of the closing doors

10 Cloverfield Lane

Ballers. The complete first season
Vinyl. The complete first season

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

Mecklenburg County Patriots

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:49:00 +0000

July Fourth, 1776, Independence Day, is traditionally known as the U.S.A.'s birthday.  However, did you know that Mecklenburg County, NC, declared their independence from Great Britain more than a year earlier?  On May 20, 1775, after hearing about the battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, a small group of incensed militia leaders gathered to declare Mecklenburg County free from British rule.  Interested in learning more?  Then check out Scott Syfert's book, "The First American Declaration of Independence?", at your local library or bookstore.  Happy reading!  Happy Birthday to the United States of America!

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

The 1929 #UNCG yearbook has many treasures! Featuring a circus...

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:00:49 -0400

The 1929 #UNCG yearbook has many treasures! Featuring a circus theme, the publication included students personifying certain food items, including a hot dog, cotton candy, and popcorn. The #FashionFriday team would like to highlight this student dressed as a “peanut!” Notice the little peanuts sewn to her outfit!

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Wanted – A College Song”

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000

In November of 1908, it was decided that State Normal and Industrial College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) should have a school song. The small woman’s college opened its doors in 1892, and although class songs, cheers, and poems were popular with the students, the school did not have an official Alma Mater. An alumnae committee was established to select a song and decided to hold a competition, which was publicized in the State Normal Magazine. In an announcement titled, “Wanted – A College Song,” the committee offered a prize of “ten dollars in gold” to the person writing a song that best represented the “spirit of the college.” Words could be adapted to an established song, or an original composition could be submitted, in which cases “musical critics” would be called in as judges.

Laura Weill

Although there was no immediate response to the competition, Wilmington native, Laura Weill (Class of 1910), did submit a song shortly before her graduation.  Incorporating a tune by W. A. White that she discovered in an anthology of college songs, Weill penned “The College Song,” with a focus on loyalty and the school’s devotion to service. Service had always been an important part of State Normal’s mission, but it was the motto of the Class of 1910 and they “willed it” to the college during graduation. It was during the May 1910 Commencement ceremony that the song was first performed, and was thereafter incorporated into the college handbook and other campus publications, including “Twenty-Five Songs for Community Singing,” which included patriotic songs such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “The Old North State,” as well as folk tunes like “Barbara Allen” and “My Old Kentucky Home.” Belle Kornegay (Class of 1918) later arranged the composition for sheet music.

"The College Song" Score

After the college became co-educational in 1963, there was discussion that the song should be replaced with a more relevant choice. The argument came up again in the early 1980s. Ultimately, it was decided that Weill’s song would be kept, although the words would be adapted to include, “your sons and daughters” and “university,” reflecting the more diverse student body. The renamed “The University Song,” is still played at Commencement and other university events.

The words, written by Laura Weill, are as follows:

We raise our voices; let them swell
In a chorus loud and strong;
The rolling hills send back the sound
Of our triumphant song.
For in one great unbroken band
With loyal hearts and true,
Your daughters stand, and hand in hand
Sing college dear to you.

Our college days run swiftly by
And all too soon we part;
But in the years that are to come
Deep graven on each heart
Our motto, “Service,” will remain,
And service we will do,
And as we serve, our hears will turn,
O college dear, to you.

Dear Alma Mater, strong and great,
We never shall forget
The gratitude we owe to you—
A never-ending debt.
All honor to your name we give,
And love we pledge anew,
Unfailing loyalty we bring,
O college dear, to you.

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Digitization project priorities, 2016-2017

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:29:00 +0000

The University Libraries Digital Projects Priorities Team met on Wednesday 22 June and approved the following priority projects for 2016-2017:

New projects:

Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015
This LSTA-funded project will digitize over 47,000 documents, photographs, and other items related to the growth of medical practice and institutions in Greensboro and will include materials from the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Public Library, and the Greensboro Historical Museum in addition to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG.

This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Women's Professional Association Records
Contains meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, and organizational records from the Women's Professional Forum, a local women's organization that was founded in Greensboro in 1977. The forum has presented UNCG with a donation to defray the cost of digitization.

Early Cello Manuscripts and Published Works
The pieces selected for this digital project are among the earliest and rarest works found in the Cello Music Collection. In many cases, UNCG is the only library or archive worldwide with the holdings for these editions which date to the 1700s.

Peter Paul Fuchs Papers
Peter Paul Fuchs (1916-2007) was a conductor, composer, teacher, and a significant figure in the performing arts history of Greensboro. Materials too be digitized and included in the Cello Music Collection include 74 unpublished music scores and parts, totaling more than 1600 pages.

North Carolina Alpha Delta Kappa Collection
ADK is an international honorary organization for women educators and these scrapbooks (dating 1954-1994) represent a completely unique view of the activities of a women's organization.

Ongoing projects:

Cone Hospital Collection
This project, undertaken through the financial support of Cone Health, involves digitizing some 15,000 photographs and other documents that chronicle the history of Greensboro's Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Target date for completion is December, 2016.

Women Veterans Historical Project
Additional oral histories, photographs, and other items will be added to this extensive digital collection documenting the service of women in the American armed forces, once of UNCG's most used digital resources.

Maud Gatewood Collection
Gatewood was an instrumental part of the art in North Carolina during the late 20th and early 21st century. As a graduate of Woman’s College, she is also part of our institution’s history. Her entire collection, including thousands of sketches, along with correspondence and other materials, is being digitized.

I Wish To Say
This project will create a digital archive of the "I Wish to Say" project undertaken by UNCG Assistant Professor Sheryl Oring (Art Department), and will present images and transcriptions of messages composed and sent through the project since 2004. Target date for completion is December, 2016.

Pre-1923 Children's Literature
This project encompasses digitizing approximately 100 public domain children’s books from the Early Juvenile Literature Collection, Woman’s Collection, and Special Collections General, some dating to the 1700s.

Metadata and exploratory projects:

We will also be moving forward on:

  • The ongoing metadata cleanup for the American Publishers Trade Bindings Collection.
  • A new project to create more user-friendly and browsable categories for our digital collections.
  • A new project to add rights and usage statements that correspond with the DPLA/Europeana model and offer users a more accurate picture of the rights (and re-use) status of our materials.
Further, we will be working to solicit partners and attract funding for the second phase of the north Carolina Runaway Slave Ads Project, to discover and digitize ads placed between 1840 and 1865.

It's going to be a busy year!