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Finding Aid of the Collection of Materials by and Relating to the Decorative Designers Firm
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Correspondence

Box 1, Folders 1-5

Thayer, Lee. Correspondence between Charles Gullans and Lee Thayer. v.p., 13 March 1970-4 September 1973

Physical Description: (49 items, manuscript)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence re the history of The Decorative Designers and to exhibitions of their bindings held on the Los Angeles and San Diego campuses of the University of California 1970-1971.
a) 31 letters from Lee Thayer to Charles Gullans. Coronado, California. 18 March 1970-20 August 1973 (Holograph).
b) 14 letters from Charles Gullans to Lee Thayer. [Los Angeles] 13 March 1970-4 September 1973 (Typescript carbon).
c) 1 letter from Lee Thayer to John Espey. Coronado, California. 1 July 1970 (Holograph, photocopy).
d) 3 letters from Elizabeth Nichols to Charles Gullans. Coronado, California. 2 September 1970-14 January 1971 (Holograph).
Box 1, Folder 1

Thayer - Gullans correspondence. 13 March-12 May 1970.

Physical Description: (7 items, 14 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence re a proposal to exhibit the work of The Decorative Designers in the UCLA College Library.
4 Autograph letters signed from Thayer to Gullans, Coronado, California.
3 Typescript (carbon) letters from Gullans to Thayer, [Los Angeles].
Box 1, Folder 2

Thayer - Gullans correspondence. 21 May-8 August 1970.

Physical Description: (6 items, 11 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence re the history of The Decorative Designers and to preparations for the exhibition at UCLA.
2 Autograph letters signed from Thayer to Gullans. Coronado, California.
1 Autograph letter signed (photocopy) from Thayer to John Espey. Coronado, California.
3 Typescript (carbon) letters from Gullans to Thayer, [Los Angeles].
Box 1, Folder 3

Thayer - Gullans correspondence. 18 August 1970-25 February 1971.

Physical Description: (16 items, 19 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence re the exhibitions at UCLA and UCSD.
9 Autograph letters signed from Thayer to Gullans. Coronado, California.
4 Typescript (carbon) letter from Gullans to Thayer. [Los Angeles]
3 Autograph letters signed from Elizabeth Nichols to Gullans. Coronado, California.
Box 1, Folder 4

Thayer - Gullans correspondence. 11 March-22 December 1971.

Physical Description: (11 items, 17 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence re Thayer's career and personal subjects.
9 Autograph letters signed from Thayer to Gullans. Coronado, California.
2 Typescript (carbon) letters from Gullans to Thayer. [Los Angeles]
Box 1, Folder 5

Thayer - Gullans correspondence. 8 January 1972-4 September 1973.

Physical Description: (9 items, 13 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence relating to personal subjects.
7 Autograph letters signed from Thayer to Gullans. Coronado, California.
2 Typescript (carbon) letters from Gullans to Thayer, [Los Angeles].
 

Oral History

Box 1, Folders 6-9

Taped interviews with Lee Thayer conducted by Charles Gullans and John Espey in Coronado, California on 2 May and 21 July 1970.

Scope and Content Note

Remarks re the history of the Decorative Designers, technical processes involved in printing and stamping bindings, and identification of individual designers for specific bindings.
Box 1, Folder 6

Interview of Lee Thayer with Charles Gullans, John Espey, Dr. Ira Nichols, and Mrs. Elizabeth Nichols. [Coronado, California], 2 May 1970.

Physical Description: (1 reel [7in.] Tape)
Box 1, Folder 7

Transcript (typed) of 2 May 1970 interview.

Physical Description: (46 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 8

Interview of Lee Thayer with Charles Gullans and John Espey. Coronado, California, 21 July 1970.

Physical Description: (1 reel, 1 side only [7in.] Tape)
Box 1, Folder 9

Transcript (typed) of 21 July 1970 interview.

Physical Description: (31 leaves)
 

Articles and Newsclippings

Box 2, Folder 1

Thayer, Lee. “For a child's room,” The mentor (vol.16, no.4, serial no.303), May 1928.

Physical Description: (pp.18-19. 1 item, 2 pieces. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 2-6

Newsclippings and photocopies of newsclippings re the life and career of Lee Thayer. v.p., 1934-1973.

Physical Description: (6 items)
Box 2, Folder 2

Hartford Daily Times (Connecticut), 20 September 1934.

Physical Description: (1 item, 3 pieces. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 3

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), 11 October 1936.

Physical Description: (1 item, 11 pieces. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 4

Hartford Times (Connecticut), 20 August 1938.

Physical Description: (1 item, 3 pieces. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 5

Honolulu Advertiser, 21 April 1947.

Physical Description: (1 item, 1 piece. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 6

San Francisco Examiner, 14 March 1972.

Physical Description: (1 piece. Clipped article)
Box 2, Folder 6

Los Angeles Times, 21 November 1973.

Physical Description: (1 piece. Clipped article)

Scope and Content Note

Obituary.
Box 2, Folder 7

Beckley, Zoe. “The mystery of a mystery writer.” n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item, 2 pieces. Photocopy)

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished mock-up article for a proposed features syndicate.
Box 2, Folder 8

Articles of criticism relating to Lee Thayer's skill as a novelist.

Physical Description: 2 items:
Box 2, Folder 8

Breen, Jon L. “On Lee Thayer,” The armchair detective (vol.5, no.3), April 1972.

Physical Description: (pp.148-150. 3 pieces. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 8

Nevins, Francis M., Jr. “Death inside the cow: a few notes on the novels of Lee Thayer,” The armchair detective (vol.5, no.3), April 1972.

Physical Description: (pp.151, 155. 2 pieces. Photocopy)
 

Ephemera

Box 2, Folders 9-10

Material re dramatic presentations of works by Lee Thayer. v.p., 1930, 1949.

Physical Description: (2 items. Photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 9

Theater program. The Chatham [New Jersey] Community Players present “Set a thief” a crooked comedy by Lee Thayer. Performances 27 February-1 March 1930.

Physical Description: (1 item, 2 pieces. Photocopy)
Box 2, Folder 10

Television schedule. KMIX-TV. Dramatic evening [7 November 1949] Presenting on The children's hour “The adventures of little Annie Strickland” by Lee Thayer. Director: Lee Thayer. n.p.

Physical Description: 1 item, 1 pc. Photocopy.
Box 2, Folder 11

Newsclippings re the Decorative Designers exhibit at the University of California at San Diego, January-February 1971.

Physical Description: (3 items)

Scope and Content Note

Publicity articles:
Box 2, Folder 11

Coronado Journal (California), 28 January 1971.

Physical Description: (1 pc. Clipped article)
Box 2, Folder 11

San Diego Union, 21 February 1971.

Physical Description: (2 pieces [duplicate copies] Clipped article)
 

Association Material

Box 2, Folder 12-15

Printed material from Arthur W. and Edna Rushmore and their Golden Hind Press (Madison, New Jersey). 1946-1971.

Physical Description: (8 items)

Scope and Content Note

Including signed cards and presentation copies of press pamphlets. With other items related to Arthur W. Rushmore.
Box 2, Folder 12

Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Cacoethes scribendi. with a wood engraving by Fritz Eichenberg. Madison, New Jersey: The Brayers Club, 1946.

Physical Description: (1 item, 2 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

With printed, hand-colored presentation slip “... from Edna & Arthur for Lee with affection.”
Box 2, Folder 13

Trapp, Jacob. Meditations. Madison, New Jersey: At the Golden Hind Press, 1954.

Physical Description:
Box 2, Folder 14

Christmas greetings from Edna Rushmore to Lee Thayer.

Physical Description: 4 items:
Box 2, Folder 14

Grace before meat. A few favorite blessings. Madison, New Jersey: At the Golden Hind Press, 1959.

Physical Description: (6-page booklet)

Scope and Content Note

Presentation copy.
Box 2, Folder 14

Christmas cards printed by Edna Rushmore at the Golden Hind Press. Madison, New Jersey, 1968-1970.

Physical Description: (3 items, 3 pieces)
Box 2, Folder 15

Memorial items re Arthur W. Rushmore.

Physical Description: 2 items:
Box 2, Folder 15

Printed invitation to attend the presentation of Arthur W. Rushmore's Washington hand-press to the Library of Farleigh Dickinson University. Madison, New Jersey, on 29 October 1971.

Physical Description: With cover note from Lee Thayer. Holograph. 4 pieces)
Box 2, Folder 15

Bookplate of the Rushmore Memorial Collection in the Madison [New Jersey] Public Library.

Physical Description: (1 piece)
 

Bookplate Designs

Box 2, Folder 16

Assorted bookplates designed by Lee Thayer arranged on three sheets. n.p., 1922-1938.

Physical Description: (3 pieces. Photocopy)

Scope and Content Note

13 bookplates, 12 designs.
 

Binding Designs

Box 2, Folder 17-18

Designs for trade bindings produced by the Decorative Designers. n.p., v.d.

Physical Description: (12 items. Photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 17

“Book covers by the Decorative Designers. New York,” The printing art quarterly (vol.24), February 1915 pp.489-496.

Physical Description: (1 item, 8 pieces. Photocopy)

Scope and Content Note

“Being an eight-page display of half-tone reproductions, in miniature, of a few of the book-cover designs produced by this organization.” With autograph attributions of individual responsibility for each design added by Lee Thayer.

Note

[Some actual examples of covers depicted in this article may be found in Trade Bindings, (Boxes 3-17)]
Box 2, Folder 18

Mock bindings designed by the Decorative Designers for the Holliston Mills (Norwood, Massachusetts) to advertize the uses of Holliston book cloths.

Physical Description: (11 items, 15 pieces [4 duplicates] Photocopy)
 

Dust Jacket Designs

Box 2, Folder 19

Kagawa, Toyohiko. The religion of Jesus and Love the law of life. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, n.d.

Physical Description: Dust jacket only. Signed with the Decorative Designers monogram.
Box 2, Folder 20-22

Dust jackets designed by Lee Thayer. n.p., 1927-1944.

Physical Description: (26 items. Photocopies)
Box 2, Folder 20

Dust jacketsfor books in the “Jalna” series by Mazo de la Roche. [All published by Little, Brown], 1927-1944.

Physical Description: (7 items, 7 pieces. Photocopy)

Note

[See also Dust Jackets (Box 19, Item 14)]
Titles:
Box 2, Folder 20

Finch's fortune.

Scope and Content Note

Signed“DD.”
Box 2, Folder 20

-- Jalna.

Scope and Content Note

Signed“DD.”
Box 2, Folder 20

The master of Jalna.

Box 2, Folder 20

Whiteoak harvest.

Box 2, Folder 20

Whiteoak heritage.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “LT '39.”
Box 2, Folder 20

Whiteoaks of Jalna.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “DD.”
Box 2, Folder 20

Young Penny (“Jalna,” 1906).

Scope and Content Note

Signed “LT '35.”
Box 2, Folder 21

Dust jackets for mystery novels by Lee Thayer. n.d.

Physical Description: (6 items, 6 pieces. Photocopy)

Note

[See also Dust Jackets (Boxes 18-19)]
Titles:
Box 2, Folder 21

Counterfeit. Sears.

Box 2, Folder 21

The darkest spot. Sears.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “DD.”
Box 2, Folder 21

Dead men's shoes. Sears.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “DD.”
Box 2, Folder 21

The last shot. Sears.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “DD.”
Box 2, Folder 21

The sinister mark. Doubleday, Page.

Box 2, Folder 21

They tell no tales. Sears.

Box 2, Folder 22

Dust jackets for books by miscellaneous authors. v.d.

Physical Description: (13 items, 15 pieces. Photocopy)

Note

Titles:
Box 2, Folder 22

Bailey, Carolyn S., ed. The story-telling hour. Dodd, Mead.

Box 2, Folder 22

Finlayson, Donald Lord. Michelangelo the man. Crowell.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “LT '35.”
Box 2, Folder 22

Fraser, Chelsea. The model aircraft builder. Crowell.

Box 2, Folder 22

Freeman, R Austin. The magic casket. Dodd, Mead.

Box 2, Folder 22

Howard, John Tasker. Stephen Foster, America's troubadour. Crowell.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “LT '33.”
Box 2, Folder 22

McKenna, Stephen. The oldest god.

Box 2, Folder 22

McSpadden, J. Walker. Opera synopses. Completely revised. Crowell.

Box 2, Folder 22

Mahan, J. Alexander. Mariá Theresa of Austria. Crowell.

Box 2, Folder 22

Morris, W.F. The strange case of Gunner Rawley. Dodd, Mead.

Scope and Content Note

Signed “DD.”
Box 2, Folder 22

Rhode, John. Murder at Bratton Grange. Dodd, Mead.

Box 2, Folder 22

Schauffler, Robert Haven. Music weeks and days. Dodd, Mead.

Physical Description: (2 copies)

Scope and Content Note

Signed “LT '33.”
Box 2, Folder 22

Tales from Shakespeare. Nelson.

Physical Description: (2 copies)

Scope and Content Note

Signed “DD.”
Box 2, Folder 22

Truss, Seldon. Number naught. Dodd, Mead.

 

Trade Bindings

Scope and Content Note

Boxes 3-17 contain copies of the following books whose decorated bindings were designed by the Decorative Designers. Covers displaying the company monogram are designated by the term “Signed.” All items lacking this designation are unsigned. Binding descriptions are impressionistic rather than scientific, being intended only to facilitate comparison with other copies. when another copy of a listed book is located in the stacks of the University Research Library, that fact is denoted by an asterisk (*).
Box 3

1) [Anonymous]. The “Goldfish.” Being the confessions of a successful man. New York: Century, 1915.

Physical Description: Deep pink and gold on blue cloth; spine in gold.
Box 3

2) Adams, John Coleman. Nature studies in Berkshire. With illustrations in photogravure from original photographs by Arthur Scott. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1899.

Physical Description: Gold on green vertically-ribbed cloth. Newsclipping inserted.
Box 3

3) Austin, Alfred. A tale of true love and other poems. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. Pink and gold on light green cloth; spine in gold.
Box 3

4) Bailey, H.C. Colonel Greatheart. With illustrations by Lester Ralph. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, c.1908.

Physical Description: Signed. Red, blue-green and gold on steel gray vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 3

5) Barnes, James. For king or country. III. [by F.C. Yohn] New York: Harper & Brothers, 1896.

Physical Description: Red, white and gold on dark blue cloth.
Box 3

6) Barnes, James. A loyal traitor. III. by A.J. Keller. New York: Harper & Bros., 1897.

Physical Description: Red, white and gold on dark blue cloth with blindstamped fleurs-de-lis.
Box 4

7) Barrie, J. M. The little minister. III. New York: Crowell, c1891 [but issued ca. 1904]

Physical Description: Gloss and matte gold on green cloth.
Box 4

8) Bell,Lillian. As seen by me. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1900.

Physical Description: Dark blue and gold on gray-blue cloth; spine in gold.
Box 4

9) Benson, E.F. The capsina. With illustrations by G.P. Jacomb-Hood. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1899.

Physical Description: Light green, dark green and gold on biege cloth. Design extends over front and back covers.
Box 4

10) Benson, E.F. The vintage. With illustrations [by G.P. Jacomb-Hood]. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1898.

Physical Description: Light green, dark green, brick red and gold on biege cloth. Design extends over front and back covers.
Box 4

11) Brady, Cyrus Townsend. Hohenzollern. With illustrations by Will Crawford, and decorations by Mills Thompson. New York: Century, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. White, black and gold on red cloth. Presentation copy from Brady with the dedication retracted.

Scope and Content Note

With: another copy in variant binding (Green, black and maize on red cloth).
Box 5

12) Breasted, James Henry. A history of Egypt from the earliest times to the Persian conquest. III (2d edition, fully revised). New York: Scribner's, 1912 [1939 printing of 1909 edition].

Physical Description: Signed. Brown and gold on blue cloth; spine in gold. With dust jacket.

Scope and Content Note

Inserted note questions whether this design was done for the 1st (1905) or 2nd (1909) edition.
Box 5

13) Brown, Anna Robeson. The millionaire's son. III. by Arthur E. Becker. Boston: Dana Estes, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Light green, salmon and gold on dark blue cloth.
Box 5

14) Carpenter, Frank G. The Alps, the Danube and the Near East (“Carpenter's world travels”). Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1924.

Physical Description: Signed. Black, blue and gold on dark gray cloth.
Box 5

15) Carpenter, Frank G. The Holy Land and Syria (“Carpenter's world travels”). Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1922.

Physical Description: Signed. Deep blue, orange and gold on dark gray cloth.
Box 5

16) Carryl, Guy Wetmore. Fables for the frivolous. With illustrations by Peter Newell. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1904.

Physical Description: Grass green and gold on wine red cloth.
Box 5

17) Castaigne, André. Fata morgana. With illustrations by the author. New York: Century, 1904.

Physical Description: Signed. Light green, cream and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 6

18) Charles, Frances. The awakening of the duchess. III. by I.H. Caliga. Boston: Little, Brown, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Gloss and matte gold on green cloth. With dust jacket.
Box 6

19) Converse, Florence. Long Will. [III. by Garth Jones]. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed, Red violet, blue and gold on green cloth.
Box 6

20) Daskam, Josephine. Poems. New York: Scribner's, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed Gloss and matte gold on deep red cloth.
Box 6

21) Dehan, Richard. The sower of the wind. Boston: Little, Brown, 1927.

Physical Description: Signed. Yellow and black on brown cloth. With dust jacket not produced by the Decorative Designers.
Box 6

22) Dole, Nathan Haskell. Famous composers (2 vol.). New York: Crowell, c1891, 1902.

Physical Description: Gold on deep red cloth.
Box 6

23) Donnell, Annie Hamilton. Miss Theodosia's heartstrings. With illustrations by William Van Dresser. Boston: Little, Brown, 1916.

Physical Description: Signed. Lavender and purple on pale aqua cloth.
Box 6

24) Egan, Maurice Francis. The wiles of Sexton Maginnis. With illustrations by Arthur I. Keller. New York: Century, 1909.

Physical Description: Signed. Pale green and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 7

25) Ellis, J. Breckenridge. The dread and fear of kings. Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1900.

Physical Description: Aqua on midnight blue cloth.
Box 7

26) Elsner, Eleanor. Spanish sunshine. New York and London: Century, c1925.

Physical Description: Signed. Orange and gold on olive green cloth.
Box 7

27) Fernald, Chester Bailey. Under the jack-staff. New York: Century, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Gloss and matte gold on blue-green cloth
Box 7

28) Fox, John Jr. “Hell fer sartain” and other stories. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1898.

Physical Description: Green and gold on lilac cloth.

Note

(URL has a copy dated 1897 with slight color variation in binding)
Box 7

29) Gautier, Théophile. Journeys in Italy. Translated by Daniel B. Vermilye. New York: Brentano's, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. Aqua, blue and gold on rust vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 7

30) Gilson, Roy Rolfe. In the morning glow. III. [by Alice Barber Stephens]. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1903.

Physical Description: Pink, pale blue and gold on green cloth with oval inlay.
Box 7

31) Greene, Sarah Pratt McLean. Deacon Lysander. New York: Baker & Taylor, 1904.

Physical Description: Gray and gloss and matte gold on navy blue cloth.
Box 7

32) Harte, Bret. New burlesques (Condensed novels, second series). Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. Gloss and matte gold on green cloth.
Box 7

33) Henley, William Ernest. Hawthorn and lavender with other verses. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1901.

Physical Description: Signed. Lavender, white and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 8

34) Henry, Arthur. An island cabin. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1906.

Physical Description: Signed. Gloss and matte gold on brownish gray coarsely-woven cloth.
Box 8

35) Herrick, Robert. The common lot. New York: Macmillan, 1905.

Physical Description: Signed. Dark green, yellow and gold on pea-green cloth.
Box 8

36) Hervey, Harry. Where strange gods call. With illustrations by Christopher Murphy. New York and London: Century, c1924.

Physical Description: Signed. Magenta and blue on green cloth. With dust jacket that repeats cover design.
Box 8

37) Holmes, Mary J. Lena Rivers. New York: New York Book Company, 1910.

Physical Description: Signed. Brown and black on gray cloth.
Box 8

38) Howells, William Dean. Their silver wedding journey. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1899.

Physical Description: 2 vols. Silver on gray vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 8

39) Hutten, Baroness von. Our lady of the beeches. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. Brown, pale green and gold on gray cloth.
Box 9

40) Jackson, Charles Ross. The third degree. New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Vermillion, yellow, light green and gold on forest green cloth.
Box 9

41) Knapp, Adeline. The well in the desert. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1908.

Physical Description: Signed. Dark green and brown on tan cloth.

Scope and Content Note

This is a reissue of the Century edition with possible changes in binding colors.
Box 9

42) Knox, George William. The spirit of the Orient. New York: Crowell, 1906.

Physical Description: Light green and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 9

43) Langstaff, John Brett. From now to Adam. Peter Tompkins' adventures in the Bible. III. by Luxor Price. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1928.

Physical Description: Signed. Gloss and matte gold on dull green cloth.
Box 9

44) Lee, Jeanette. Simeon Tetlow's shadow. New York: Century, 1909.

Physical Description: Signed. Pale green, orange and black on light green cloth.
Box 9

45) Le Gallienne, Richard. The love letters of the king, or, The life romantic. Boston: Little, Brown, 1901.

Physical Description: Gloss and matte gold on dark green cloth.
Box 9

46) Le Gallienne, Richard. Romances of old France. New York: Baker & Taylor, 1905.

Physical Description: Brown on grayish brown paper over boards with inlay. Cover unsigned, but frontispiece and page decorations throughout are signed.
Box 10

47) Levett-Yeats, S. The lord protector. London and Bombay: Longmans, Green, 1902.

Physical Description: Maize, green and gold on wheat cloth.
Box 10

48) Lewis, Alfred Henry. The story of Paul Jones. Illustrations by Seymour M. Stone and Phillipps Ward. New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1906.

Physical Description: Signed. Dark green and brown on pale chartreuse cloth.
Box 10

49) Lighton, William R. The ultimate moment. III. by A.I. Keller. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Light green and gold on brown cloth.
Box 10

50) Lindsay, Anna Robertson Brown. The warriors. New York: Crowell, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. White and gloss and matte gold on steel gray vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 10

51) Little, Francis. The house of the misty star. New York: Century, 1915.

Physical Description: Signed. Blue, flesh pink and gold on biege cloth.
Box 10

52) Long, John Luther. Naughty Nan. New York: Century, 1902.

Physical Description: Pale green, light green, violet and gloss and matte gold on dark green cloth; spine in gold.
Box 10

53) Lowell, James Russell. Vision of Sir Launfal. New York: Crowell, n.d. [ca. 1900].

Physical Description: Burnt green and gold on green suede.
Box 11

54) McElroy, Lucy Cleaver. Juletty [Illustrations by W.E. Mears]. New York: Crowell, c.1901.

Physical Description: Green and gold on red vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 11

55) Martin, Edward Sandford. Poems & verses. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. Gold on embossed blue cloth.
Box 11

56) Michelson, Miriam. Anthony Overman. III. by John Cecil Clay. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1906.

Physical Description: White and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 11

57) Mitchell, S. Weir. The autobiography of a quack and The case of George Dedlow. III. by A.J. Keller. New York: Century, 1900.

Physical Description: Gloss and matte gold on blue-green cloth.
Box 11

58) Mitchell, S. Weir. Constance Trescot. New York: Century, 1905.

Physical Description: Signed. Gold on blue cloth.
Box 11

59) Mitchell, S. Weir. Dr. North and his friends. New York: Century, 1901.

Physical Description: Gloss and matte gold on forest green cloth.
Box 11

60) Molineux, Roland Burnham. The room with the little door. New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. White, black and gold on blue-gray cloth.
Box 11

61) Morris, Gouverneur. Ellen and Mr. Man. New York: Century, 1904.

Physical Description: White and gold on cornflower blue cloth.
Box 11

62) Morris, Lewis. The epic of Hades. New York and Boston: Crowell, n.d.

Physical Description: Signed. Gloss and matte gold on wine red vertically-ribbed cloth. With dust jacket.
Box 12

63) O'Brian, Seumas. The whale and the grasshopper and other fables. With a frontispiece by Robert McCaig. Boston: Little, Brown, 1916.

Physical Description: Signed. Aquamarine and dark blue on olive green cloth; gold lettering on spine.
Box 12

64) O'Higgins, Harvey J. A grand army man. With illustrations by Martin Justice. New York: Century, 1908.

Physical Description: Signed. Orange, white and gold on blue cloth.
Box 12

65) Overton, Gwendolen. The heritage of unrest. New York: Macmillan, 1905 [c.1901].

Physical Description: Signed. Wine red and dark green on gray paper.

Scope and Content Note

[This is special edition in paper covers] “Macmillan's paper novels.”
Box 12

66) Page, Thomas Nelson. On Newfound River. New York: Scribner's, 1906.

Physical Description: Signed. Gold on navy blue cloth.
Box 12

67) Paine, Ralph D. The praying skipper and other stories. New York: Outing, 1906.

Physical Description: Signed. White, sea green, brown and gold on light blue cloth.
Box 12

68) Parker, Gilbert. Donovan Pasha and some people of Egypt. New York: Appleton, 1902.

Physical Description: Signed. Gold on dark blue cloth.
Box 12

69) Parrish, Randall. Beth Norvell. With frontispiece by N.C. Wyeth. Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1907.

Physical Description: Signed. Maize, sea green and black on biege coarsely woven cloth.
Box 13

70) Pattee, Fred Lewis. Mary Garvin. [III. by W.E. Mears]. New York: Crowell, 1902.

Physical Description: Sea green and gold on blue-green vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 13

71) Penfield, Frederic Courtland. East of Suez. Ceylon, India. China and Japan. New York: Century, 1907.

Physical Description: Signed. White and gloss and matte gold on red cloth.
Box 13

72) Penn Publishing Company. Philadelphia, ca. 1895-.

Physical Description: Seven paperback school texts with signed, two-tone covers. Copyright dates are no indication of the date of design.

Scope and Content Note

Titles:
Classic dialogues and dramas.
Exelsior dialogues.
Little people's dialogues.
Little people's speaker.
Primary recitations.
Schoolday dialogues.
Young people's speaker.
Box 13

73) Pidgin, Charles Felton. The letter H. III. by Ch. Weber Ditzler. New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1904.

Physical Description: Signed. Red, light green and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 13

74) Pittenger, William. The debater's treasury. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, 1923, c.1891.

Physical Description: Signed. Blue on pale green paper.
Box 13

75) Potter, Margaret Horton. The castle of twilight. III. by Ch. Weber. Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Grayish blue shading to yellowish gray and gold on midnight blue cloth.
Box 14

76) Reed, Myrtle. Old rose and silver. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, c.1909.

Physical Description: Signed. Cream and silver on bluish gray paper onlay over cloth.

Scope and Content Note

Reissue with paper onlay cover of the novel originally issued by Putnam in 1909 with a cover by Margaret Armstrong.
Box 14

77) Reid, Mayne. The rifle rangers, or, Adventures in south Mexico. New York: New York Book Company, 1909.

Physical Description: Signed. Brown and black on bluish gray cloth.

Note

[Same pattern as on Box 8, item 37]
Box 14

78) Sangster, Margaret E. Eastover parish. New York: Fleming H. Revell, c.1912.

Physical Description: Signed. Brick red and cream on grayish green cloth.
Box 14

79) Service, Robert W. The spell of the Yukon and other verses. New York: Barse & Hopkins, c.1907.

Physical Description: Signed. White, black, gray and gold on gray cloth.
Box 14

80) Shaw, Flora L. Castle Blair. With illustrations by George Varian. Boston: Little, Brown, 1924.

Physical Description: Signed. Red, yellow and dark green on aqua cloth.

Scope and Content Note

With dust jacket reproducing Varian's frontispiece.
Box 14

81) Stanley, Caroline Abbot. Dr. Llewellyn and his friends. New York: Fleming H. Revell, c.1914.

Physical Description: Dark green and white on olive green cloth.
Box 14

82) Stanley, Caroline Abbot. The master of “The Oaks”. New York: Fleming H. Revell, c.1912.

Physical Description: Signed, Dark green and greenish white on olive green cloth.
Box 15

83) Stanley, Caroline Abbot. Order no.11. With illustrations by Harry C. Edwards. New York: Century, 1904.

Physical Description: Signed. Brown, yellow, light green and cream on navy blue cloth.
Box 15

84) Stocking, Charles Francis. The diary of Jean Evarts. Chicago: Maestro, 1921.

Physical Description: Gold on blue, blindstamped vertically-ribbed cloth.
Box 15

85) Stratton-Porter, Gene. The fire bird. Illustrations by Gordon Grant; decorations by Lee Thayer. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1922.

Physical Description: Orange, brown, dark green, gray-green and white on tan paper over boards. With dust jacket that repeats cover design. 10 text pages, title page and endpapers are decorated.
Box 15

86) Stuart, Ruth McEnery. Aunt Amity's silver wedding and other stories. III [by A.B. Frost]. New York: Century, 1909.

Physical Description: Signed. Grass green and gold on forest green cloth.
Box 15

87) Stuart, Ruth McEnery. George Washington Jones. A Christmas gift that went a-begging. With pictures by Edward Potthast. Philadelphia: Altemus, c.1903.

Physical Description: Blue-gray and white on dark blue cloth.
Box 15

88) Stuart, Ruth McEnery. In Simpkinsville. Illustrations by Smedley, Carleton, and McNair. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897.

Physical Description: Light green, greenish white and gold on greenish tan cloth.
Box 15

89) Stuart, Ruth McEnery. Napoleon Jackson, the gentleman of the plush rocker. With pictures by Edward Potthast. New York: Century, 1904.

Physical Description: Signed. Light green and gold on burgundy cloth.

Scope and Content Note

With dust jacket carrying design different from cover.
Box 15

90) Stuart, Ruth McEnery. Solomon Crow's Christmas packets and other tales. III [by A.B. Frost]. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897.

Physical Description: Green, black and gold on biege cloth.
Box 15

91) Stuart, Ruth McEnery. Sonny, a Christmas guest. With illustrations by Fanny Y. Cory. New York: Century, 1904.

Physical Description: Signed. Light green, greenish white and gold on dark green cloth.
Box 16

92) Thayer, Lee. Set a thief. New York: Sears, c.1931.

Physical Description: Signed. Aqua and black on blue cloth.
Box 16

93) Tracy, Louis. The wheel o' fortune. Illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg. New York: Edward J. Clode, c1907.

Physical Description: Yellowish green, aqua and gold on blue-green cloth.
Box 16

94) Vandercook, Margaret. The loves of Ambrose. III. by Gordon Grant. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1914.

Physical Description: Signed. Burnt orange, black and white on green cloth.

Scope and Content Note

Presentation copy.
Box 16

95) Van Dyne, Edith. Aunt Jane's nieces. Chicago: Reilly & Britton. c1906.

Physical Description: Signed. Purple and dark green on straw cloth, with oval inlay.

Note

Design also used for later editions in this series of novels for girls.
Box 16

96) Wallace, Lew. The chariot-race from Ben-Hur. III. by Sigismond Ivanowski. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907.

Physical Description: Cream, gray and gloss and matte gold on purple cloth.
Box 16

97) Watanna, Onoto. The heart of Hyacinth. Decorations by Kiyokichi Sano. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Grass green, dark green, white and gold on lavender cloth.

Scope and Content Note

With: another copy.
Box 17

98) Whiteing, Richard. The yellow van. New York: Century, 1903.

Physical Description: Signed. Maize, black and gloss and matte gold on light brown cloth.
Box 17

99) Williamson, C.N. & A.M. The port of adventure. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1913.

Physical Description: Yellow, aquamarine, mottled blue and gold on dark blue cloth.

Scope and Content Note

Endpapers signed “Arthur Covey (with the company monogram following).”
Box 17

100) Famous American actors of today (vol.2). Edited by Frederic Edward McKay and Charles E.L. Wingate. New York: Crowell, c1896.

Physical Description: Gloss and matte gold on aqua cloth [“by C.E.L. Wingate” on cover].
Box 17

101) Young, Filson. The sands of pleasure. Boston: Dana Estes, c.1905.

Physical Description: Signed. Blue, orange and gold on dark olive green cloth.
 

Dust Jackets

Note

(See also Dust Jacket Designs, Box 2)

Scope and Content Note

Boxes 18 and 19 contain copies of books with dust jackets designed by Lee Thayer. All but one of the books in this section are Mrs. Thayer's own mystery novels. They are listed by title.
Box 18

1) Accessory after the fact. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1943.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '43.”
Box 18

2) Accident, manslaughter, or murder? New York: Dodd, Mead, 1945.

Physical Description: With dust jacket and endpapers signed “LT '45.”
Box 18

1) Alias Dr. Ely. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, c.1927.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed with the Decorative Designers' monogram.
Box 18

4) Dead reckoning. New York: Dodd, Mead, c.1954.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '54.”
Physical Description: With: another copy.
Box 18

5) Five bullets. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1944.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '44” glued to endpapers.
Box 18

6) Guilt is where you find it. New York: Dodd, Mead, c.1957.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '56.”
Physical Description: With: another copy.
Box 19

7) A hair's breadth. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1946.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '45.”
Box 19

8) Hanging's too good. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1943.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '43” glued to endpapers, in plastic wrapper.
Box 19

9) The jaws of death. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1946.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '46.”
Box 19

10) The prisoner pleads 'Not guilty'. New York: Dodd, Mead, c.1953.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT” in plastic wrapper.
Box 19

11) Still no answer. New York: Dodd, Mead, c.1958.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '57.” Presentation copy to Alice and John [Espey].
Box 19

12) Who benefits? New York: Dodd, Mead, c1955.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '55.”
Box 19

13) Within the vault. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1950.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '50.”
Box 19

14) De la Roche, Mazo. Return to Jalna. Boston: Little, Brown, 1946.

Physical Description: With dust jacket signed “LT '46.”

Note

(See also Dust Jacket Designs, Box 2, folder 20)
 

Novels by Lee Thayer

Scope and Content Note

Mystery novels written by Lee Thayer and published 1921-1966, some with decoration by Thayer or derived from the work of the Decorative Designers; one children's book written by Thayer under a pen name.
Box 20

1) And one cried murder. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1961.

Scope and Content Note

With: another copy.
Box 20

2) Blood on the knight. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1952.

Box 20

3) The darkest spot. New York: A.L. Burt, c.1928.

Physical Description: Unsigned cover design based on the dust jacket design, signed “DD,” used for the Sears edition.

Scope and Content Note

Reprint of J.H. Sears edition.

Note

[See Dust Jacket Designs (Box 2, folder 21)]
Box 20

4) Dead end street. No outlet. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1936.

Box 20

5) Dead men's shoes. New York: J.H. Sears, c.1929.

Physical Description: Title page design, signed “DD,” repeats dust jacket design.

Note

[See Dust Jacket Designs (Box 2, folder 21)]
Box 20

6) Dead on arrival. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1960.

Physical Description: With dust jacket not by Lee Thayer, unsigned.

Scope and Content Note

Presentation copy to Alice and John Espey.
Box 21

7) Dead storage. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1935.

Box 21

8) Dusty death. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1966.

Physical Description: With dust jacket not by Lee Thayer, unsigned.
Box 21

9) Evil root. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1949.

Box 21

10) Guilt edged. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1951.

Box 21

11) Hell-gate tides. New York: Sears, c1933.

Physical Description: With dust jacket, unsigned, possibly by Lee Thayer.
Box 21

12) Lightning strikes twice. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1939.

Box 21

13) A man's enemies. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1937.

Box 22

14) Murder is out. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1942.

Box 22

15) Murder on location. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1942.

Physical Description: Design on endpapers signed “LT '42.”
Box 22

16) No holiday for death. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1954.

Physical Description: With dust jacket, unsigned.

Scope and Content Note

Presentation copy to Alice and John Espey.
Box 22

17) Persons unknown. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1941.

Box 22

18) A plain case of murder. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1944.

Physical Description: Endpaper design unsigned, probably by Lee Thayer.
Box 22

19) Poison. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1926.

Physical Description: Cover design unsigned.
Box 23

20) Q.E.D. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1922.

Physical Description: “Frontispiece by the author.”
Box 23

21) Ransom racket. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1938.

Box 23

22) Stark murder. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1939.

Box 23

23) That affair at 'The Cedars'. Garden City, New York and Toronto: Doubleday, Page, 1921.

Physical Description: Frontispiece by Clarence Rowe.
Box 23

24) That strange Sylvester affair. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1938.

Box 23

25) Too long endured. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1950.

Box 23

26) Two ways to die. New York: Dodd, Mead, c1959.

Box 23

27) Carroll, Alice Lee [i.e., Emma Redington (Lee) Thayer] The Capper cousins at the fair. III. by Phyllis Britcher. New York: Sears, c1930.

Box 23

28) Doctor S.O.S. New York: A.L. Burt Company [c1925].

Note

Published by arrangement with Doubleday, Page and Company.
 

Bindings

Box 24

29) Madison, Janet. Sweethearts always. Poems of love. Selected by Janet Madison. Illustrated by Putnam Hall. Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1906.

Physical Description: Light green, yellow, and gold on dark green.

Scope and Content Note

Dummy.

Note

[Addition, 21 May 1979]
Box 24

30) Tarkington, Booth. Cherry. London: Harper, 1903.

Physical Description: Yellowish white and gold on red.

Note

[Addition, 21 May 1979]
Box 24

31) Tomlinson, Everett T. The Campfire of Mad Anthony. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907.

Physical Description: Light bluish green, orangish yellow, and reddish brown on dark blue.

Note

[Addition, 21 May 1979]
Box 24

32) Cover design [for] The Century Magazine (vol.74, no.1), May 1907.

Note

[Addition, 21 May 1979]
Box 24

33) Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. Friar Jerome's beautiful book. [Boston and New York, Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, 1896].

Physical Description: Tan and dark brown binding with grey dustjacket and green ties. Decorations by W.S. Hadaway.

Note

[Addition, 21 May 1979]
Box 24

34) Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. Friar Jerome's beautiful book. [Boston and New York, Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin and Company, The Riverside Press, 1896].

Physical Description: Red and gold binding. Lacking ties. Large paper edition.

Scope and Content Note

no.97 of 250 copies.

Note

[Addition, 21 May 1979]
Box 24

35) Kellogg, Alice M. New Year and midwinter exercises. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, 1907 (c1895).

Physical Description: Signed with the DD monogram.
Box 24

36) Kellogg, Amos M. Practical declamations. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1925 (c1903).

Physical Description: Signed.

Note

[Addition, 21 December 1981]
Box 24

37) Kellogg, Amos M. Practical dialogues. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1927 (c1903, c1908).

Physical Description: Unsigned.

Note

[Addition, 21 December 1981]
Box 24

38) Griffith, B.L.C. School and parlor comedies. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1927.

Physical Description: Signed.

Note

[Addition, 21 December 1981]
Box 24

39) Kellogg, Amos M. Practical recitations. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1925 9c1903).

Physical Description: Signed.

Note

[Addition, 21 December 1981]
Box 24

40) Shoemaker, Mrs. J.W. Classic dialogues and dramas. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1923 (c.1916).

Note

[Addition, 21 December 1981]
Box 24

41) Kellogg, Amos M. Primary speaker. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1924 (c.1903).

Note

[Addition, 21 December 1981]
Box 24

42) O'Higgins, Harvey J. Don-a-dreams. New York: The Century Company, 1906.

Note

[Addition, December 1984]
Box 25

43) Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Our Old Home, with an introduction by Katherine Lee Bates. New York: T.Y. Crowell, 1906.

Physical Description: Designed by Lee Thayer.

Note

[Addition, December 1984]
Box 25

44) Bennett, Arnold. From the Log of the Velsa. New York: The Century Company, 1914.

Note

[Addition, December 1984]
Box 25

45) Wright, Mabel (Osgood), 1859-1934. The Garden of a Commuter's Wife. New York/London: Macmillan, 1905.

Physical Description: (354pp. Paperback. Signed Decorative Designers cover)

Note

[Addition, December 1984]