Finding Aid for the Albert Boni Collection of Material about Photography, ca. 1840-1983

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Finding Aid for the Albert Boni Collection of Material about Photography, ca. 1840-1983

Collection number: 1046

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
K. Lopaty, May 1975
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, February 2004
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Albert Boni Collection of Material about Photography,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1840-1983
Collection number: 1046
Creator: Boni, Albert, 1892-
Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Albert Boni (1892-1981) originated the idea of a very small format for abridged classics called “The Little Leather Library,” which were sold through Woolworth's (1914). He sold the book shop in 1917 and joined Horace Liveright to form the Boni-Liveright Publishing Company, which introduced the “Modern Library of the World's Best Classics”. In 1923, he and his brother founded a firm which introduced “Boni Paper Books” and sold them by mail-order subscription; the firm also published such controversial and influential writers as Marcel Proust, Colette, D.H. Lawrence, and Upton Sinclair. The collection consists of pamphlets, journal articles, bibliographies, catalogs, a scrapbook, notebooks, ephemera, photostats, photographs, and negatives relating to photography. Includes materials about technical processes and Boni's compilation, A guide to the literature of photography and related subjects.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Albert Boni, 1965-1974.
Gift of William F. Boni, 1983.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert Boni Collection of Material about Photography (Collection 1046). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Boni was born in 1892 in New York City; attended Harvard University; in 1912, with his brother Charles, he established the Washington Square Book Shop, a gathering place for Bohemian intellectuals; about 1914 originated the idea of a very small format for abridged classics called “The Little Leather Library,” which were sold through Woolworth's; sold the book shop in 1917 and joined Horace Liveright to form the Boni-Liveright Publishing Company, which introduced the “Modern Library of the World's Best Classics”; in 1923 he and his brother founded a firm which introduced “Boni Paper Books” and sold them by mail-order subscription; the firm also published such controversial and influential writers as Marcel Proust, Colette, D.H. Lawrence, and Upton Sinclair; the firm finally failed with the depression, and Boni later created the Readex Microprint Corporation; he died on July 13, 1981 in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of pamphlets, journal articles, bibliographies, catalogs, a scrapbook, notebooks, ephemera, photostats, photographs, and negatives relating to photography. Includes materials about technical processes and Boni's compilation, A guide to the literature of photography and related subjects. Also includes photographs relating to Louis Daguerre, Claude Niépce de Saint-Victor, and William Henry Fox Talbot.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Boni, Albert, 1892- --Archives.
Publishers and publishing--United States--Archival resources.
Photography--Archival resources.

Related Material

Albert and Charles Boni, Incorporated Records (Collection 1462)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

Box 1

Pamphlets re photography and the chemisty of photography.

Physical Description: (5 folders).

Scope and Content Note

English and foreign language publications.
Box 2, Folder 1

Pamphlets re photography and the chemistry of photography.

Scope and Content Note

English and foreign language publications.
Box 2, Folder 2

Pamphlets re color-photography.

Box 2, Folder 3

Pamphlets re x-rays.

Box 2, Folder 4

Pamphlets re moving-pictures.

Box 2, Folder 5

Pamphlets concerning microfilm and photostats.

Box 2, Folder 6

Miscellaneous catalogs concerning photography and photographic equipment (Dealers').

Box 3, Folder 1

A guide to the literature of photography and related subjects. Compiled by Albert Boni. New York: Morgan & Lester, 1944.

Creator/Collector: Boni, Albert
Physical Description: 2 copies. (Supplement no.18 for Photo-Lab-Index)
Box 3, Folder 2

Pyroxylin photographic and cinematograph films - patents.

Box 3, Folder 3

Pyroxylin photographic and cinematograph films - bibliography.

Box 3, Folder 4

Holograph letter to John A. Tennant.

Creator/Collector: Brown, George Edward

Scope and Content Note

re an article for Photo-Miniature, Who Discovered Photography, together with photographs used to illustrate the article.
Included are photographs relating to Daguerre, Niépce, and Fox-Talbot. Subject entries for these names are in the catalog.
Box 3, Folder 5

Photostats re a Mathew Brade carte-de-visite.

Box 3, Folder 6

Photomechanical processes - bilbiolography of Library of Congress holdings.

Box 3, Folder 7

Miscellaneous bibliographies concerning photography.

Physical Description: (2 folders).
Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence.

Box 3, Folder 9

Unidentified negatives.

Box 3, Folder 10

Miscellaneous photographs.

Box 4, Folder 1

The Atlantic. December 1957.

Box 4, Folder 2

Articles re photography.

Physical Description: Photocopies.
Box 4, Folder 3

Journal articles re photography.

Box 4, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings re photography and photographers.

Box 4, Folder 5

Magazine clippings - chiefly various examples of photography.

Box 4, Folder 6

Miscellaneous ephemera.

Box 4, Folder 7

Daedalus, journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Winter 1960.

Box 5, Folder 1

Aperture (vol.2 no.3-vol.12 no.4) 1953-1965.

Physical Description: 12 issues (2 folders).
Box 5, Folder 2

Bibliographies concerning photography. Foreign language publications.

Box 5, Folder 3

Museum of Modern Art, New York. A report on the Film Library, 1941-1956 (vol.24, no.1) Fall 1956.

Box 5, Folder 4

Pamphlet on J.S. Mertle's photomechanic collection.

Box 5, Folder 5

Miscellaneous pamphlets on photographic exhibits.

Box 5, Folder 6

Pamphlet on photographic spectrum of comet.

Box 5, Folder 7

List of books and articles by C.E.K. Mees.

Box 6

Miscellaneous ephemera, camera catalogs, catalogs of photographers supplies and sundries.

Note

Gift of William Boni, 1983.
Box 7

Miscellaneous.

Box 8

Prints on photography.

Box 8

Microphotography.

Box 8

Literature of invention.

Box 8

Scrapbook with photos.

Box 9

Scrapbook - photographers.

Physical Description: (2 scrapbooks).
Box 9

Subject indexes.

Box 9

Photographers / photographic history.

Box 10

Photomechanical process.

Box 10

Diazotype - Ozalid. 1927.

Box 10

Photography books sold.

Box 10

Photographers / History of photography.

Box 10

Aerial photography.

Box 10

Tennant notebook.

Physical Description: (2 notebooks).
Box 11

“Persons.”

Box 11

Physical development.

Box 11

“Collotype.”

Box 11

Reprints, bibliographies.

Box 11

Beaumont Newhall checklist.

Box 11

Ephemera.

Boxes 12, 13, 14

Printed material - ephemera, catalogs, articles, technical pamphlets.