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Roth (Elizabeth) Research Papers on Festivals
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Series I. Notebooks on festival books, 1957-2006

Physical Description: 6.27 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series I comprises draft entries for a bibliography of festival books, assembled in notebooks dedicated to France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and other countries. In these notebooks, Roth compares copies of festival books held in institutional and private collections, and by book dealers. Bibliographic differences are noted, such as paginations, illustrations, dedications, editions and printings. The sections on Germany and Italy also include catalog entries for festival books in the Spencer Collection at the NYPL.
Festival books in other countries are also surveyed, although in less depth: Austria (1723-1880), Belgium (1853-1856), Canada (1810), Denmark (1588-1749), England (1493-1937), Mexico (1760-1849), Norway (undated), Peru (1619), Poland (1669), Portugal (1582-1862), Russia (1742-1899), Spain (1513-1917), Sweden (1663-1845), and United States (1825-1913).


The series is arranged alphabetically by country and then in chronological order within each country. As per Roth's arrangement, festivals in Brussels and Antwerp held prior to the creation of Belgium (1830) are filed under the Netherlands, whereas festivals held in these cities after 1830 are filed under Belgium. Several countries, such as Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, were grouped together by Roth, and these groupings are filed according to their original order in the archive. Correspondence in these notebooks has been left in situ. For further correspondence, see Series III.
box 1

Austria, Belgium

box 1

Canada, Peru, United States

box 1

Denmark, Sweden, Norway

box 2




box 3-4


box 5-7


box 8-9




box 10

NYPL Spencer Collection, 1485-1958

box 11-12


box 13


box 14-15


box 16




box 17

NYPL Spencer Collection, 1591-1835

box 17-18


box 19-20


box 21-22


box 23-24




box 25-26


box 27-28


box 29

Russia, Poland

box 30

Spain, Portugal, Mexico


Series II. Other research materials, 1956-2005

Physical Description: 0.69 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series II includes bibliographies, card catalogs, clippings from auction and dealers' catalogs, bibliographic references, Roth's annotated personal notebook and notecards, and articles and conference papers by other scholars.
The bibliographies are primarily of French and Italian festival books. Also present are bibliographies related to festival books from the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, and other countries. There is also a bound photocopy of the Katalog der Lipperheideschen Kostümbibliothek (pages 635 through 720), annotated by Roth.


Filed by type of research materials.


box 31, folder 1


box 31, folder 2


box 31, folder 3


box 31, folder 4


box 31, folder 5

Spain, Portugal

box 31, folder 6-7

Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin


Auction catalog clippings and book dealers' holdings

box 31, folder 8

E.P. Goldschmidt and Company, London, Catalog 171

box 31, folder 9

Leona Rostenberg, New York

box 31, folder 10

Lucien Goldschmidt and Company, New York, Catalog 57

box 31, folder 11

Marlborough Rare Books Limited, London

box 31, folder 12-13

Personal notebook

Scope and Content Note

Annotated with notes on festivals, festival books, monarchies, conferences, artists, and references.
box 32, folder 1-3


box 32, folder 4

Conference papers

box 32, folder 5-6


box 32, folder 7-8

Newspaper and magazine clippings

box 32, folder 9-11


Scope and Content Note

Includes notes and photocopies on German script and black letter, paper definitions, measurement conversions, and a chart of the papal coat of arms.

Series III. Correspondence, 1981-2006

Physical Description: 0.14 Linear Feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

Series III contains correspondence of both a personal and official nature. While most of the correspondence from the archive can be found in Box 32, the correspondence in the notebooks was left in situ. For the correspondence related to festival prints by Herrera, which in fact comprises letters between Janet Byrne, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Eleanor M. Garvey, Houghton Library, see Series I, under Spain (Box 30).


Arrangement is alphabetical.
box 32, folder 12

Antonucci, Emil

box 32, folder 13

The Bookpress Ltd.

box 32, folder 14

Bowles, Edmund A.

box 32, folder 15

C.G. Boerner

box 32, folder 16


box 32, folder 17

Hoffman, Léon-François

box 32, folder 18

[Le Corbeiller], Clare

box 32, folder 19

Reed, Marcia

box 32, folder 20

Waddell, Roberta

box 32, folder 21