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Finding Aid to Bookplate Collection MS.517
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  • Title: Bookplate Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.517
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1930-1979


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Braun Research Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred citation

    Bookplate Collection, 1930-1979, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.517; [folder number] [folder title][date].


    The collection is arranged in three series, Series I. Charles Fletcher Lummis bookplates, Series II. Southwest Museum bookplates and stamp samples, and Series III. Miscellaneous Bookplates. The items are arranged alphabetically by name or organization printed on the plate or by material type.

    Scope and contents

    The collection consists of 82 bookplates that vary in styles and colors. There are bookplates for the Southwest Museum’s Library collections (which became the Braun Research Library in 1979); Charles Fletcher Lummis’ personal bookplates; and various personal and organizational bookplates. Also included are original printing plates, notes, and images. A majority of the collection consists of bookplates, however there are 2 sheets stamped with various Southwest Museum and library collections labels.
    It is presumed that the collection was started around the 1930s, based on Hodge correspondence held in MS.3 Southwest Museum Institutional Archives. The latest date recorded is based on the Braun Research Library bookplate, which was printed no sooner than 1979. However, this collection is open and can be added to.

    Processing history

    Creation of original inventory is unknown, probably done by museum or library staff. Revised by Liza Posas, 2007. Additional processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Braun Research Library.
    Fenyes, Eva Scott, d. 1930
    James, George Wharton, 1858-1923
    Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.
    Munk, J. A. (Joseph Amasa), 1847-1927
    Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Book collecting