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The Society of Bibliophiles Records

1966-2002

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Abstract

From its formation in 1966 in Albany, New York, the Society of Bibliophiles aimed to encourage and foster a love of books along with an appreciation for the art of bookmaking. The Society of Bibliophiles arranged trips to various lectures and exhibits both within and outside of the Albany area, and arranged meetings and events at which books were the central focus. The collection consists of records produced between 1966 and 2002, and includes newsletters and announcements, organizational documents, materials from various sites visited and events, information about booksellers and bookbinders, as well as a number of other general administrative documents.

Summary

Creator:
The Society of Bibliophiles (Albany, N.Y.)
Date Coverage:
1966-2002
Quantity:
1.8 cubic ft. (about 1.8 boxes)

The first meeting of the Society of Bibliophiles of Albany, NY was held on September 27, 1966, at which time the group adopted its name, elected a steering committee, and planned for future meetings and events. As chief organizers of this meeting, Walter A. Frankel and David L. Mitchell continued to head the society into the early 1970s, at which point Harriet Dyer Adams officially assumed the position of president until 1976. A formal constitution was established during the mid-1970s, describing procedures for electing officers and holding meetings, which were subsequently used in nominating Wayne Somers as the society’s next president in 1977. The Society of Bibliophiles arranged and attended meetings and lectures pertaining to book collecting, papermaking, book binding, as well as various authors and books. The group also began its annual tradition of a year-end Wayzegoose party in 1970, at which members gather for dinner and discussion of books.

Presidents of the society and the approximate dates of their terms are as follows: Harriet Dyer Adams (1970-1976), Wayne Somers (1977-1980), Sydney Ross (1981-1982), Arnold Elkind (1983-1984), Bruce Northrup (1985-1987), Ellen Fladger (1988-1991), Christine Bain (1992, 1994-2001), and Michael Aikey (1993).

The records of the Society of Bibliophiles of Albany, NY document the group’s activities from 1966-2002 (please note that these dates are non-inclusive). These activities, which reflect the society’s commitment to furthering the interests of book lovers (as noted in its constitution), include meetings, talks and lectures, trips to exhibits and bookstores/auctions, as well as tours of libraries and other book-related facilities.

The Society of Bibliophiles collection is divided into two series: Administrative and Subject Folders. The Administrative series contains general administrative documents generated and accumulated by the society during its regular activities. This series contains a file containing records for every year from 1966 to 1991, as well as for 2001-2002. Reflecting a change in the society’s recordkeeping processes, the Subject Folder series consists of folders referring to specific processes or types of records, including announcements, member materials, newsletters, and clippings. This series contain records dating from 1967 to 2002, although the bulk of the material falls between 1991 and 2000.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 is arranged chronologically while Series 2 is arranged alphabetically.

Lorre Smith (secretary) of the Society of Bibliophiles donated all items in the collection to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives in 2004.

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Published: 2018-03-06 02:54:02 -0500

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The Society of Bibliophiles Records, 1966-2002. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Society of Bibliophiles Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.75 cubic ft. (about 0.75 boxes)

This series is arranged chronologically.

The administrative series contains one folder for each year listed above. This series contains records that reflect the Society of Bibliophiles’ regular activities in the form of meeting announcements, correspondence, information about booksellers and bookbinders, information pertaining to organizing events and trips, and newspaper clippings. This chronological system of arrangement was used by the society from 1966 to 1991, and was adopted again in 2001 and 2002. Note that these dates are non-inclusive, as a number of documents are undated, but were placed into dated folders when they were originally filed.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Administrative1966, Undated

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1 2Administrative1967, Undated

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1 3Administrative1968, Undated

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1 4Administrative1969, Undated

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1 5Administrative1970, Undated

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1 6Administrative1971

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1 7Administrative1972

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1 8Administrative1973, Undated

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1 9Administrative1974, Undated

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1 10Administrative1975, Undated

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1 11Administrative1976, Undated

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1 12Administrative1977, Undated

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1 13Administrative1978, Undated

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1 14Administrative1979, Undated

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1 15Administrative1980, Undated

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1 16Administrative1981, Undated

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1 17Administrative1982, Undated

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1 18Administrative1983, Undated

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1 19Administrative1984, Undated

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1 20Administrative1985, Undated

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1 21Administrative1986, Undated

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1 22Administrative1987, Undated

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1 23Administrative1988, Undated

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1 24Administrative1989

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1 25Administrative1990

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1 26Administrative1991

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1 27Administrative2000-2001, Undated

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1 28Administrative2002, Undated
Quantity: 1.05 cubic ft. (about 1.05 boxes)

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Although this series contains records dating from 1967 to 2002, the bulk of the material in this series occurs between 1991 and 2000. This series contains many of the same types of materials as the administrative series, but is arranged alphabetically by subject, rather than by year. Folders in this series include announcements, member directories, program planning, and bookseller and bookbinder information.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 29Addresses/Address Changes1994, Undated

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1 30Aho, Gary1986, Undated

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1 31Announcements1991

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1 32Announcements1992

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1 33Announcements1993

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1 34Announcements1994

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1 35Announcements1995

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1 36Announcements1996, Undated

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1 37Announcements1997, Undated

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1 38Announcements1998, Undated

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1 39Announcements1999, Undated

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1 40Announcements2000, Undated

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1 41Attendance Lists1992-1993, 1995-1996, Undated

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1 42Awards Catalog and Book Award Lists1993-1994, 1999

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1 43Bank Account Information1987-1988

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1 44Binding SamplesUndated

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1 45Book Agents1993, 1995, Undated

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1 46Book Arts Publications and Practitioners1997-1999, Undated

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1 47Book Auctions, Fairs, and Sales1993, 1995-1996, Undated

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1 48Book Club and Book Dealer Mailings1988-1989, Undated

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1 49Book NotecardsUndated

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2 1Books and Articles about Books and Book Collecting1995, 1997-1999, Undated

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2 2Bookseller and Book Dealer Information1983-1989, Undated

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2 3Booksellers Online1992-1993, Undated

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2 4Bookstores and Book Dealer Information1990-1992, 1995-1996, Undated

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2 5Bylaws/Constitution1985, Undated

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2 6Center for the Book1998

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2 7Computer Programs for Book Inventories1990, Undated

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2 8Cookbooks1996, Undated

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2 9Copying Rates (Office Max)Undated

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2 10Correspondence (General)1992-1993, 1995, 1997-2000, Undated

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2 11Dues Notices1979, 1983, Undated

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2 12Exhibits1994-1995

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2 13History/Founders Information1984, Undated

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2 14Media Contacts, Publicity1994, 1998-2001, Undated

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2 15Meeting Place Information1992-1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, Undated

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2 16Member Interests ListsUndated

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2 17Member Lists1977-1983, 1987, Undated

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2 18Member Lists1993, 1995, 2002, Undated

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2 19Membership Application Forms (Blank)1983, 1987, Undated

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2 20Membership Application Forms (Blank)2000, Undated

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2 21Membership Application Forms (Completed)2000-2001

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2 22Membership Directories1991-1995, 1997-2000, Undated

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3 1Membership Renewal Form and Sample Letter1995

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3 2Mystery Book Information1991, 1994, 1996, Undated

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3 3New Librarians Reception1977, Undated

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3 4News Clippings Used for Newsletters1984-1989, 1991, Undated

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3 5Newsletters2001, Undated

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3 6NotesUndated

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3 7Obituaries1993

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3 8Officers during Bain Presidency1993, Undated

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3 9Poetry1999

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3 10Printing and Graphics1993

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3 11Program Planning1977-1983, Undated

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3 12Questionnaires1993, 1995, Undated

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3 13Reimbursements Due1998-2000, Undated

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3 14Society of Bibliophiles BrochuresUndated

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3 15Speaker and Program Planning Materials1980-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1988, 1990, Undated

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3 16Stationery1972, Undated

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3 17Tax Status InformationUndated

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3 18Treasurer's Ledger1967-1976

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3 19Treasurer's Reports1991-1993, 1995, 1998-1999, Undated

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3 20Undated DocumentsUndated

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3 21Wayzegoose History1970, Undated