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Louis Prang papers, 1848-1932

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 5 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1852-1906
8 Folders
Box 1-2, OV 5

Biographical materials include a copy of a Prussian arrest warrant for Prang when he was involved in revolutionary activities in Europe, a passport, a receipt for household purchases, patent certificates for improvements in printing silks and other fabrics and for improvements in envelopes for rolled prints, certificates of membership in various historical and educational organizations, acknowledgment certificates for gifts to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and to the Smithsonian Institution, and a photocopy of a typescript of an 1873 letter from John Greenleaf Whittier calling Prang's attention to an attempted imitation of his chromolithograph of Eastman Johnson's illustration of Whittier's poem The Barefoot Boy.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Photocopy of 1848 Prussian Arrest Warrant for Louis Prang, undated
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1
Receipt for Household Purchases, 1852
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2
Patent Certificates, 1871-1880
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3
Membership Certificates, 1884-1906
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4
Gift Acknowledgment Certificates, 1887-1889
1
5
Photocopy of Letter from John Greenleaf Whittier, 1873
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6
Oversized Membership Certificate and Passport, 1884, 1903
2
1
Oversized Membership Certificate, 1893
OV 5
1

Series 2: Writings , 1880-1898
5 Folders
Box 1

Writings are primarily typescripts of lectures by Prang, a typescript by the donor, E. Wrightson Christopher, and a page concerning a card design competition by Clarence Cook.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Typescript of Lecture at the Boston Women's Club by Louis Prang, 1897
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7
Typescript of Lecture at the Grolier Club by Louis Prang, 1897
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8
Typescript of Lecture "Women's Suffrage and Imperialism," Presented at the Roxbury Women's Suffrage Club by Louis Prang, 1898
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9
Typescript "Lithographic Process Used by Louis Prang" by E. Wrightson Christopher, circa 1853-1927
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10
Hand-written Page Concerning a Card Design Competition by Clarence Cook, 1880
1
11

Series 3: Art Work , circa 1848
1 Folder
Box 2

Art work consists of a pencil drawing by Prang of a female head wearing a French Revolution liberty cap.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Oversized Drawing by Louis Prang, circa 1848
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2

Series 4: Printed Material , 1873-1889
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1-4

Printed material consists of catalogs for Easter and Valentine cards, a book of color separation proofs for an image of a ceramic vase, and a sales book containing loose pages displaying samples of chromolithographed greeting cards and reproductions of art work offered by L. Prang and Company.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Catalog of Easter Cards; Catalog of Valentine Cards, 1885-1889
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12
Oversized Book of Color Separation Proofs for Image of a Ceramic Vase, circa 1853-1927
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3
Oversized Sales Book of Samples, Part 1 of 2, 1873-1888
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1-4
Oversized Sales Book of Samples, Part 2 of 2, 1873-1888
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1-4

Series 5: Photographs , 1874-1932
8 Folders
Box 1-2, OV 5

Photographs are of Prang, family members, his residence, events, and colleagues. the Prang Mutual Aid Society Picnic, the L. Prang and Company building, Prang with his colleagues including son-in-law Karl F. Heinzen, and a portrait painting of Prang.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Photographs of Louis Prang and Family Members, circa 1853-1927
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13
Photographs of Prang's Residence, 1874-1932
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14
Photographs of the Prang Mutual Aid Society Picnic, 1886-1896
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15-16
Photographs of the L. Prang and Company Building, circa 1853-1927
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Photograph of Portrait Painting of Louis Prang, circa 1853-1927
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Oversized Photographs of Louis Prang and Family Members Outside Their Residence, circa 1853-1927
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4
Oversized Photograph of Louis Prang and Colleagues, 1897
OV 5
2

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.