Chicago History Museum's bookplate collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1700–1930, bulk 1800s
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

393 bookplates, primarily personal paper bookplates with engraved designs of family crests, coats-of-arms, escutcheons, or decorations relating to reading and the pursuit of knowledge. Specialty bookplates include a few designed by Chicago artist Ralph Fletcher Seymour.

Biographical Historical Note

Ralph Fletcher Seymour was an American artist, author, and publisher who painted and produced etchings, woodcuts and block prints; he was also a noted designer of bookplates.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Ralph Fletcher Seymour collection, and Bookplate Collection, Lake Forest College.