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Hoffecker, Carol E., collector.

Carol Hoffecker Delaware bookplate collection

1891, circa 1920-1940


Descriptive Summary

Identification: GRA 098, Item 001


Creator: Hoffecker, Carol E., collector.


Title: Carol Hoffecker Delaware bookplate collection


Inclusive Dates: 1891, circa 1920-1940


Extent: 77 items


Abstract: The Carol Hoffecker Delaware bookplate collection comprises 76 bookplates belonging to prominent early twentieth-century Delawareans and regional organizations. Individuals represented include statesmen, businessmen, and members of distinguished families, such as the du Pont and Warner families.


Language: Materials predominantly inEnglish with materials in Latin indicated at the file level.



Citation

GRA 098, Item 001, Carol Hoffecker Delaware bookplate collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 1, Item 001: Shelved in SPEC GRA 098 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Carol E. Hoffecker, July 2012.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Elyse Brown, October 2012.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Biographical Note

Native Delawarean and Richards Professor Emerita of History Dr. Carol E. Hoffecker is a Delaware historian and author of numerous books chronicling Delaware's history, such asCorporate Capital: Wilmington in the Twentieth Century (1983), Delaware: The First State (Revised Edition, 1998), Honest John Williams (2000), and Democracy in Delaware: The Story of the First State's General Assembly (2004). Hoffecker earned her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Delaware and her PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Hoffecker spent three decades as a member of the University of Delaware's history faculty, retiring in 2003. In 1999, she was named Delaware Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She has also served as editor of Delaware History magazine and has been an exhibit curator and consultant to the Historical Society of Delaware, the Delaware Public Archives, and the Rockwood Museum.

Sources:

Delaware Division of Libraries: LibGuides. "Books by Dr. Carol Hoffecker." http://guides.lib.de.us/content.php?pid=114196&sid=2318212 (accessed October 4, 2012).

University of Delaware. "Carol E. Hoffecker: Doctor of Humanities" (PDF file). Downloaded from the University of Delaware website. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2009/may/images/HoffeckerCitation.pdf (accessed October 4, 2012).


Scope and Content Note

The Carol Hoffecker Delaware bookplate collection comprises 71 bookplates belonging to prominent early twentieth-century Delawareans and regional organizations. Individuals represented include statesmen, businessmen, and members of distinguished families, such as the du Pont and Warner families.

The collection includes the bookplates of 19 different individuals and organizations. These include individuals such as du Pont heiress and University of Delaware benefactor Amy E. duPont (1880-1962), prominent businessmen such as Frank Gifford Tallman (1860-1938), Lewis Rumford II (1905-1997), and Norris Wright (born 1886), as well as State Representative and House Speaker Frank R. Zebley (1883-1960). The bookplates vary in style and bear depictions of classical, pastoral, and maritime images, as well as personal caricatures and photographic portraits. Artists represented in the collection include Charles S. Chapman (1879-1962) and caricaturist and cartoonist Gee Tee Maxwell (1889-1965). The collection contains duplicates of many of the bookplates.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Bush, Charles W., 1863-1963.
Conrad, Henry C. (Henry Clay), b. 1852.
duPont, Amy E.
Tallman, Frank G. (Frank Gifford), 1860-1938.
Zebley, Frank R.
Corporate Names
Historical Society of Delaware.
Topical Terms
Art in bookplates.
Bookplates.
Bookplates, American.
Geographic Names
Wilmington (Del.)--History--20th century.
Delaware--History--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Bookplates.
Occupation
Collectors.
Personal Contributors
Chapman, Charles Shepard, 1879-1962.
Maxwell, Gee Tee.

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GRA 115, William Augustus Brewer bookplate collection


Detailed Contents List

Armstrong, Alfred Warner, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

It is unclear which "Alfred Warner Armstrong" was the owner of the bookplate: Alfred Warner Armstrong I (1861-1910) was an 1882 graduate of Yale University and a dynamic and marine engineer. Alfred Warner Armstrong II was born in 1894, and Alfred Warner Armstrong III (1927-2009) was a history and book lover who was active in politics.

Depicted is Armstrong family crest.

Bush, Charles Whiteley, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

Charles Whiteley Bush (1883-1963) was Delaware's first Rhodes scholar. He attended Oxford University (1904-1907) and was a school administrator in Wilmington, Delaware.

Capelle, George S., Jr., undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

Son of George S. Capelle Sr. (1835-1929) who was chairman of the board of the Wilmington Trust Company.

Artwork on the bookplate is signed "Amy Otis."

Conrad, Henry C., undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

Henry C. Conrad (b. 1852) was a prominent Wilmington, Delaware, lawyer. He was the author of History of the State of Delaware (1908) and other Delaware historical texts.

Artwork on the bookplate is signed "D. A. Royer."

du Pont, Amy E., undated   [Box 1 F1]

19 items

Amy E. du Pont (1880-1962) was a member of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees' Advisory Committee on the Women's College (1939-1944) and founder of the Unidel Foundation.

Garesché, Mimi H., undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

Mimi H. Garesché was the author of History of the Bauduy de Bellevue Genealogy (1960).

Historical Society of Delaware bookplate, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

Depicted is the seal of the Historical Society of Delaware.

Laird, Philip Dandridge, undated   [Box 1 F1]

4 items

Philip Dandridge Laird (1888-1947) was a banker and broker, founder of Laird and Company in Wilmington, Delaware.

Mudge, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

There is no first name on the bookplate. It is possibly the bookplate/family bookplate of Claire Ruskin Mudge (1879-1959), a Wilmington, Delaware, lawyer who worked for the DuPont company.

Pennsylvania Seamen's Friend Society bookplate, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

This social welfare society for seamen was established in the nineteenth century.

Rumford, Elizabeth C., undated   [Box 1 F1]

4 items

Elizabeth C. Rumford was born in 1848 and died after 1930. She lived in Wilmington, Delaware.

Contains two style variants.

Rumford, Lewis, II, undated   [Box 1 F1]

13 items

Lewis Rumford II (1905-1997), grandson of Elizabeth C. Rumford, was the president of Standard Lime and Cement Company in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also a patron of the arts and trustee of the Friends of Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware.

Tallman, Frank Gifford, undated   [Box 1 F1]

2 items

Frank Gifford Tallman Sr. (1860-1938) served as vice president of the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a philanthropist and collector of Lincolniana, whose collection formed the core of holdings of the Lincoln Club of Delaware.

Contains two style variants. Artwork on one of the bookplates is signed "A. D. W. 1932."

Taylor, Herman C., undated   [Box 1 F1]

4 items

Herman C. Taylor served in the Delaware General Assembly as a state representative (1907-1909) and as a member of the Wilmington, Delaware, city council (1909) .

One bookplate features a photograph of Taylor, the other a nautical engraving with a stamp featuring the same photograph of Taylor pasted above his name.

Warner, Charles and Ethel, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

Charles Warner (b. 1877) was Delaware Republican state chairman in 1920 and state committee treasurer in 1924. In 1944 he became chairman of the Charles Warner Company, headquartered in Philadelphia.

Family motto written in Latin. Artwork on the bookplate is signed "Charles S. Chapman."

Wright, Fleta and Norris, 1925   [Box 1 F1]

4 items

Norris Wright (b. 1886) was part owner of the Continental Diamond Fibre Company in Newark, Delaware, and director of the Newark Trust Company.

Depicted is possibly "Granite Mansion" in Newark, Delaware, which Norris Wright owned and renovated in 1924. The artwork is signed by artist Walter J. Willoughby (b. 1888) and was drawn in 1925.

Zebley, Frank R., 1938   [Box 1 F1]

17 items

Frank R. Zebley (1883-1960) was a Wilmington, Delaware, mechanical engineer and politician. He served as Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives from 1938-1940. He also wrote several books about his experiences traveling around Delaware in his leisure time.

Depicted is a caricature of Zebley in 1938 drawn by cartoonist George T. "Gee Tee" Maxwell (1889-1965).

Envelope of Frank R. Zebley, undated   [Box 1 F1]

1 item