University of Delaware Library

Creator unknown.

Scrapbook of turn-of-the-twentieth century portraits of world leaders and international celebrities

circa 1885-1920

(bulk dates 1890-1910)


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 0093, Item 0053


Creator: Creator unknown.


Title: Scrapbook of turn-of-the-twentieth century portraits of world leaders and international celebrities


Inclusive Dates: circa 1885-1920


Bulk Dates: 1890-1910


Extent: 1 v. (202 p.) ; 49 cm.


Abstract: This scrapbook, compiled by an unknown creator, is a collection of turn-of-the-twentieth century portraits of world leaders and international celebrities. From royalty to military and diplomatic leaders to men and women of science, arts, and letters to personalities of the stage and silent screen, the news clippings, engravings, and cut illustrations from popular reading sources found in this scrapbook present a glimpse of fame documented in another era.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 093, Item 053, Scrapbook of turn-of-the-twentieth century portraits of world leaders and international celebrities, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 053: Shelved in SPEC MSS 093 folio+

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 anonymous, August 2013.

Processing

Processed by L. R. Johnson Melvin, October 2013. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, October 2013.


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

The creator of this scrapbook is unknown, though the scrapbook may be American in origin.

The presence of a section of portraits of past presidents of the National Editorial Association suggests that this scrapbook may have been a sort of biographical reference source created by someone in the business of newspaper publishing. The National Editorial Association (now the National Newspaper Association) was founded in 1885 in New Orleans as a non-profit trade association to promote the common interests of newspapers.

Sources:

Biographical information derived from the collection.

"About the National Newspaper Association." National Newspaper Association website. http://nnaweb.org/about-nna (accessed October 2013).


Scope and Content Note

This scrapbook, compiled by an unknown creator, is a collection of turn-of-the-twentieth century portraits of world leaders and international celebrities. From royalty to military and diplomatic leaders to men and women of science, arts, and letters to personalities of the stage and silent screen, the news clippings, engravings, and cut illustrations from popular reading sources found in this scrapbook present a glimpse of fame documented in another era.

This scrapbook of portraits is organized in eleven categories that, though not labeled, are apparent by content. The scrapbook seems to have been filled over time: some sections have space yet to be filled and other sections include tipped-in overlapping portraits because the entire section has been filled completely. The oversize volume is 49 cm with embossed and patterned paper board covers. The quarter leather corners and spine are worn away, and the sewing of the signatures is broken so that all signatures are now unsewn. There are 202 numbered pages in the volume.

There are very few color images in this scrapbook; nearly all are black-and-white portraits clipped from newspapers or illustrated periodicals on better quality paper. There are some engravings from better publications, at least one original graphite sketch, and a few images from collectible cigarette cards. The source material appears to be international in origin. One folder includes two removals: Royal Wedding Supplement to the St. James Budget (July 24, 1896) with a cover image of Princess Maud in her wedding dress, and "Royalty on the Firing Line," an article by Winthrop Biddle torn from Munsey's Magazine (November 1914).

The eleven sections of the scrapbook are the following: royalty (p. 1); world leaders and statesmen (p. 21); American presidents and statesmen (p. 35); world military figures (p. 57); worldwide men and women of letters (playwrights, authors, poets, etc., p. 90); men and women of science (inventors, explorers, etc., p. 127); past presidents of the National Editorial Association (p. 135); artists (p. 137); composers, musicians, and opera stars (p. 153); celebrities of the stage (actors, actresses, stage beauties, p. 165); philanthropists and benefactors (with crusaders, reformers, and financiers, p. 199).

There are literally hundreds of portraits of worldwide celebrities in this scrapbook, most of whom are contemporary to the period between 1885-1920 when this volume was created. There are a few historical images, especially of classical artists, composers, and scientists. The scrapbook as a whole presents an interesting study of fame, celebrity, and the timeless attraction of biographical profiles in print media


Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
National Editorial Association.
Topical Terms
Fame.
Kings and rulers--19th century--Portraits.
Kings and rulers--20th century--Portraits.
Heads of state--19th century--Portraits.
Heads of state--20th century--Portraits.
Soldiers--19th century--Portraits.
Soldiers--20th century--Portraits.
Scientists--19th century--Portraits.
Scientists--20th century--Portraits.
Artists--19th century--Portraits.
Artists--20th century--Portraits.
Musicians--19th century--Portraits.
Musicians--20th century--Portraits.
Composers--19th century--Portraits.
Composers--20th century--Portraits.
Actors--19th century--Portraits.
Actors--20th century--Portraits.
Actresses--19th century--Portraits.
Actresses--20th century--Portraits.
Philanthropists--19th century--Portraits.
Philanthropists--20th century--Portraits.
Form/Genre Terms
Scrapbooks--19th century.
Scrapbooks--20th century.
Portraits.
Clippings (information artifacts)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 093 Commonplaces, Albums, and Scrapbooks collection.


Detailed Contents List

Scrapbook of turn-of-the-twentieth century portraits of world leaders and international celebrities, circa 1885-1920   [Item 0053]

1 vol.