Special Collections Department
E. E. Thoyts
Old Paper Watermarks
Manuscript Collection Number: 360
Accessioned: Purchase, March 1998.
Extent: 1 vol. and 14 items
Content: Manuscript notebook, notes, sketches, letters.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: March 1998, by Shanon Lawson.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
"Old Paper Watermarks" includes an introductory five pages of notes and numerous sketches of watermarks. Thoyts wrote "Finding no work on old paper exists, I set to work to collect the watermarks, beginning with those on the old family papers now at Worthenbury Rectory"; she also noted on the front endpaper "... a good series of old marks would be valuable to an antiquary." Grouping her sketches by image (unicorns, bulls, grapes, etc.), Thoyts copied watermarks which dated from 1464, but the majority of those depicted are from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There is a partial "index of names" near the end of the book, as well as four additional items of notes and a sketch tipped into the volume. In addition, the collection contains letters and notes about watermarks which were previously laid in the notebook. These include nine autograph letters, all written to Thoyts in 1894, most of them responding to her requests in "Notes and Queries" (in the London Times?) for information about old paper mills. There is also a manuscript booklet titled "Fac Similes of the Watermarks of the Paper of the MSS Volumes in the Library of the N.Y. Historical Society, purporting to be the Journal of Long, Little, etc, Parliaments," which contains two pages of notes and ten sketches.
Other Collections Containing Material Related To Watermarks:Ms 339 Thomas Gravell Watermark Collection
F1 "Old Paper Watermarks," E.E. Thoyts, 1894 1 vol.; index; 4 items tipped in F2 Letters to Thoyts, 1894 9 items F3 Notes, n.d. 4 items F3 "Fac Similes of the Watermarks of the Paper of the M.S.S. Volumes in the Library of the N.Y. Historical Society, purporting to be the Journal of Long, Little, etc, Parliaments" holograph manuscript with sketches of watermarks
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