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Dard Hunter papers

Identifier: Mss 0034-028

Collection Overview

Papers include ten letters (1923 Jan. 20-1937 Sept. 21, TLS) from Dard Hunter at The Mountain House, Chillicothe, Ohio, to Frank S. Hatch of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, thanking Hatch for his orders and payments for (Hunter's) books, calling his attention to new books being published (by Hunter), and answering Hatch's questions about which books might be available for sale. Hunter also discusses his travel plans and his failing eyesight. One unsigned draft of a letter (1923 Jan. 23, carbon) from Hatch to Hunter states he wishes to receive the forthcoming work "Old Papermaking" which Hunter has reserved for him. Hatch comments that "folks at this office" examined the paper watermarked with Hunter's image and "all agree it is the best piece of watermarking they have ever seen." Collection includes a specimen of Hunter's paper watermarked with Hunter's image and name. Several of Hunter's letters are also written on this stationery. Four receipts (1923-1936) to Hatch from Hunter are for numbered editions of Hunter's books. Three envelopes addressed to Hatch from Hunter appear to be of handmade paper. Three broadsides from Maggs Brothers of London advertise Hunter's books and their prices. (One Hunter letter indicates London price sheets were enclosed with his letter.) Five leaflets (with deckle edges) from Pynson Pinters, New York, advertise various books by Hunter. A clipping reports Hunter was awarded the gold medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.


  • Creation: 1923-1937


Language of Material

Materials in English.

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Author and authority on paper, papermaking, and printing. Dard Hunter was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and resided in Chillicothe, Ohio, and elsewhere. Hunter studied and worked in both the United States and Europe. As a result of his visits to paper mills and papermakers in various countries Hunter produced by hand limited edition books containing original paper specimens from his travel. He also wrote several books of general interest and many articles about paper and related subjects. He was curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum.


1 folder (28 items)

Inventory of the Dard Hunter Papers, 1923-1937
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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