Garrett A. Boge collection of inscriptional rubbings
Scope and Content of the Collection
The Boge rubbings collection consists of 343 rubbings from 296 stones inscribed with symbols or texts, primarily in Rome and Florence, which Garrett Boge made between 1991 and 2007.
Initially the rubbings served for his research into historical letterforms and they were used as models for type faces he designed and marketed. As he honed his technique, he moved beyond the original documentary impulse to create art works of considerable beauty which have been exhibited and collected by others. The collection has two general themes: Roman capital letterforms (from Roman Republican through Neoclassical periods) on stones in Rome, Florence and elsewhere; and early Christian symbols (primarily birds) from third- to fifth-century tomb fragments housed in the Vatican epigraphy collection and in churches in Rome.
- Creation: 1991-2007
- Boge, Garrett A. (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Garrett A. Boge collection of inscriptional rubbings is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Garrett A. Boge collection of inscriptional rubbings are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biography of Garrett A. Boge
Kansas City, Seattle, and Rome lettering artist and type designer.
Garrett A. Boge (January 18, 1952- ) held a residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2000-2001. During that period and afterward he forwarded a project to make rubbings of inscriptions that resulted in the present collection. For further biographical information see the Garrett A. Boge Papers, The Newberry Library.
5 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 6 rolls)
343 rubbings of inscriptional stones, chiefly in Florence and Rome, made to exemplify Roman capital letter forms and early Christian symbolism. Mostly art originals, a few photocopies.
Papers are organized in the following series:
- Series 1: Early Christian symbols, 2000-2001
- Boxes 1-2
- Series 2: Roman capital inscriptions, 1991-2007
- Boxes 2-4; Rolls 1-6
- Series 3: Documentary materials, 1991-2007
- Box 5
Collection Stack Location
4 22 11
Gift of Garrett A. Boge, 2014-2015.
Robert Williams and Garrett A. Boge, 2015.
- Santa Croce (Church : Florence, Italy) (Organization)
- Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral : Florence, Italy) (Organization)
- Santa Maria in Trastevere (Church : Rome, Italy) (Organization)
- Santa Maria Novella (Church : Florence, Italy) (Organization)
- Boge, Garrett A. (Person)
- Abbazia di S. Paolo fuori le mura (Rome, Italy) (Organization)
- American Academy in Rome (Organization)
- Biblioteca angelica (Rome, Italy) (Organization)
- Casa Buonarroti (Florence, Italy) (Organization)
- Galleria Lapidaria (Vatican City) (Organization)
- Museo nazionale romano (Organization)
- Musée de la civilisation gallo-romaine (Organization)
- Pantheon (Rome, Italy) (Organization)
- S. Miniato al Monte (Church : Florence, Italy) (Organization)
- San Lorenzo (Church : Florence, Italy) (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Rubbings (visual works)
- Rubbings (visual works) -- Italy -- Florence
- Rubbings (visual works) -- Italy -- Rome
- Inventory of the Garrett A. Boge collection of inscriptional rubbings, 1991-2007
- Robert Williams
- Language of description
- Script of description