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Letterhead and stationery collection

Identifier: Case Wing folio-NC1002-.L47-L48

Scope and Content of the Collection

This is a growing collection of letterheads and stationery collected by the custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. The bulk of materials were issued between approximately 1910 and approximately 1925.

The collection consists of single sheet letterheads, envelopes, and receipts issued by businesses, hotels, and individuals. Businesses and organizations include hotels, banks, cold storage and refrigeration manufacturers, food manufacturers, shipping companies, newspaper companies, real estate agencies, carriage lamp manufacturers, and libraries. The bulk of materials were issued by hotels or manufacturers. The collection includes letterheads of companies such as Quaker Oats Company, Borden’s, the White Star Line, and Bauer Type Foundry. One letterhead is a proof printed and embossed by Woodbury and Company. Geographic ranges of companies and individuals include Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York City, Washington State, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


  • Creation: approximately 1900-ongoing
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1910 - 1925



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Letterhead and stationery collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Letterhead and stationery collection is 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.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


This is a growing collection of letterheads, envelopes, and stationery sheets. Geographic coverage includes the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The bulk of materials come from Illinois, particularly the Chicago region. Most items were issued between approximately 1900 and approximately 1925.


Materials arranged alphabetically by geographic location.

Collection Stack Location

3a 29


Stationery specimens collected by the custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing.

Processed by

Lindsey O'Brien, 2015.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Services, which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Inventory of the Letterhead and stationery collection, approximately 1900-ongoing, bulk approximately 1910-approximately 1925
Lindsey O'Brien
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States