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Enid Eder Perkins Papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Perkins

Scope and Content of the Collection

Original calligraphic works, reproductions, studies and tracings, client records, and correspondence representing Perkins’ eclectic modern style of calligraphy and illumination at all periods of her life; there are also several folders of notes on the technique of illumination.


  • Creation: 1929-1972



Materials are mostly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Enid Eder Perkins Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Enid Eder Perkins Papers 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.

Biography of Enid Eder Perkins

Washington, D. C. and New York City calligrapher and illuminator.

Enid Eder (later Perkins) attended Hunter College and studied art at the Art Students League in New York. Intensive self-study of medieval manuscripts at the Library of Congress and later at the Morgan Library in New York helped to develop her interests in medieval calligraphy and illumination. Ms. Perkins also studied calligraphy with Arnold Bank at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and illumination with Irene Base in England. She was self-employed; major clients included J. Walter Thompson, International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, New York University, and the Pulitzer Prize Advisory Board.


5.7 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)


Original calligraphic and illuminated work by self-employed New York artist, together with correspondence, photographs of commissioned work, some study materials.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Original art works, 1929-1970
Box 1
Series 2: Reproductions, studies and tracings, 1942-1971
Boxes 2-3
Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1951-1972
Box 4
Series 4: Additions, 1960-1964
Box 4
Series 5: Oversize materials, 1936-1969
Boxes 5-6

Collection Stack Location

4a 29 6


Gift of various Perkins family members, 1975-2015.

Processed by

Laura Morgan, 1990 and Mette Shayne, 2015.

Inventory of the Enid Eder Perkins Papers, 1929-1972
Mette Shayne
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States