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Paper specimen collection

Identifier: Case Wing folio-TS1220-N49

Scope and Content of the Collection

This is a growing collection of paper specimens, the bulk of which were issued between approximately 1970 and approximately 2010.

The collection includes single sheet paper specimens, paper catalogs, booklets, posters, order forms, price lists, annual reports, calendars, and other advertising materials originally issued by paper companies, art supply companies, printers, publishers, hand papermakers, and paper distributors. Collection also includes samples of wallpaper, watermarks, cloth binding materials, leather, and banknote paper. Geographic ranges of these companies and individuals include North America, Europe, and East Asia. The bulk of materials were issued in the United States. Significant amounts of material comes from Champion International Corporation, Crane, Eastern Corporation, Fox River Paper Company, Gilbert Paper, Mead Paper Company, Neenah Paper, Process Materials Corporation, S.D. Warren Company, Strathmore Paper Company, and Weyerhaeuser Paper Company.


  • Creation: approximately 1900-ongoing
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970 - 2010



Materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Paper specimen 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.


6.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


A collection of paper specimen sheets, catalogs, binding materials, and other advertising materials issued primarily by paper companies. Geographic coverage includes primarily the United States and continental Europe.


Papers are issued alphabetically by the name of issuing body or creator.

Collection Stack Location

3a 29


Collection amassed by the Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing.

Processed by

Lindsey O’Brien and Joy Orillo-Dotson, 2016.


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 Paper specimen collection, approximately 1900-ongoing, bulk 1970-2010
Lindsey O’Brien and Joy Orillo-Dotson
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