Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier prayer card collection
Scope and Content of the Collection
Collection of 289 religious items, consisting primarily of holy cards, as well as memorial cards, calendars of feast days, prayer booklets, and thank you cards from Europe, Japan, and the United States, produced between 1919 and approximately 1980. The bulk of the cards were produced in the United States, and a significant number come from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and Italy. Includes engravings and lithographs depicting various saints and religious figures including the Holy Family, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jesus, St. Mary, angels, and St. Dymphna.
Collection includes items published by various religious groups and organizations including Maredret Abbey, Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, St. Joseph’s College Seminary, St. Benedict's Convent, the Society of the Divine Savior, Passionist Missions, the Missionary Fathers of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Further printers, publishers, and lithographers include Gregor Fischer, St. Norbertus, Beuroner Kunstverlag, B. Kühlen, and Barton-Cotton, Inc.
- Creation: 1919 to approximately 1980
- Carrier, Gertrude Lueneburg (Person)
Materials are in English, French, German, and Italian.
Conditions Governing Access
The Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier prayer card collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier prayer card 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.
Biography of Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier
Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier (1902-1991) was a broadly talented calligrapher, illuminator, and designer, probably Chicago’s most prominent woman lettering artist in the middle years of the twentieth century. She worked for the Scriptorium of Coella Lindsay Ricketts in the mid 1920s and thereafter free-lanced, doing certificates, logos, letterheads, broadsides, greeting cards and bookplates. She married Edward J. Carrier in 1940. Among her most important clients was Samuel Cardinal Stritch (Archbishop of Chicago, 1939-1958) who commissioned several sets of altar cards.
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Collection of 289 religious items, consisting primarily of holy cards, as well as memorial cards, calendars of feast days, prayer booklets, and thank you cards from Europe, Japan, and the United States, produced between 1919 and approximately 1980.
Arranged alphabetically by location of publication.
Collection Stack Location
Gift of Walter Lueneburg, 1991.
Sarah Furger, 2015.
Genre / Form
- Bookmarks -- 1901-1950
- Bookmarks -- 1951-2000
- Calendars of saints -- 1901-1950
- Calendars of saints -- 1951-2000
- Devotional literature -- 1901-1950
- Devotional literature -- 1951-2000
- Ephemera -- 1901-1950
- Ephemera -- 1951-2000
- Greeting cards -- 1901-1950
- Greeting cards -- 1951-2000
- Holy cards -- 1901-1950
- Holy cards -- 1951-2000
- Memorial works -- 1901-1950
- Memorial works -- 1951-2000
- Printed ephemera -- 1901-1950
- Printed ephemera -- 1951-2000
- Inventory of the Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier prayer card collection, 1919 to approximately 1980
- Lindsey O'Brien and Sarah Furger
- Language of description
- Script of description