David C. Meyer collection of letterheads and stationery
Scope and Content of the Collection
This is a collection of letterheads and stationery issued from approximately 1861 to approximately 2013. The bulk of material were issued between approximately 1915 and approximately 2000.
The collection consists of single sheet letterheads, envelopes, stationery packets, and advertising materials originally issued by hotels, businesses, organizations, and performers. Businesses and organizations include air and railway corporations, banks, advertising companies, publishers, booksellers, paper manufacturers, magic shops, manufacturers of magic apparatuses, and fraternal organizations and clubs or societies. A significant amount of these are magic organizations and societies. Letterheads issued by performers advertise magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, psychics, comedians, and musicians. The collection includes one example of stationery engraved by Waters-Son during the American Civil War as well as a packet of military-theme stationery issued during World War I. Geographic ranges of companies and individuals include the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, continental Europe, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.
Aside from letterheads and stationery, the collection also includes hotel advertisements, receipt forms, telegram and fax forms, and paper samples printed as stationery.
- Creation: 1861? to approximately 2013
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1915 - 2000
- Meyer, David (Person)
Materials are in English, German, and Italian.
The David C. Meyer collection of letterheads and stationery is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The David C. Meyer collection of letterheads and stationery 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 John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing.
Biography of David C. Meyer
David C. Meyer is the owner of Meyerbooks and its imprint David Meyer Magic Books. He established Meyerbooks in 1976, out of Glenwood, Illinois, to publish books on herbs, health, Americana, and folk medicine written by his father and grandfather. Under the imprint of David Meyer Magic Books, he publishes books on theater history and magic
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Collection of letterheads and stationery from David C. Meyer, owner of Meyerbooks and its imprint David Meyer Magic Books. Collection consists of single sheet letterheads, envelopes, stationery packets, and advertising materials originally issued by hotels, businesses, organizations, and performers.
Materials arranged by subject.
Collection Stack Location
Gift of David C. Meyer, 2013.
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.
- InterContinental Hotels Group (Organization)
- International Brotherhood of Magicians (Organization)
- Meyer, David (Person)
- Scottish Association of Magical Societies (Organization)
- Society of American Magicians (Organization)
- Society of Osiris, Magicians (Organization)
- Waters-Son (Firm) (Organization)
- Best Western Hotels (Firm) (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Color printing (Printing)
- Printed ephemera
- Receipts (Financial records)
- Inventory of the David C. Meyer collection of letterheads and stationery, 1861? to approximately 2013, bulk approximately 1915 to approximately 2000
- Processed by Lindsey O'Brien, 2015.
- Language of description
- Script of description