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 Collection
Identifier: GA 20

George Howes Whittle Engraving Collection

Dates

  • Majority of material found in ca 1870 - 1921 Bulk undated

Scope and Content Note

In 1906, at the request of John Cotton Dana, then Head Librarian of the Newark Library, later to be the founder of the Newark Museum, Whittle assembled two collections of wood engraving items to serve as an exhibit to demonstrate the wood engraving profession. One set was given to Dana and today remains in the vast collection of the Newark Library. This collection is the second collection, which for some 90 years, until 1996, remained undiscovered in the attic of Whittle’s home and that of his daughter in Millington, New Jersey. (Source: Rutgers University Libraries Exhibit caption)

The collection contains wood engraving tools and a visor, ascribed to engraver Timothy Cole and four wood blocks, as well as a photocopied article on Timothy Cole written by George Howes Whittle.

Extent

0.5 cubic feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

George Howes Whittle, Associate Arts Editor for Century and Saint Nicholas magazines, and one of the engravers loosely known as the New American School of Wood Engraving. This is a collection he assembled of wood engraving tools and a visor, ascribed to engraver Timothy Cole, and wood blocks prepared for engraving, as well as a photocopied article on Timothy Cole written by George Howes Whittle.

Biographical Sketch

George Howes Whittle (1848-1921) was for approximately thirty-five years, Associate Arts Editor for Century and Saint Nicholas magazines. Whittle was also one of the engravers loosely known as the New American School of Wood Engraving, who used the emerging technology of photography to transfer images directly to the printing surface of the woodblock, rather than relying on an artist to draw the image.(Source: Rutgers University Libraries Exhibit caption)

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged broadly by type of material.

Processing Note

The George Howes Whittle Engraving Collection was donated to the library by James S. Hamilton. The original donation included books, which have been cataloged and added to the collection.

Measurements are height x width in centimeters.

Title
Guide to the George Howes Whittle Engraving Collection
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Elizabeth M. Phillips, Michael Joseph
Date
October 2018
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Sponsor
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Revision Statements

  • March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS
  • September 2009: revised coding to add encoding analogs to some elements per the EAD report card