Speck, William A. (William Alfred), 1864-1928
- Existence: 1864 - 1928
William A. Speck (1864-1928), founder of the William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
William A. Speck collection of Goetheana : general ephemera
Call Number: YCGL MSS 27
Abstract: The William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: General Ephemera is an artificial collection of miscellaneous, non-book materials long associated with the Speck Collection but previously uncataloged. The collection demonstrates how Goethe and his works entered into the popular culture in the late nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth. The collection includes a few items relating directly to Goethe, such as pens that he used and his grandfather Textor's seal, as well as items...
William A. Speck collection of Goetheana : medals and medallions
Call Number: YCGL MSS 28
Abstract: The William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Medals and Medallions consists of 178 medals, coins, medallions, and reliefs depicting Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, and other figures, mostly literary. By date, the pieces range from 1740 (a Gutenberg medal commemorating the tercentennial of the invention of printing) to 1934. The earliest Goethe items are a circa 1775 tin medal by Boltschauser and an 1808 medallion modeled by the painter Gerhard Kügelgen (1772-1820). Many...