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A. Nees & Co. decorative paper sample books

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1465

Scope and Contents

Nineteen volumes containing circa 44,000 undated samples of decorative papers manufactured by A. Nees & Co., circa 1865-circa 1930, most circa 1880-1914. Volumes contain small samples of marbled, embossed, coated, and other colored and printed papers affixed to pages within printed borders. Samples are identified by numbers in manuscript annotations or printed labels, some also citing paper names or manufacturing techniques. Volumes contain varying samples, with some overlapping content.

Dates

  • circa 1865-circa 1930
  • Majority of material found within circa 1880-circa 1914

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Boxes 1-12 and 14-19: Purchased from Antiquariat Banzhaf on the Gift of Frank H. Sommer, Class of 1944, Fund, 2016.

Box 139: Purchased from Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books on the Gift of Frank H. Sommer, Class of 1944, Fund, 2017.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.nees

Overview

Nineteen volumes containing circa 44,000 undated samples of decorative papers manufactured by A. Nees & Co., circa 1865-circa 1930, most circa 1880-1914. Voumes contain small samples of marbled, embossed, coated, and other colored and printed papers affixed to pages within printed borders. Samples are identified by numbers in manuscript annotations or printed labels, some also citing paper names or manufacturing techniques. Volumes contain varying samples, with some overlapping content.

Biographical / Historical

A. Nees & Co., Aschaffenburg, Germany, a manufacturer of decorated papers, was founded in 1862 by brothers Albert Nees (1836-1874) and Theodor Nees. In 1866 A. Nees & Co. invented Cambricpapier, a colored paper coated with shellac.
Title
Guide to the A. Nees & Co. decorative paper sample books
Author
Karen Spicher
Date
2017 December

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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