William A. Speck collection of prints.
Scope and Contents
Series I, Portraits is arranged alphabetically by name. Series II, Views is arranged by country, and within that by city. It should be noted that the place names in Series II are those that were in use in the 1920s and 30s, when most of the collection was cataloged, and therefore may not reflect current usage or political divisions.
The Portraits series includes portraits of Goethe and of his associates, but also includes many contemporaries not closely associated with the poet. The Views and Illustrations focus more narrowly on Goethe himself, his life and work, depicting places where Goethe lived or visited, or which he discussed in his works, particularly Weimar, and scenes and characters from Goethe's works, in particular Faust.
In addition to this listing, which was compiled by labeling on the files, a card index exists, which provides access by artist name to many, though probably not all, works encompassed in this collection. These cards also may contain additional information, including such things as names of engraver, place of creation, date of creation, and bibliographic citations. For further information about the card index, consult the appropriate curator.
- circa 1750-1850
- Speck, William A. (William Alfred), 1864-1928 (Collector)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
38.77 Linear Feet ((42 boxes) + 13 broadside drawers)
Language of Materials
The list in this finding aid was created by transcribing the titles on the folders. A partial card index was also consulted.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the William A. Speck Collection of Prints
- by Beinecke Staff
- December 1999
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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