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Overbrook Press records

Call Number: GEN MSS 961
Scope and Contents

The Overbrook Press Records contain correspondence, office files, and production files documenting the operations and publications of the press. The records also include a small group of Frank Altschul's personal papers, a collection of printed material, mostly ephemera, published by peer presses, professional and private associations and clubs, and a group of type specimens from American and European typefounders. The Production Files form the most significant part of the records, and contain original and carbon typescripts, manuscripts, printed sources or copies of source text, designs and layout pages, dummies, proofs, and galleys; some files hold correspondence, published reviews, and final copies of the publications as well as original artwork, silkscreen stencils, bookbinding stamps, and a collection of paper samples. Also present are the photoengravings used for printing illustrations and decorations in press publications. The latest item in the collection is an Overbrook Press tribute broadside which was printed by Altschul's nephew Charles Altschul at Yale University in 1979.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Overbrook Press Records is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank Altschul (Yale 1908) to the Yale University Library Arts of the Book Collection, 1977-1982. Transferred from Arts of the Book Collection to Beinecke Library, 2003-2015. Gift of Charles Altschul, 2015. 2021 February 9 accession received at Yale University Art Gallery, gift of Kathryn Graham, date unknown, and transferred to Beinecke Library.


Organized into five series: I. Correspondence and Office Files, 1926-1979. II. Frank Altschul Personal Papers, 1918-1979. III. Production Files, 1934-1969. IV. Printed Material. V. Photoengravings and Printing Blocks.

Associated Materials

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University Library holds the remainder of the Overbrook Press Records (MS 0959) as well as the Frank Altschul Papers (MS 0022).

1918 - 1979
Majority of material found within 1934 - 1969
51.96 Linear Feet (107 boxes + 6 broadside folders)
Related Names
Overbrook Press
Einstein, William, 1907-1972
Lobel-Riche, Alméry, 1880-1950
Nason, Thomas W. (Thomas Willoughby), 1889-1971
Language of Materials