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Collection of Bookplates by John W. Evans

Call Number: BKP 127

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a number of bookplates designed by John W. Evans (1855-1943), a master wood engraver born in Brooklyn, NY. The bookplates were designed primarily for private individuals, including several for his friends and family. The collection also includes four woodblocks for Evans’s bookplate designs and a letter written by Evans to his sister, Ada Hopson.


  • 1917-1942

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Yale Bookplate Collection was formerly housed in Sterling Memorial Library. The collection was incorporated into the Arts of the Book Collection in 1984 and then moved to the Seeley G. Mudd Library in 1990. In 2011, it was transferred to the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.


Organized into three series: I. Bookplates. II. Correspondence and Ephemera. III. Woodblocks.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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This collection includes bookplates designed by John W. Evans (1855-1943), a master wood engraver born in Brooklyn, NY.

Biographical / Historical

John William Evans (1855-1943) was an American engraver and graphic artist born in Brooklyn, NY. A master wood engraver, Evans created reproductions of famous paintings and other works to illustrate magazines such as Century, Harper’s, and Scribner’s. In “retirement,” Evans took up bookplate design. His award-winning wood engraving was exhibited in the Paris Exposition of 1900, the Chicago Exposition of 1903, and the Panama Exposition of 1915. Evans had close associations with other bookplate artists, including Timothy Cole and William Fowler Hopson, who was Evans’s brother-in-law. He was also a longtime and active member of the Freemasons.

Reference: “John W. Evans, at 84, Still Active Master of Wood Engraving Craft,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 20, 1938.

Processing Information

The collection was removed from filing cabinets which housed bookplates by individual artists.

Guide to the Collection of Bookplates by John W. Evans
Compiled by Arts Library Special Collections staff
September 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections Repository

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