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The Society of Bibliophiles Records

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives

Inclusive Date: 1966-2002

The Society of Bibliophiles (Albany, N.Y.)

1.8 cubic ft.

English

From its formation in 1966 in Albany, New York, the Society of Bibliophiles aimed to encourage and foster a love of books along with an appreciation for the art of bookmaking. The Society of Bibliophiles arranged trips to various lectures and exhibits both within and outside of the Albany area, and arranged meetings and events at which books were the central focus. The collection consists of records produced between 1966 and 2002, and includes newsletters and announcements, organizational documents, materials from various sites visited and events, information about booksellers and bookbinders, as well as a number of other general administrative documents.

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Collection Details

Processed in 2016 by Kaitlin Buerge.

The materials are located onsite in the department.

The first meeting of the Society of Bibliophiles of Albany, NY was held on September 27, 1966, at which time the group adopted its name, elected a steering committee, and planned for future meetings and events. As chief organizers of this meeting, Walter A. Frankel and David L. Mitchell continued to head the society into the early 1970s, at which point Harriet Dryer Adams officially assumed the position of president until 1976. A formal constitution was established during the mid-1970s, describing procedures for electing officers and holding meetings, which were subsequently used in nominating Wayne Somers as the society’s next president in 1977. The Society of Bibliophiles arranged and attended meetings and lectures pertaining to book collecting, papermaking, book binding, as well as various authors and books. The group also began its annual tradition of a year-end Wayzegoose party in 1970, at which members gather for dinner and discussion of books.

Presidents of the society and the approximate dates of their terms are as follows: Harriet Dryer Adams (1970-1976), Wayne Somers (1977-1980), Sydney Ross (1981-1982), Arnold Elkind (1983-1984), Bruce Northrup (1985-1987), Ellen Fladger (1988-1991), Christine Bain (1992, 1994-2001), and Michael Aikey (1993).

The records of the Society of Bibliophiles of Albany, NY document the group’s activities from 1966-2002 (please note that these dates are non-inclusive). These activities, which reflect the society’s commitment to furthering the interests of book lovers (as noted in its constitution), include meetings, talks and lectures, trips to exhibits and bookstores/auctions, as well as tours of libraries and other book-related facilities.

The Society of Bibliophiles collection is divided into two series: Administrative and Subject Folders. The Administrative series contains general administrative documents generated and accumulated by the society during its regular activities. This series contains a file containing records for every year from 1966 to 1991, as well as for 2001-2002. Reflecting a change in the society’s recordkeeping processes, the Subject Folder series consists of folders referring to specific processes or types of records, including announcements, member materials, newsletters, and clippings. This series contain records dating from 1967 to 2002, although the bulk of the material falls between 1991 and 2000.

The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1 is arranged chronologically while Series 2 is arranged alphabetically.

Collection Access & Use

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The Society of Bibliophiles Records, 1966-2002. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Society of Bibliophiles Records).

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series 1: Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1966-1991

Inclusive Date: 2000-2002

Inclusive Date: Undated

This series is arranged chronologically.

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1966

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 1

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1967

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 2

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1968

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 3

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1969

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 4

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1970

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 5

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1971

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 6

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1972

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 7

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1973

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 8

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1974

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 9

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1975

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 10

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1976

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 11

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1977

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 12

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1978

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 13

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1979

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 14

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1980

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 15

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1981

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 16

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1982

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 17

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1983

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 18

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1984

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 19

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1985

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 20

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1986

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 21

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1987

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 22

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1988

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 23

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1989

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 24

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1990

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 25

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 1991

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 26

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 2000-2001

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 27

Administrative

Inclusive Date: 2002

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (1-Administrative)

Folder: 28

Series 2: Subject Folders

Inclusive Date: 1967-2002

Inclusive Date: Undated

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Addresses/Address Changes

Inclusive Date: 1994

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 29

Aho, Gary

Inclusive Date: 1986

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 30

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1991

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 31

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1992

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 32

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1993

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 33

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1994

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 34

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1995

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 35

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1996

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 36

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1997

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 37

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1998

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 38

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 1999

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 39

Announcements

Inclusive Date: 2000

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 40

Attendance Lists

Inclusive Date: 1992-1993

Inclusive Date: 1995-1996

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 41

Awards Catalog and Book Award Lists

Inclusive Date: 1993-1994

Inclusive Date: 1999

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 42

Bank Account Information

Inclusive Date: 1987-1988

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 43

Binding Samples

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 44

Book Agents

Inclusive Date: 1993

Inclusive Date: 1995

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 45

Book Arts Publications and Practitioners

Inclusive Date: 1997-1999

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 46

Book Auctions, Fairs, and Sales

Inclusive Date: 1993

Inclusive Date: 1995-1996

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 47

Book Club and Book Dealer Mailings

Inclusive Date: 1988-1989

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 48

Book Notecards

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 49

Books and Articles about Books and Book Collecting

Inclusive Date: 1995

Inclusive Date: 1997-1999

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 1

Bookseller and Book Dealer Information

Inclusive Date: 1983-1989

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 2

Booksellers Online

Inclusive Date: 1992-1993

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 3

Bookstores and Book Dealer Information

Inclusive Date: 1990-1992

Inclusive Date: 1995-1996

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 4

Bylaws/Constitution

Inclusive Date: 1985

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 5

Center for the Book

Inclusive Date: 1998

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 6

Computer Programs for Book Inventories

Inclusive Date: 1990

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 7

Cookbooks

Inclusive Date: 1996

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 8

Copying Rates (Office Max)

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 9

Correspondence (General)

Inclusive Date: 1992-1993

Inclusive Date: 1995

Inclusive Date: 1997-2000

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 10

Dues Notices

Inclusive Date: 1979

Inclusive Date: 1983

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 11

Exhibits

Inclusive Date: 1994-1995

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 12

History/Founders Information

Inclusive Date: 1984

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 13

Media Contacts, Publicity

Inclusive Date: 1994

Inclusive Date: 1998-2001

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 14

Meeting Place Information

Inclusive Date: 1992-1993

Inclusive Date: 1996

Inclusive Date: 1998

Inclusive Date: 2000

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 15

Member Interests Lists

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 16

Member Lists

Inclusive Date: 1977-1983

Inclusive Date: 1987

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 17

Member Lists

Inclusive Date: 1993

Inclusive Date: 1995

Inclusive Date: 2002

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 18

Membership Application Forms (Blank)

Inclusive Date: 1983

Inclusive Date: 1987

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 19

Membership Application Forms (Blank)

Inclusive Date: 2000

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 20

Membership Application Forms (Completed)

Inclusive Date: 2000-2001

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 21

Membership Directories

Inclusive Date: 1991-1995

Inclusive Date: 1997-2000

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 2 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 22

Membership Renewal Form and Sample Letter

Inclusive Date: 1995

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 1

Mystery Book Information

Inclusive Date: 1991

Inclusive Date: 1994

Inclusive Date: 1996

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 2

New Librarians Reception

Inclusive Date: 1977

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 3

News Clippings Used for Newsletters

Inclusive Date: 1984-1989

Inclusive Date: 1991

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 4

Newsletters

Inclusive Date: 2001

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 5

Notes

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 6

Obituaries

Inclusive Date: 1993

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 7

Officers during Bain Presidency

Inclusive Date: 1993

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 8

Poetry

Inclusive Date: 1999

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 9

Printing and Graphics

Inclusive Date: 1993

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 10

Program Planning

Inclusive Date: 1977-1983

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 11

Questionnaires

Inclusive Date: 1993

Inclusive Date: 1995

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 12

Reimbursements Due

Inclusive Date: 1998-2000

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 13

Society of Bibliophiles Brochures

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 14

Speaker and Program Planning Materials

Inclusive Date: 1980-1981

Inclusive Date: 1983-1984

Inclusive Date: 1986-1988

Inclusive Date: 1990

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 15

Stationery

Inclusive Date: 1972

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 16

Tax Status Information

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 17

Treasurer's Ledger

Inclusive Date: 1967-1976

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 18

Treasurer's Reports

Inclusive Date: 1991-1993

Inclusive Date: 1995

Inclusive Date: 1998-1999

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 19

Undated Documents

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 20

Wayzegoose History

Inclusive Date: 1970

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 3 (2-Subject Folders)

Folder: 21