Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Adomeit mss. II, ca. 1950s-1995, consist of the papers of Ruth Elizabeth Adomeit, 1910-1996, miniature book collector and bibliographer. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Adomeit worked as a secretary and research assistant in engineering, and as an elementary school teacher until her retirement. Collecting miniature books was her lifetime passion, begun with gifts from her father while she was at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She wrote the Miniature Book Collector , a quarterly publication which consisted of eight issues, plus an index, from 1960 to 1962. Following the demise of this publication, she and other miniature book enthusiasts founded the Miniature Book Society and Adomeit served as editor of the Society's Newsletter for several years. Throughout this time and into the 1990s, she wrote several articles and spoke at various venues on miniature book collecting. In 1980 she completed the bibliography, Three Centuries of Thumb Bibles (New York: Garland Pub., 1980), the standard reference work for these books.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Lectures/Writings; III. Business papers; IV. Miniature Book Collector; V. Miniature Book Society; VI. Photographs; VII. Travel; VIII. Miscellaneous materials, IX. Notebooks. An inventory of the collection is available. A finding aid is also available.

Bequest. Ruth E. Adomeit. 1996

Collection size: 10,000 items

Related manuscripts: Adomeit mss., Adomeit mss. III

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