Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

ADOMEIT MSS. II

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Inventory

I. Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Significant number of letters for individual names or businesses may have separate folders and are filed immediately after the folder in which they would have been included. A complete list of names is available.

  • Box 1: A - Brn
  • Box 2: Bro - De
  • Box 3: De (cont.) - Hh
  • Box 4: Hi - Lh
  • Box 5: Li - Ma
  • Box 6: Ma (cont.) - Pre
  • Box 7: Prf - U
  • Box 8:
    • V - Z;
    • Christmas letters from Adomeit;
    • Adomeit's correspondence with her parents;
    • Postcards to Adomeit's parents from various people;
    • Letters from unidentified correspondents (3 folders)

II. Lectures/Writings

Box 9
  • folder 1: Christmas Tree Ornaments. Typescript of article
  • folder 2: Collecting the Smallest Books in the World. Article for Antiquarian Bookman, Jan. 1952
  • folder 3: Education in Germany. Term [paper?] topic, Jan. 17, 18, 1927
  • folders 4-7: The Little Cookie Book. Accounting, 1962; production materials; proofs; recipes
  • folder 8: Musings of a Minibibliophile. Articles for The Booklover's Answer
  • folder 9: My Lilliputian Library. Manuscript drafts
  • folder 10: An 18th Century Miniature Picture Bible, an essay by Ruth Elizabeth Adomeit. Typescript and proofs. Published in An Original Leaf from the Kleine Print Bybel, c. 1750 (Los Angeles: 1991)
  • folders 11-27: Three Centuries of Thumb Bibles. Drafts, photocopies and photographs of illustrations, photographs of bibles, research notes, royalty statements, orders, advertisements, and reviews
Box 10
  • folders 1-5: Three Centuries of Thumb Bibles (cont.)
  • folders 6-8: Notes for lectures, including: Cleveland Public Library lecture, Sept. 17, 1989 coinciding with exhibition of Adomeit's books; Garden clubs lectures; My Lilliputian Library; The Smallest Books in the World. Also, printed announcements and programs
  • folder 9: Untitled travel writings
  • folder 10: Writings by others: The Miniature Book in the Netherlands (for translation?); Miniature Books, a talk before The Rowfant Club, November 19, 1943, by Gordon Thayer (concerning Adomeit's collection)

III. Business papers

Box 10
  • folders 11-21: Accession records
  • folders 22-25: Accounts
  • folder 26: Advertisements
  • folders 27-30: Book lists and descriptions
Box 11
  • folders 1-26: Book lists and descriptions (cont.)
Box 12
  • folders 1-5: Book lists and descriptions (cont.)
  • folders 6-7: Houghton sale at Christie's: description, catalog, prices, etc., Dec. 5, 1979
  • folder 8: Middendorf sale at Christies, May 17, 1989
  • folder 9: Miniature book price index, rules for including & arranging the data
  • folder 10: Receipts, roughly in order by vendor
  • folder 11: Sales records
  • folder 12: Miscellaneous notes

IV. Miniature Book Collector

The Miniature Book Collector began in 1960. The quarterly journal was edited by Adomeit and eight issues were published.

Box 12
  • folders 13-16: Typescripts and proofs of Vols. 1-3 and Index
  • folder 17: Correspondence from subscribers concerning increase in price of journal to continue publishing, Apr./May 1962
  • folders 18-20: Lists of subscribers and potential subscribers
  • folder 21: Subscription orders
  • folder 22: Miscellaneous, including lists of articles, stationery

V. Miniature Book Society

The Miniature Book Society was organized in 1983. Conclaves are held yearly.

Box 12
  • folders 23-24: General correspondence, advertisements, brochures, memoranda
  • folders 25-26: Conclaves I (1983) - IV (1986). Announcements, programs, certificates, etc.
Box 13
  • folders 1-2: Conclaves IV (1986) (cont.) - XII (1994). Announcements, programs, certificates, etc.
  • folders 3-4: Directories - members and non-members
  • folders 5-7: Newsletters - typescript and printed

VI. Photographs

Box 13
  • folder 8: Ruth E. Adomeit (16)
  • folder 9: Adomeit's home, 1978 (12)
  • folders 10-13: Books - 109 photographs, 6 slides, numerous negatives
  • folder 14: Clarke Historical Library exhibitions: of miniature books, 1973 (34); undated Christmas exhibit (13)
  • folder 15: Palenque, Mexico, 1952 (15)
  • folder 16: Smith family (8)
  • folder 17: Thumb bibles from Houghton sale and Julia Wightman (28 prints, plus assorted photocopies and negatives)
  • folder 18: Family, friends, business associates (24)
  • folder 19: Miscellaneous: exhibit photos, scenery, etc. (14)
  • folder 20: assorted negatives
Box 17
  • Photograph albums: 1) Miniature Book Society Conclave III and IV (1985-1986); 2) Miniature Book Society Conclave V (1987); 3-4) Miscellaneous photographs - exhibit, Adomeit's home, friends/colleagues.

VII. Travel

Arranged chronologically. Includes: itineraries, travel lists, receipts, brochures, maps, and pamphlets.

Box 13
  • folders 21-22: 1952. Mexico. Includes: rubbings from the ruins at Palenque
  • folders 23-24: 1953. Mediterranean
  • folder 25: 1958. Europe
  • folder 26: 1974, May-June. Morocco. Society of Architectural Historians meeting
  • folder 27: 1974, Oct. Ohio and Kentucky. Shaker Bicentennial celebration
  • folder 28: 1975. Annapolis, Md. Society of Architectural Historians meeting
  • folder 29: 1976, Oct. 6-10. Bluegrass Area Tour of Kentucky. Society of Architectural Historians
Box 14
  • folder 1: 1980. Europe
  • folder 2: Passports. 1953-1954
  • folder 3: Travel lists
  • folder 4: Miscellaneous brochures, receipts, advertisements, etc.

VIII. Miscellaneous materials

Box 14
  • folders 5-6: Addresses and directories. Mostly business-related handwritten addresses, some lists of names and several printed directories
  • folder 7: Art. A woodcut, signed by George Adomeit
  • folder 8: Bookplate and butter mold receipts and lists
  • folder 9: "Davis James folder"
  • folder 10: East High School Alumni Association. Materials related to appointment as trustee, 1956-1957; lists of students, Classes of 1927 and 1931
  • folders 11-12: Exhibitions. Lists of books included in various exhibitions, materials pertaining to the Cleveland Public Library exhibit, 1989
  • folder 13: Hilltop School. Class rosters, enrollment forms, directories for Cuyahoga County School District, 1959-1967
  • folder 14: "Maple book." Materials collected for maple syrup book? Recipes, materials from annual Geauga County Maple Festivals
  • folders 15-16: Personal. Includes: miscellaneous receipts, lists, bank papers, recipes, etc.
  • folders 17-22: Clippings and printed items. Includes mostly articles about Adomeit and other book collectors, dealers and publishers
Box 16
  • Appraisal slips
  • Postcard collection. Mostly blank. ca. 350
Box 17
  • Scrapbooks: 1) 1933-1962; 2)1934-1961; 3)1940-1954; 4)1940-1959;
Cabinets and card files
  • Card catalogs to Adomeit's collection. 24 linear ft.
  • Card files of addresses for Miniature Book Collector. 1.1 linear ft.
  • D'Alte A. Welch's card file for proposed bibliography on English children's books. 11 linear ft.

IX. Notebooks

Box 15
  • Account book
  • Account statements (2 notebooks)
  • Action and moving books
  • Addresses (3 notebooks)
  • Book inventories (2 notebooks)
  • Book lists and descriptions (5 notebooks)
  • Book quotation
  • Books and games to Lilly Library
  • Books bought
  • Collectors and Collections of miniature books
  • d'Alte Welch
  • Duplicates to sell
  • Duplicate miniatures
  • Lists of book locations
  • Lists of miniature newspapers and magazines
  • Miniature book sets (5 notebooks)
  • Modern Presses - dealer prices
  • Ora Coltman's book
  • Receipts (4 notebooks)
  • Record of duplicates
  • Sales records (7 notebooks)
  • Miscellaneous
Boxes 16
  • Accounts (2 notebooks)
  • Addresses (2 notebooks)
  • Antiques - prices
  • Books read (4 notebooks)
  • British/American terms (2 notebooks)
  • Civil defense notes
  • Correspondence log
  • Date book
  • Gas mileage log (2 notebooks)
  • Genealogy
  • Household repairs
  • Lettering
  • Personal accounts
  • Recipes
  • Spanish terms
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel accounts (5 notebooks)
  • Travel lists
  • Miscellaneous (16 notebooks)
  • Addresses and book lists (2 notebooks)
  • Book descriptions and accounts (13 notebooks)
  • Book lists (3 notebooks)
  • Bookplates
  • Receipts (23 notebooks)

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