Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Ricketts mss. II, 1889-1936, consist of the papers and manuscript reproductions of Coella Lindsay Ricketts, 1859- 1941, calligrapher and illuminator of Chicago, Illinois.

The collection is divided into three parts: 1) notes by Ricketts on medieval manuscripts in European and New York libraries, on press marks, and on gold leaf; 2) reproductions being photostats and other types of reproductions of medieval manuscripts and leaves in European and New York libraries; and 3) miscellaneous, including tracings of pages of manuscripts in European libraries; photostats, tracings, stencils, and metal plates of letters of the alphabet; examples of diplomas made by The Scriptorium, a firm specializing in calligraphy and illuminations which was founded by Ricketts in Chicago in 1885; a manuscript by L.J. Chassee, "Digest of book written by Balderici Horicquoi consisting of script and pen paintings"; a bound account book, 1900-1902; a bound volume of "Outside diploma orders" of The Scriptorium, 1892-1912; and clippings for a calligraphy bibliography.

Collection size: 1,363 items

Related manuscripts: Ricketts mss., Ricketts mss. III

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.