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Typ 4751

Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. Bruce Rogers papers and designs, 1899-1952: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf
Call No.: Typ 4751
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957.
Title: Bruce Rogers papers and designs,
Date(s): 1899-1952.
Quantity: 1 collection (6 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Original sketches, finished ink drawings, ephemera, and correspondence related to the work of book designer and Harvard University Press advisor Bruce Rogers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of J. W. McFarlane (Items 217-224); received: 1950 September.
Bequest of Philip Hofer; received: 1984.
No accession number. Gift of Charles A. Rheault, Jr., (A.B. 1945); received: 1997.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Bruce Rogers Papers and Designs, 1899-1952 (Typ 4751). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Bruce Rogers began his career as a book designer for the Riverside Press in Cambridge, and various other presses in the United States, such as the Munder Press in Baltimore, the Bartlett Orr Press in New York, the Montague Press in Massachusetts, and the Press of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Between 1916 and 1919 he did freelance work in England, and worked at the Cambridge University Press as a typographic consultant. In 1920 he began his work as an advisor at the Harvard University Press, and as a designer for William Rudge, and did freelance work for various other firms. In 1928 he returned to England, where he worked for the next decade. In 1938 he returned to the United States, where he worked until his death in 1957.



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Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of original sketches and finished ink drawings made by Bruce Rogers for use in designing books produced during the years 1900-1951, and printed illustrations relating to his work, including prospectuses, pattern books, page proofs, programs, invitations and bookplates. Also included are seven small finished artworks by Bruce Rogers, a scrapbook relating to books designed during his tenure at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, and correspondence with Charles Eliot Norton, Daniel Berkely Updike, and Philip Hofer.

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