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Theodore Bolton papers, 1861-1977 | University of Miami Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: Theodore Bolton papers, 1861-1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1915-1977

ID: ASM0034

Creator: Bolton, Theodore (1889-1973)

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The Theodore Bolton Papers are divided into three series: I. Writings, II. Sketches, Illustrations, and Sketchbooks, and III. Assorted Materials.

Formats/Genres: Bibliographies, Certificates, Charts, Christmas cards, Engravings, Journals (accounts), Letters, Manuscripts, Medallions (ornament areas), Notebooks, Paper money, Passports, Periodicals, Photocopies, Photographs, Prints, Reprints, Sketchbooks, Sketches, Typescripts, Yearbooks

Languages: English, German, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Theodore Bolton Papers contains materials that span from across the entirety of Bolton's life. Bolton was active as a book illustrator and as an art historian, and so there are typescripts, manuscripts, reprints, and periodicals, as well as sketches, prints, drawings, engravings, and sketchbooks.

Bolton's sketches are primarily illustrations for books or Christmas Card designs. Also among the sketches are several done by other illustrators. These include an original illustration by Timothy Cole, as well as a number of original sketches by James Daugherty. Many of these sketches are on Christmas cards sent to Theodore Bolton and Helen, his wife.

Beside his manuscripts and illustrations, of special notice are travel journals by Bolton spanning across several decades, each of which contain illustrations of the places that he visited, and 20 Confederate States of America Banknotes.

Biographical Note

Theodore Bolton was a librarian, art historian, and artist. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 12, 1889. Bolton received a diploma in the arts from that Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 1915. He studied library science at the same institute, receiving a diploma in that subject in 1924. He pursued formal academic work later in his life as well, receiving in 1937 a B.S. in education, and a M.A. in education in 1940, both from New York University. Thereafter, he received an M.F.A. from Columbia in 1955. In addition, he studied at Harvard during the summers from 1937 to 1939.

Although he illustrated editions of Adelbert von Chamisso's Peter Schlemihl (1923) and Prosper Merimee's Diane de Turgis (1925), which he also translated, and had his works shown in a number of exhibitions, his hoped-for career as an artist was cut short when his elbow was shattered in a gymnasium accident. Thereafter, he spent his time writing about art more than creating it.

Bolton's first major published work in the field was Early American Portrait Painters in Miniature, a volume of brief biographical sketches of artists of the genre together with a checklist of their extant portraits. His later publications include Early American Portrait Draughtsmen in Crayons, American Book Illustrators: Bibliographic Check Lists of 123 Artists, and Ezra Ames in Albany.

Bolton served various posts in the Washington, D.C. Public Library from 1911 to 1913, the Library of Congress from 1918 to 1921, and the Brooklyn Public Library from 1924 to 1926. From 1926 until his retirement in 1958, Bolton was librarian of the Century Association in New York City.

Bolton was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society at the semiannual meeting in 1950. At the meeting a year later he read a paper printed in the Proceedings as "The Book Illustrations of Felix Octavius Carr Darley."

Upon his retirement, Bolton and his wife moved to Coconut Grove, Florida. Theodore Bolton died at his Coconut Grove home on Friday, December 7, 1973.

Subject/Index Terms

American Antiquarian Society.
Art historians - United States
Bolton, Theodore, b. 1889
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)
Cole, Timothy, 1852-1931
Daugherty, James Henry, 1889-1974
Illustrators - United States
Money - Confederate States of America.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Theodore Bolton Papers Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Separated Materials:

Helen and Theodore Bolton donated a number of books to the University of Miami Libraries, including some of Theodore Bolton's own writings and books that he illustrated:

Bolton, Theodore. American Book Illustrators. New York: R. R. Bowker company, 1938.

Spec Coll Transfer Z1023 .B71 

Dickens, Charles. Barnaby Rudge, A Tale Of The Riots Of '80. New York: The Heritage Press, 1953.

Spec Coll PR4555 .A1 1953 

Greenaway, Kate. A Christmas Letter From Kate Greenaway. New York: G. Arents, 1954.

Spec Coll NC1860 .G68 1954 

Hearn, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales. Mount Vernon, NY: The Peter Pauper Press, 1936.

Spec Coll PZ8.H35 J93 1936 

Trollope, Anthony. The Last Chronicle Of Barset. London: Smith, Elder, 1867.

Spec Coll PR5684 .L45 1867

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Mark Twain; an exhibition selected mainly from the papers belonging to the Samuel L. Clemens Estate, on deposit in the Huntington Library. San Marino, CA: 1947.

Spec Coll Z8176 .H4 

Crothers, Samuel McChord. Miss Muffet's Christmas Party. New York: G. Arents, 1957.

Spec Coll PZ7.C883 M8 1957 

Whitman, Walt. Walt Whitman's America: Being Selections From Leaves of Grass, Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days, and Portraits of Lincoln. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1964.

Spec Coll PS3204 .D37 1964

Preferred Citation: Theodore Bolton Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Beatrice Skokan, 2010.


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Folder 1: Writings on Degas (etc.), 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Typescript on Hoffman, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Typescript: "The Importance of Being Earnest", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Typescript on Van Gogh, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Typescript: "John Millington Synge, The Playboy of the Western World", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Typescript: English Book Illustrators, and An Annotated Catalogue of Books Illustrated by Rennell, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Typescript: Books on Play Production 1933-1943, An Annotated Bibliography, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reprint from the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society: "The Book Illustrations of Felix  Octavius Carr Darley", April 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publication: Miss Muffet's Christmas Party by Samuel McChord Crothers, with Illustrations by Theodore Bolton, December 25, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Research documents for English Book Illustrators, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Artwork copied by Theodore Bolton, 1861-1863, 1969, 1902-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Christmas cards, n.d., 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Christmas cards: Daugherty, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Color charts, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Drawings and printed illustrations, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Illustration by Timothy Cole, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Japanese art, 1812, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notebook: Compositions, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Notebook: Compositions, 1935 - 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photocopies of artwork by Theodore Bolton, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Sketchbook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Sketchbook, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Sketchbook, 1944-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Sketches, 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "The Wild Wild West" by James Daugherty, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "Aladdin", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Bernard Boutet de Monvel, n.d., 1921, 1926-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Bolton Ancestry, n.d., 1895, 1906, 1959, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Century Association Medallion, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Chronology & Bibliography of Theodore Bolton, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Confederate Money, 1861-1863Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence - General, 1910s - 1920s, 1940s - 1970sAdd to your cart.

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