George A. Kubler collection,
[18--]
SIL-CH.XXXX-0020

Summary
Collection ID:
SIL-CH.XXXX-0020
Creators:
Kubler, George A., 1876-1943.
Dates:
[18--]
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
66,000 items
39 vertical file drawers
Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
Collection consists ofapproximately 66,000, high quality engravings collected by Kubler from European and American books and periodicals dating almost exclusively from the 19th century.Portraits and city views document the social history and material culture of the period. Specific topics covered include archery, boxing, funerals, irrigation, milk, peddlers, riots, stenography, volcanos, and wrecks, among others. Among the publications from which illustrations were removed are Harper's weekly, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Puck, Illustrated London News, and King's New York City Views. Dates Kubler noted on the individual items are the dates on which the illustrations appeared in the publication from which they were extracted, not the date of the events or subjects being documented. Each print is mounted on tissue. Folders marked by a red circle indicate extremely rare prints.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
File folders are numbered, but not according to chronology. Cross-references between numbers and subjects are available using the card catalog.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Stereographer and collector. George A. Kubler was born in Ohio in 1876. He was the founder and president of the Certified Dry Mat Corporation in New York City. The firm made stereotype matrices and initiated the process of rotary press printing of newspapers. Kubler was particularly interested in illustrations in magazines and newspapers.
This collection is the product of his avid interest in print collecting and cataloging. To create this collection, Kuler gathered European and American books and periodicals dating almost exclusively from the 19th century from which he removed the illustrations, most of which were wood and steel engravings. In addition, Kuler was the author of five books on stereotyping and stereotypes.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Unrestricted research use onsite by appointment. Permission of staff required to photograph materials.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
An extensive, 24-drawer card catalog is arranged by subject.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kubler, George A., 1876-1943. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engraving--Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engravings collectors Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrated books--History--19th century--Sources Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrated periodicals--History--19th century--Sources Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steel plate engravings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wood engravings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Libraries
Smithsonian Libraries
P.O. Box 37012
NMAH 1041, MRC 672
Washington, DC, 20013-7012
Phone: (202) 633-3872
AskaLibrarian@si.edu