Norman Bassett papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bassnorm
Creators:
Bassett, Norman, 1891-
Dates:
1936-1954
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
356 Items
microfilm frames
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Files on Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Rockwell Kent and Reginald Marsh containing correspondence and drafts of articles for special issues of DEMCOURIER.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Norman Bassett studied literature and art at the University of Wisconsin, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1914. In 1931 he bought the Democrat Printing Company and incorporated it as Demco Library Supplies, Inc. In 1932 Demco began publishing DEMCOURIER, primarily an advertising journal, but one which also published a variety of articles, including a special series "American Authors as Printers." In 1935 DEMCOURIER featured a Mark Twain centennial edition which proved popular, prompting Bassett to run regular issues featuring notable Americans. The first of these (1937) featured Rockwell Kent. DEMCOURIER was discontinued in 1943.
Biographical / Historical
Bassett retired from Demco in 1972, and the company was sold to George Banta Company of Menasha, Wisconsin. Bassett became a director of Banta at that time.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3684 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Norman Bassett papers were presented to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin by him in 1954 and 1974. Only a small portion of the papers were microfilmed by the Archives of American Art in 1985. A complete bound set of DEMCOURIER can be found in the Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Citation
Norman Bassett papers. Owned by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Microfilmed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication must be obtained from State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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