Pages from the Past: original leaves from rare books and manuscripts
Scope and Contents
Pages from the Past leaf books were sold as six different collections with three different releases (18 total sets were sold in editions of varying numbers) between 1964-1966. These were all compiled and sold by the Washington DC-based dealer, Alfred W. Stites of Foliophiles, Inc., who had dismembered original printings and manuscripts specifically for the purpose of selling them in these "portfolio sets", as he referred to them. Western Michigan University Libraries is one of a number of institutions who obtained a set. WMU's set was donated by Mrs. Donald Gilmore of Kalamazoo and is from the first release of 1964, Set I: "The History of the Written Word", numbered 10 in an edition of 20. It contains 149 items, which include a Babylonian cuneiform tablet, leaves of handwritten manuscript codices, as well as leaves of incunabula, Hand Press Period books and newspapers, as well as nineteenth century books. The materials in this collection date from between 2500 BCE and 1894 CE.
- 2500 BCE-1894 CE
- Other: Majority of material found in Bulk 1500-1800 CE
Conditions Governing Access
WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.
Language of Materials
Primarily individual leaves from European or Near Eastern manuscripts or printed books, but also contains leaves from newspapers, pamphlets, as well as several ancient Near and Middle Eastern artifacts, including a Babylonian cuneiform tablet and cylinder seal.
Method of Acquisition
Donated by Mrs. Donald Gilmore.
Consists of four custom-made, tray-style archival boxes (approximately 8 linear feet) containing loose leaves in Melinex sleeves or encased artifacts. Each item is accompanied by the vendor's original description.
- Pages from the Past Finding Aid
- Original leaves from rare books and manuscripts
- Laura Cook and Neil Chase
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description