William Dean notebooks

Summary

Creator: Dean, William
Date(s): 1874-1878
Call Number: MSS 0195
Language: Materials in English.
Abstract: The William Dean notebooks are a collection of twelve small autograph booklets of notes, summaries, and transcriptions from numerous books and catalogues pertaining to watercolor painting or heraldry. Created during the 1870s or 1880s, the booklets are Dean's working notes on these two topics.
Physical Description: 12 items (342 pages)
Source: Purchase, 1986.
Processing: Processed by Anita A. Wellner, April 1993. Encoded by Thomas Pulhamus, March 2010. Further encoding by Lauren Connolly, January 2016, and Tiffany Saulter, May 2016.

Biographical and Historical Notes

William Dean was a graduate of Columbia University in 1855. In 1859 he became a law associate of Judge William Warburton Scrugham, in Yonkers, New York. His legal specialty was real estate, and for many years he provided legal counsel for Mutual Life Insurance Company. After his retirement he pursued his scientific, literary, artistic interests. He died on January 17, 1919 at the age of 85.

The topics of the notebooks in this collection indicate that two of Dean's interests were watercolor painting and the study of heraldry.

Sources

"William Dean." The New York Times. January 18, 1919. p.11.

Scope and Content Note

The William Dean notebooks are a collection of twelve small autograph booklets of notes, summaries, and transcriptions from numerous books and catalogues pertaining to watercolor painting or heraldry. Created during the 1870s or 1880s, the booklets are Dean's working notes on these two topics. Eleven of the booklets provide notes from books which describe the techniques for painting with watercolors. One booklet is comprised of notes from four different volumes on aspects of Heraldry. The collection also includes a one-page list of colors removed from Dean's copy of A Descriptive Handbook of Modern Water-colour Pigments by J. Scott Taylor.

The William Dean notebooks were originally part of a University of Delaware Library acquisition which included art books from Dean's personal library. Several of these books have been transferred to the printed collections of Special Collections, and other books were added to the general stacks. A partial list of books from the Dean acquisition, in particular some of those books which were sources for Dean's notes, is included with this finding aid.

The notebooks are arranged alphabetically by title.

Using these materials

Shelving Summary

  • Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

MSS 0195, William Dean notebooks, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Materials Cataloged Separately

The William Dean notebooks were originally part of a University of Delaware Library acquisition which included art books from Dean's personal library. Several of these books have been transferred to the printed collections of Special Collections, and other books were added to the general stacks. A partial list of books from the Dean acquisition, in particular some of those books which were sources for Dean's notes, is included with this finding aid.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, https://library.udel.edu/spec/askspec/

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Arrangement

The notebooks are arranged alphabetically by title.

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