The William Zimmerman, Jr., Manuscripts Collection consists of two series of material. The first series is a collection of autograph materials such as correspondence by literary figures, intellectuals and politicians, including novelists R.D. Blackmore, Samuel Butler, Anatole France, Thomas Hughes, Edgar Lee Masters, and George McDonald; and statesman Harold Ickes. Photographs by Burton Holmes and Henry Greenwood Peabody are also included.
Of special interest is a fragment of a sixteenth century manuscript of a recipe for preventing contraction of the plague. This was transcribed and published with a historical description by French historian Louis Bossu in 1913. The typescript is included in this collection; the booklet is catalogued in the Georgetown University Special Collections Division.
The second series consists of printed bookplates belonging to various notable individuals, the earliest belonging to Sir Francis Knollys, statesman in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Others include William Blackstone, John Hoadly, Horace Walpole, and William Wilberforce.
An original sepia drawing by Agnes Berry for a bookplate of Anna Seymour Damer, sculptress, is also included.
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William Zimmerman, Jr., was associate commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1933 to 1950, and later, associate director of the Bureau of Land Management from 1950-1954. This collection includes three printed reports by Zimmerman on Indian rights.
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Abbreviations used in this register -
@ ACS, autograph card signed
@ ALS, autograph signed letter
@ AMs, autograph manuscript
@ AN, autograph note
@ ANS, autograph note signed
@ MSS, manuscript(s)
@ PRN, printed
@ sp. var., spelling variation
@ TLS, typed letter signed
@ TMs, typed manuscript
@ Trans., transcription
@ Transl., translation
@ Bulk dates: 1830-1900 Span dates: 1500-1967
@ Size: 0.50 linear feet; 1 box
@ Provenance: Gift of Mrs. William Zimmerman, Jr., 1980.
@ Processed by Lisette C. Matano, June 27, 1991.
BULK DATES: 1830 - 1900
SPAN DATES: 1500 - 1967
EXTENT: 1 box