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Welch, Bigelow and Company Collection

 Collection — Container: MS Am. 1072
Call Number: MS Am. 1072

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the printing business of Welch, Bigelow, and Company from 1867-1879 and also that of John Wilson and Son, University Printers, from 1879-1886.  Correspondents include other printing and publishing companies and individual authors either sending or requesting proof sheets and corrections, as well as other queries about printing and production.


  • 1867-86
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1969


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Welch, Bigelow, and Company was established in 1859 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1859-1879, Welch, Bigelow printed for the James R. Osgood Company who published such authors as Richard Henry Dana,  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Greenleaf Whittier, Ralph Waldo Emerson and for Harvard University. When the company failed in 1879, John Wilson bought the building and started John Wilson and Son, University Press. This company lasted until 1894 when it became a corporation.


1.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

Goodspeed's Book Shop

Processing Information

Finding aid written by the Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

Processing Information

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Revision Statements

  • 2015-03: Updated by Anna Lawrence, March 2015.

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