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.
- Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1969
- Welsh, Bigelow and Company (Organization)
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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
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Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
Goodspeed's Book Shop
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- 2015-03: Updated by Anna Lawrence, March 2015.