Clarence John Laughlin Scrapbooks, Mss. 5010
The Clarence John Laughlin scrapbooks comprise Victorian era scrapbooks collected by Laughlin. Items in this collection are not scrapbooks created by Clarence John Laughlin. Most of the scrapbooks are American with collage images and ephemera dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Scrapbooks feature visual materials. This includes fine examples of American and French printing and chromolithography. Materials feature a wide variety of printed Victorian die cuts. Items include examples of embossed paper, lace-paper design, and movable book elements.
Scrapbooks contain various printed materials arranged in unique collages. Materials include ephemera, holiday and greeting cards, travel cards and postcards, advertising cards, printed luxury labels, magazine clippings, fashion illustrations, and printed die cuts. Scrapbooks 7 and 17 feature French printing.
Finding aid for the collection can be found here.
Featured elements within the collection include the following:
Chromolithography is a printing method used to make multi-color prints. This method is a variation of lithography, which uses a series of stones, or metal plates, to print each color separately. Development of the first chromolithographs originated in Europe circa 1830. William Sharp printed the first American chromolithograph in 1840. Before the century’s end, chromolithography was the primary method for commercial printing. Examples from the Laughlin Scrapbooks include die cuts, greeting cards, labels, and advertising cards.
Victorian Die Cuts/Scraps
Scraps are a type of die cut chromolithograph often collected and featured in Victorian scrapbooks. Die cut scraps are factory cut into various shapes and sizes, and often embossed to accentuate the printed imagery. Common imagery depicts women, children, angels, animals, and plant life.
Movable Book Elements and Collage
Movable book elements include pop-up valentines, overlapping transformation prints, and one handmade volvelle. Collage methods vary with each scrapbook. The collection showcases a range of technical styles and imaginative compositions. Collage was a popular creative medium in the Victorian era proliferated by an increase in available ephemera and printed materials.
Information on book arts, lithography, and related holdings can be found in the BOOK ARTS COLLECTION LibGuide.
Recommended reading from the Laughlin Book Collection:
The democratic art: chromolithography 1840-1900 : pictures for a 19th-century America / Peter C. Marzio, 1979.
NE2500 .M36 Laughlin
The color revolution: color lithography in France, 1890-1900 / Phillip Dennis Cate and Sinclair Hamilton Hitchings, 1978.
NE2500 .C37 Laughlin
Victorian book design and colour printing / Ruari McLean, 1972.
Z116 .A3 M25 1972 Laughlin
Printer's progress; a comparative survey of the craft of printing, 1851-1951 / Charles Rosner, 1951.
Z244 .R77 1951A Laughlin
History of collage: an anthology of collage, assemblage and event structures / Eddie Wolfram, 1975.
N6494 .C6 W64 1975 Laughlin
Collage, montage, assemblage: history and contemporary techniques / Norman Laliberté and Alex Mogelon, 1971.
N6494 .C6 L3 1971 Laughlin
Collage: a complete guide for artists / Anne Brigadier, 1970.
N6494 .C6 B7 1970 Laughlin