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Duncan Emrich autograph album collection, 1843-1956

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The following eight albums were donated by Mrs. Orville B. Craig. Albums from the same location and period were also donated by Mrs. Neva Ruth Dye, below.
Most of these albums have several entries from Independence, Iowa.
ITEM 1 Steinmetz, Carrie L. C., 1879
A 4 x 2.5-in. cardboard-bound album with illustrated cover. Earliest inscription dated September 29, 1879. The inner cover is inscribed, "Carrie L. C. Steinmetz." The earliest inscriptions are apparently for a young woman going away to school ("Study hard and accomplish much"). Inscriptions in English, with one in German.
ITEM 2 Hale, Fannie R., 1879
A 7.5 x 4.75-in. black leather-bound album embossed with gold and silver pheasant pattern and Chinese calligraphy on the spine, belonging to Fannie R. Hale. Earliest inscription dated October 25, 1879, and most inscriptions are from various towns in Iowa. Many calligraphic embellishments and illustrations throughout; most are apparently by Fannie Hale. Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 3 Wehls, Emma, 1880
A 7 x 4.25-in. blue cloth-bound album embossed with fan design in silver, black, and gold belonging to Emma Wehls. Earliest entry dated September 29, 1880. Inscriptions in English and German.
ITEM 4 Steinmetz, Martha, 1881
A 7.75 x 5-in. dark green album with raised and embossed stag head on the cover belonging to Miss Martha Steinmetz. Earliest entry dated December 23, 1881. Inscriptions in English and German.
ITEM 5 Habel, Johnnie, 1882
A 7 x 4-in. light brown, cloth-bound album embossed in silver and dark brown belonging to Johnnie [Johann?] Habel. Earliest entry from Chicago dated February 22, 1882. Inscriptions in English and German.
ITEM 6 Steinmetz, George, 1883
A 6 x 4-in. brown album with raised and embossed color illustrations of birds belonging to George Steinmetz. Earliest entry dated April 3, 1883. The penmanship of the signature of the owner indicates that the album belonged to a child. Color illustrations of butterflies inside. Inscriptions are primarily in English and German, with one inscription in Greek.
ITEM 7 [Steinmetz?], Martha, 1883
A 7 x 4.25-in. grey, cloth-bound album embossed in black and gold belonging to Martha [Steinmetz?]. Earliest entry dated August 10, 1883. Quotations from famous persons are printed in gold ink on left-hand pages. Inscriptions in English and German.
ITEM 8 Steinmetz, Carrie, 1884
A 7 x 4.5-in. red velvet album belonging to Miss Carrie Steinmetz. First inscription dated February 14, 1884. Several penciled drawings, one is a detailed drawing of pansies and a cross signed "Allie," opposite an inscription from Alice Blood. Inscriptions in English and German, most from Independence, Iowa.
The following three albums were apparently donated by Neva Ruth Dye (Mrs. L. M. Dye) of Independence, Iowa. In a letter found with the collection, Mrs. Dye says she is donating "these albums" (more than one), but no albums are marked as having been donated by her. All the other albums, with the exception of the loose album pages, either have known donors or were marked as having been donated anonymously. So, it is likely that these three unmarked albums, all German-American and all with entries from Independence, Iowa, were donated by Mrs. Dye.
These albums are from the same location and period as the albums donated by Mrs. Craig and have many signatures in common with them.
ITEM 9 Zinn, Pauline, dark red leather album, 1879
A 7 x 4.25-in. dark red album embossed with gold and silver drawing of pheasants and Chinese calligraphy on the spine belonging to Miss Pauline Zinn. The earliest inscription is from Independence, Iowa, dated April 3, 1879. Inscriptions in English and German. No donor noted, probably Mrs. Dye.
ITEM 10 Zinn, Pauline, "Floral Album," 1879
A 7 x 4.25-in. red, cloth-bound album belonging to Miss Pauline Zinn, earliest entry from Independence, Iowa, dated April 7, 1879. Cover inscription in gold, "Floral Album." Inside are color illustrations of flowers. Inscriptions in English and German. No donor noted, probably Mrs. Dye.
ITEM 11 Wackerbarth, Carrie, 1891
A 7.75 x 5-in. dark red, paper-bound album with gold embossed cover featuring a color lithograph of a woman with a parasol. Inscriptions are addressed to Carrie Wackerbarth. Earliest inscription dated March 10, 1891, Independence, Iowa. Inscriptions in English and German. No donor noted. The inscription signed "your sister Neva" gives reason to believe this album was donated by Mrs. Dye.
ITEM 12 Album pages, 1843
One set of 9 unattached 6 x 7.5-in. album pages containing poetry and printed pictures. Anonymous donation. Two circular cutouts of illustrations are among the pages. These pages appear to be from the same album. One poem is addressed to "Sarah." The earliest inscription is marked "Norwich, Oct. 2nd, 1843." No other locations are given. Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 13 Deatherage, Dora, 1880
A 5.5 x 3-in. dark red album embossed with silver, belonging to Dora Deatherage. Inscription in the front dated October 9, 1880, reads, "Presented to Miss Dora Deatherage by Cecil L. Rogers, Waverly, Illinois." Some later entries are addressed to "Mrs. Rogers." The donor is unknown but may have been the owner or a relative. The postmarked envelope, with a return address in Springfield, Illinois, was included with the album, which Dr. Emrich marked "no name." Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 14 Theis, Ethel Anna, 1868
A 7 x 4-in. brown, cloth-bound "Scenery Album" with silver embossed cover donated by Ethel Anna Theis of Minier, Illinois. Inscription inside front cover reads, "This album belonged to my mother, Anna Aretta Lee Robertson (Theis). Aug. 8, 1868; April 30, 1942. Ethel Anna Theis, Minier, Illinois." Earliest inscription dated June 27, 1881. Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 15 Danforth, Nettie Browning, 1882
A 7 x 8.25-in. dark red album embossed with gold and silver, belonging to Nettie Browning Danforth of Charleston, Missouri. Dated August 29, 1882. Notations of births and deaths of Danforth relatives noted inside front cover. Notes by signatures indicate relationship to the owner, dates of death, and comments about the person: "Lived to over 100 years old. Brilliant to the end," and so on. Includes a few drawings, one photograph. Two pages pasted together conceal texts on both. Donated by Grace D. Danforth of Charleston, Missouri, in 1955. Inscriptions primarily in English, with one inscription in Greek.
ITEM 16 Harper, Samuel A., 1883
A 3.75 x 2.5-in. dark red album with a raised and embossed cover in gold and pink showing a vase of flowers, belonging to Samuel A. Harper of Merrit Island, Florida, inscribed "Sammie Harper, Bronson, Mich." Earliest inscription dated December 26, 1883. Donated by Mr. Harper in 1955. Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 17 Epstein, Clara, 1893
A 6.5 x 4.5-in. album originally belonging to Miss Clara Epstein from Aurora, Indiana, dated October 16, 1893, donated by H. Speier. Brown leather cover in poor condition. Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 18 Smith, Anne M. S., 1901
A 7.5 x 9-in. blue, cloth-bound album embossed with gold, with mauve and green flower design. Titled "Forget-Me-Not: A Floral Album." Several inscription locations indicate they were collected in Northern Germany. One page near the center of the album is glued over another. Examination on a light table shows a slightly risque verse beneath. Earliest inscription, July 13, 1901. Donated by the original owner, Anne M. S. Smith of New York, New York. Inscriptions in English and German.
ITEM 19 Brett, Marie Helen, 1909
A 6.5 x 4.25-in. album with brown velvet binding and plastic lithographed cover, dated February 22, 1909. "Marie Helen Brett" is written on the back page; perhaps the name of the owner. The inscriptions are also addressed to "May" or "Mae." Donated by James Reilly, dated 1909. Inscriptions in English.
ITEM 20 Dubois, Paula S. (Mrs. George W.), 1923
A 3.75 x 5.5-in. booklet-style greeting card from Paula S. (Mrs. George W.) Dubois of Highmount, New York. She notes it was given to her in 1923. Inscriptions in English.

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