Ex Libris Collection: Seattle Art Museum Libraries

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Ex Libris Collection: Seattle Art Museum Libraries


Artists' Bookplates
Agricultural Bookplates
Animals in Bookplates
Heraldic Bookplates
Library Bookplates
Music in Bookplates
Scenic Bookplates
Women in Bookplates


This collection is one of the Seattle Art Museum Libraries' hidden collections. Rather than a standalone bookplate--or ex libris--collection, these works were all found in situ inside books. These little gems are works of art themselves and give us important information about a book's ownership, purpose, and the journey each made to eventually reach the Seattle Art Museum Libraries.

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Katherine Robbie, Joel Irving, Elizabeth Tegeler, and Traci Timmons


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


Katherine Robbie
Joel Irving
Elizabeth Tegeler
Traci Timmons








19th - 21st century

Alternative Title

Bookplate Collection: Seattle Art Museum Libraries

Collection Items

States: "Mendlen". Personal bookplate for an individual named (possible last name) of Mendlen.

Ex Libris [James M. Moroney Jr.]
States: "Ex Libris [possibly] James M. Moroney Jr."; depicts a man in colonial attire on a horse; framed border. Possible personal bookplate for James M. Moroney Jr., a Dallas business man who helped create the Belo Corporation, one of the country’s…

The Book of Phila Calder Nye
States: "The Book of Phila Calder Nye No."; greek letters, decorative border with flowers. Personal bookplate for Phila Calder Nye, an art historian and one-time director of the Index of Christian Art.

Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, New York, In Memory of Betty Heindel
States: "Pratt Institute Library Brooklyn New York In Memory of Betty Heindel"; double-lined border. Presentation bookplate for the Pratt Institute Library in memory of Betty Heindel.

Ronald Walter Graham Kerr
States: "Ronald Walter Graham Kerr"; depicts multiple crests, underwater scene with fish and sea life, above water scene with a boat and mountains in the distance, includes shields and other creatures and symbols. Personal bookplate for the artist of…

Dr. Oscar Troplowitz Ex Libris
States: "Dr. Oscar Troplowitz Ex Libris"; depicts lady with harp walking towards the entrance of a building, bird on top of the harp, monkey with a cornucopia, owl with a chalice and snake. Personal bookplate for Dr. Oscar Troplowitz. Dr. Troplowitz,…

Denver Public Library, From the Library of William E. Porter, 1959 | From the Library of William E. Porter, 1959
States: "Denver Public Library"; annotated: "From the Library of William E. Porter 1959"; decorated border. Bookplate for the Denver Public Library. William E. Porter was a Denver area businessman and supporter of libraries, also providing funds for…

Property of the Earlville Public Library, 1915…
States: "Property Of The Earlville Public Library 1915 No…"; double-lined border. Bookplate for the Earlville Public Library (possibly of East Saint Louis, Illinois).

Rittenhouse Club Philadelphia, Class 730.91, Book T12
States: "Rittenhouse Club Philadelphia"; annotated: "Class 730.91 Book T12"; double-lined border. Bookplate from the Rittenhouse Club, a social club founded in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1875, created for businessmen, intellectuals and artists.

Ex Libris C.C. Cunningham
States: "Ex Libris C.C. Cunningham". Personal bookplate for Charles C. Cunningham, 1910-1979, who was director of the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1946-1966 and credited with turning the Wadsworth into a fully developed art museum. He went on to be the…
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