Harry Lyman Koopman Collection


Harry Lyman Koopman (1860-1937 ) was librarian from 1893 to 1930. In honor of Koopman at his retirement, Philip D. Sherman, class of 1902, who had been his student, presented his collection of literature, book arts, and the history of the book to the Library. "This collection contains over 5,000 first editions and rare books, manuscripts and association items, plus prints, drawings, and broadsides. It is a rich source for the study of English literature and the growth of fine printing from the works of Caxton and Chaucer in the 15th century to William Morris and William Butler Yeats in the 19th and 20th centuries." The Koopman Collection is notable its prose fiction by Cooper, Irving, Holmes, and Melville, and for the collection of the works of Thackeray and Dickens issued in parts. Intended as a laboratory collection for the study of the art and history of the book, it includes the production of many late 19th century private presses, books issued in parts, and literary relics. Prints, Photographs, Museum objects, Specimen leaves listed in Koopman Accession book (in Archives).

Format(s): Books, Manuscripts, Broadsides, Museum Objects, Graphics
Library: John Hay

Access to the collection:

Online Catalog (JOSIAH):
Individual records for most printed materials available on JOSIAH
Koopman Collection
Josiah author search: Harry Lyman Koopman

Other Online Access:
Exhibit: Exhibit: Leaves of an Hour: Harry Lyman Koopman and Collecting

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