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Melbert B. Cary Jr. collection

Identifier: CSC-0025

Scope and Contents

The Melbert B. Cary Jr. collection consists of material by and about Mr. Cary, including offprints of writings about him and his press and by him on type and playing cards from American and German journals (1928-1938), and information about his playing card collection in the Yale University Library (1937-1986). Also included are Cary's copies of Yale alumni books with addresses of his classmates (1926 and 1936), photographs of him and him with his mother Julia Metcalf Cary, a get-well card designed by Fritz Kredel and signed by members of the Typophiles (1941), and a letter of introduction for Hans Alexander Müller to Arthur W. Rushmore (1937). Box 2 contains writings by Cary's father, Melbert B. Cary Sr., on the Connecticut state constitution (1895-1901).


  • Creation: 1895 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers

Biographical information on Melbert B. Cary

Melbert Brinkerhoff Cary Jr. (1892-1941) was born in New York, educated at Groton School and Yale University (Class of 1916), and died in New York. He was director of Continental Type Founders Association, president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and proprietor of the private Press of the Woolly Whale.


.63 Linear Feet (2 boxes)





The collection contains material by and about Melbert B. Cary Jr., and includes writings, scholarship on type and playing cards, Yale alumni books, photographs, correspindence, as well as writings by Melbert B. Cary Sr.

Physical Location

Cary stacks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, 1969; gift of Edward S. Bentley, 1974; gift of Judith Kredel Brown, 1987.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Cary staff, date unknown. Finding aid was encoded by Ella von Holtum in April 2020.

Melbert B. Cary Jr. collection
In Progress
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Ella von Holtum
April 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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