Collection ID: LMC 2683
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Summary

Creator:
Adomeit, Ruth E.
Abstract:
The Adomeit mss. III, 1961-1995, consists of correspondence between miniature book collector and bibliographer Ruth Elizabeth Adomeit, 1910-1996, and James DeLancey.
Extent:
0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language:
English
Preferred citation:

[Item], Adomeit mss. III, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Background

Biographical / Historical:

Ruth Elizabeth Adomeit, 1910-1996, was a miniature book collector and bibliographer. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and worked as a secretary and research assistant in engineering, and as an elementary school teacher until her retirement. Collecting miniature books was her lifetime passion, begun with gifts from her father while she was at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She edited Miniature Book Collector, a quarterly publication which consisted of eight issues, plus an index, from 1960 to 1962. Following the demise of this publication, she and other miniature book enthusiasts founded the Miniature Book Society, and Adomeit served as editor of the Society's newsletter for several years. Throughout this time and into the 1990s, she wrote several articles and spoke at various venues on miniature book collecting. In 1980, she completed a bibliography, Three Centuries of Thumb Bibles (New York: Garland Pub.), the standard reference work for these books.

Scope and Content:

In addition to James DeLancey, correspondents include Rebecca Saady Bingham, the Estate of Ruth Adomeit, and The Lilly Library. A copy of Ruth Adomeit's will is included with correspondence from the Estate.

Acquisition information:
Acquired: 2009
Processing information:

Processed by Staff. Completed in 2013.

Physical location:
Lilly - Stacks

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Adomeit mss. III, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu