Collection ID: LMC 2430
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Collection context

Summary

Abstract:
The Adomeit mss., 2000 BCE - 1995 CE, consists of miniature manuscripts collected by Ruth Elizabeth Adomeit, 1910-1996.
Extent:
172 items
Language:
English , French , Latin , Arabic , Akkadian
Preferred citation:

[Item], Adomeit mss., 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:

The collection consists of miniature manuscripts collected by Ruth Adomeit and includes clay tablets, a 14th century miniature Magna Carta, medieval works, Korans, both old and modern, and contemporary calligraphic works done by friends for Adomeit. The Numbered Series consists of Single leaves and fragments beginning with 34. Series A consists of manuscripts in mostly chronological order, beginning with 1800. Series B consists of undated manuscripts. Series C consist of Korans.

Acquisition information:
Gift: 1996
Arrangement:

The items are arranged chronologically when possible, and by theme or content in some cases.

Physical location:
Lilly - Vault 2

Indexed Terms

Subjects:
Law
Religion
Names:
Adomeit, Ruth E.

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.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Adomeit mss., 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