Institutional holdings are listed in the following catagories:
Major Research Collections
Arizona State University-Tempe,
Special Collections, University Libraries
(Hayden Library). Arizona State houses one of the most extensive
collections of Mosher imprints and related material. The nearly complete
collection of books in first and later editions and variants, covers
69.5 linear feet, including books from Mosher's library. Dr. Nicholas
Salerno, in tandem with the Head of Special Collections, Marilyn
Wurzburger, were the vigilant assemblers of the collection. In
there are also housed publishing materials, book lists, catalogue
order forms, reviews, correspondence, financial records, estate and
legal papers, personal items, photographs, and other memorabilia
covering the period 1893-1929 (a list of this material is available).
The manuscript material is the result of a gift from Thomas Bird Mosher,
Jr. in 1970, and the purchase of a collection assembled by Oliver Sheean
augmented the collection in 1985. The collection also has a number of
Mosher books in fine bindings.
The Houghton Library.
In 1948 Oliver C. Sheean gave
The Houghton Library over
1,650 manuscript items from The Mosher Press.
This vast collection includes material relating to the mock Italian
operetta, Il Pesceballo, by Francis James Child and James Russell Lowell,
material relating to the controversy over charges of publishing piracy,
and material on Mosher's literary magazine, The Bibelot. Correspondents
represented by 15 or more items include James Lane Allen, George F. R.
Anderson, Lucie Elizabeth (Page) Borden, Gordon Bottomley, William
Aspenwall Bradley, William Stanley Braithwaite, Mrs. M. N. Dana ("Paul
Allan"), Ernestine Louise Foster, Katherine (Tynan) Hinkson, Richard
Charles Jackson, Mitchell Kennerley, Walter E. Ledger, Richard
LeGallienne, John Loder, Edward McCurdy, Christopher S. Millard (Stuart
Mason), Louise (Chandler) Moulton, Grace Fallow Norton, William Marion
Reedy, Lizette Woodworth Reese, George William Russell, Elizabeth Amelia
Sharp, Clement King Shorter, Edith Matilda Thomas, and Anne Montgomerie
Traubel. The Houghton and other university libraries at Harvard
collectively house about 585 of the Mosher books (492 from 1891-1923 and
University of San Francisco,
Donahue Rare Book Room at
The Richard A. Gleeson Library. The rare book room houses the vast
majority of the
Norman A. Strouse
Collection. Strouse assembled one of the
finest Mosher collections, and purchased the personal papers and
manuscripts kept by Harrison Hume Mosher (Mosher's oldest son). Included
with these papers are many photographs, correspondence, copyright receipts
and assignments, Mosher's own poetry and essays (written under the
pseudonym Richard Charles Merrill) showing his intense literary and
intellectual activity from 1865-1871, legal documents, and typescripts.
The manuscript portion of the collection is particularly rich in material
written prior to 1875. The Mosher books cover 48 linear feet, and include
many of the Japan vellum and pure vellum copies. The collection also has a
number of Mosher books in fine bindings.
Special Collections at the Bowdoin College Library. The
Mosher Press publications, organized in order by Hatch number, take up 34
linear feet of over 600 books. There are also two folders of ephemera
related to Thomas Bird Mosher, including two of his extensive law books
catalogues which show Mosher's early ability to produce book catalogues.
Special Collections at the Merton Leland Miller Library.
There are 40 linear feet of books and other material from the Mosher
Press, including books from Mosher's library. Some of the select items
include fifteen pieces of correspondence to and from Mosher, a 30-page
notebook recording some of the books in Mosher's home library, various
checklists of the Mosher books including the Sheean Typescript (often
referred to by Hatch and Bishop) a catalogue of a collection of Mosher
books assembled by Oliver Sheean, newspaper clippings, a journal of
Mosher's Old World Series tracing the books behind the Mosher's reprints,
and numerous pieces of memorabilia related to Mosher (including
illustrations, specimen book covers, and photographs).
The Rauner Special Collections Library.
In addition to a modest selection of over 200 Mosher imprints,
the special collections contains a manuscript box of holograph and typed
material, including letters from Mosher to his wife, correspondence
relating to the settlement of his estate, a manuscript catalogue of his
library (the first page of which is pictured on p.  of the Hatch Check
List...), the preliminary designs for Mosher's edition of William Blake
XVII Designs to Thornton's Virgil (pictured on p.  of the Hatch Check
List...), two typescript lists of his publications, legal and business
papers, and photographs. There are also letters from poet Robert Frost to
Mosher, purchased from the 1948 sale of Mosher's library. Volumes I & V
(1886 & 1890) of Mosher's copy of The Century Guild Hobby Horse are also
located at Dartmouth.
Special Collections at the Upjohn Library. There are
about 550 volumes in the collection which was assembled by Robert Athol
Huston, labor attorney, poet and bibliophile. To highlight this
collection, the library sponsored a Mosher books exhibition called "A
Modern Love of Literature" from June 7-August 30, 1991.
Maine State Library,
Special Collections Department. The 36
linear feet of books includes the 14 series in both Van Gelder and Japan
vellum states, in their original boxes.
Portland Public Library,
Special Collections in the Portland Room,
has a collection of about 40 linear feet. Mosher's assistant, Flora
Lamb, provided many of these books to the library.
University of Louisville,
Rare Book Department at the University of
Louisville Library. This is the Kenneth H. Shanks Collection (Shanks was
the author of the 1976 article on Mosher in the University of
Louisville's Library Review). There are over 1,100 volumes covering 50
linear feet, and the collection includes some very rare items, e.g., one
of three copies of Verses and a Dream. There are also a few notes and
letters to or from Mosher.
University of South Florida,
Special Collections at the Library of the
University of South Florida. The library has over 615 of the Mosher
books. The basic core of the collection was privately formed by Thomas
The primary Mosher collection is part of the
Zeta Collection of the
Yale University Library System. There are also various
individual items at the Beinecke, Mudd and Sterling libraries. The
collection takes about 21 linear feet, and most of the books in this
collection carry the bookplate of Andrew Squire of Cleveland, OH, and
are marked as the Gift of Edward B. Greene Yale 1900. Others were the
gift of Miss Marie Louise Royael and Mrs. Julia Royael McCay, 1912.
Other Notable Collections
The British Library.
An on-line search of the OPAC, pre-1976
Reference Collections located 126 Mosher books, and additional 7 post-1923
Mosher books, 32 separately listed titles from The Bibelot, a set of The
Bibelot, and 3 books related to Mosher.
There are about 170 Mosher books in
the collection including some significant items in the Wing Collection (a
copy of The Garland of Rachael with related manuscript material loosely
inserted, Emilie B. Grigsby's copy of Mimes on pure vellum, and a copy of
Charles Van Cise Wheeler's unpublished bibliography of Edward Fitzgerald's
translation of The Rubáiyát (Wheeler bought Mosher's personal Rubáiyát
New York Public Library.
There are 214 Mosher entries in The New York
Public Library Catalogue of Special & Private Presses in the Rare Book
Division. Vol. II. (Boston, MA: G. K. Hall & Co., 1978). The library
also has a folder of ephemera.
Temple University, Special Collections Department of the
Temple University hosted the "Thomas Bird Mosher and the Art of
the Book" Exhibit in 1992. In addition to around 100 Mosher books and
catalogues found in the Richard W. Ellis Collection, there are numerous
letters in the Gertrude Traubel (daughter of Horace Traubel) Collection
which chronicle some of the relationships of the family with Mosher.
Mosher is also one of the prominently mentioned individuals in the
Gordon Bottomley/Constable & Co. papers.
University of British Columbia,
Special Collections (The Norman
Colbeck Collection). The number of Mosher's books in this collection is
well below the other institutions listed, but 26 Mosher books from
cited in the present bibliography. As a whole, the collection represents
one of the finest assemblages of 19th Century publications, Edwardian
poetry, and belles lettres which formed the backdrop for Mosher's tastes
and publishing efforts.
University of California - Berkeley,
The Bancroft Library.
In addition to
some of the books from the Mosher Press, there are seven of Mosher's books
on pure vellum (five of which are bound by the Club Bindery) and two
others Mosher books in outstanding bindings. These books were given to The
Bancroft Library by Norman A. Strouse.
University of Texas at Austin,
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library.
There are at least 290 Mosher books and related materials at the
HRC, including 25 volumes from Mosher's library. Some of the holdings are
located in the Christopher Morley Collection, and some are in the Edward
L. Tinker Collection.
University of Virginia,
The Clifton Waller Barrett Collection
of original letters and inscribed copies from Robert Frost to Mosher from
the original sale of Mosher's library in 1948. Several of these letters
appear in Lawrance Thompson's Selected Letters of Robert Frost. (NY,
1964). Also, the papers of William Braithwaite include Mosher
Haverford College Library. The Morley family papers in the Quaker
Collection include correspondence from Mosher to Christopher Morley.
Mount Holyoke College Library.
The Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. According to The
National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collections, there are 174 letters
covering the period 1894-1924 from Thomas Bird Mosher and others relating
to business matters and the publication of the Mosher books. This was a
gift from W. W. Clary in 1948.
Library of Congress. The papers of Horace Traubel and his wife Anne
Montgomerie Traubel include correspondence to and from Mosher.
In addition to the institutional collections listed above, there are
manuscript holdings at UCLA's Clark Memorial
Library, Haverford College, the University of Virginia, Temple University,
the University of Iowa, Cornell University, the University of Texas at
Houston, Bryn Mawr College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and at The
Library of Congress (see the entries on the National Union Catalogue on
Manuscript Collections and on RLIN & OCLC (Research Libraries Information
Network & the On-Line Computer Libraries Center) in the "Bibliography of
Thomas Bird Mosher."
Princeton University. Among the Arthur Symons Papers there are 19 letters from Arthur Symons to Thomas B. Mosher, a letter from Rhoda Symons to Mosher, and a letter from Mosher to John Quinn.
Other institutions with some Mosher holdings:
Chestnut Hill College Library
Cleveland Public Library
Duke University Library
Free Library of Philadelphia
Grosvenor Library at Buffalo
Haverford College Library
Oberlin College Library
Ohio Wesleyan University Library
Princeton University Library
Trinity College Library at Hartford, CT
University of California libraries at Los Angeles and Berkeley
University of Chicago Library
University of Cincinnati Library
University of Illinois Library
University of Michigan Library
University of Pennsylvania Library
University of Rochester Library
University of Virginia Library
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at Los Angeles.
Boston Public Library.
Columbia University Libraries.
Forbes Library in Northampton, MA.
Smith College Library in Northampton, MA.