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Collection Overview

Creator:
Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939 and Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection of Papal Seals
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/8336h454s
Dates:
1484-1903
Size:
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
Language:
Latin

Abstract

This collection consists of twelve lead papal seals, ranging in dates from the 15th century to the late 19th and early 20th century.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

This collection consists of twelve papal seals, including seals for Pope Paul III and Pope Urban VIII. Papal seals were made of lead instead of sealing wax. They were attached to the bottom of documents by chords and called bullas, which caused papal documents to be referred to as papal bulls. The seals were collected by Ernest Cushing Richardson, a former University Librarian.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ernest Cushing Richardson (1860-1939) was an American librarian, theologian and scholar who made significant contributions to the field of American librarianship. He was the University Librarian for Princeton University from 1890 to 1925, and during his tenure invented a new cataloging system that was specific to the Princeton library, often called the "Princeton system" or the "Richardson system". In 1925, Richardson became consultant to the Library of Congress. He died in Switzerland in 1939.

Ernest Cushing Richardson (1860-1939) was an American librarian, theologian and scholar who made significant contributions to the field of American librarianship. He was the University Librarian for Princeton University from 1890 to 1925, and during his tenure invented a new cataloging system that was specific to the Princeton library, often called the "Princeton system" or the "Richardson system". In 1925, Richardson became consultant to the Library of Congress. He died in Switzerland in 1939.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Ernest Cushing Richardson (AM 2017-142).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated from the collection during 2017 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in April 2017. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in April 2017.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection of Papal Seals; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/8336h454s
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184