COLLECTION GUIDES

2002-2023

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Ticknor Society records are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

This collection includes digital and audiovisual material that is currently unavailable to researchers. This material will be made available at a later date.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the records of the Ticknor Society, a Boston-area organization of book collectors, booksellers, librarians, historians, archivists, conservators, printers, publishers, writers, and all lovers and readers of books.

Historical Sketch

The Ticknor Society, founded in 2002, is an organization of book collectors, booksellers, librarians, historians, archivists, conservators, printers, publishers, writers, and all lovers and readers of books. The society is dedicated to the enjoyment, promotion, and support of books and book culture.

The society is named for George Ticknor (1791-1871) and his daughter Anna Eliot Ticknor (1823-1896). George Ticknor was a prominent Boston collector, scholar, and library supporter. His collection of Spanish literature is at the Boston Public Library. Anna Eliot Ticknor was an early member of the Massachusetts Library Commission (founded in 1890, the first state library commission in the United States) and an active promoter of literacy for all. Both father and daughter were instrumental in making books widely accessible in Massachusetts.

Members of the Ticknor Society gather approximately six to eight times a year to socialize with friends and colleagues, listen to and present papers, share information and research, take workshops, and spread good cheer. Programs include lectures, collectors' roundtables, visits to exhibitions and private collections, behind-the-scenes tours of area libraries, and workshops. There is an annual meeting with a featured speaker.

Membership in the Ticknor Society is open to anyone who loves and appreciates books. The society is a member of the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), an organization of similar book-loving societies throughout the United States. Membership in the Ticknor Society includes FABS privileges, such as the FABS newsletter, published twice a year, and invitations to the annual Bibliophilic Tour and Symposium and other FABS events.

Collection Description

The Ticknor Society records consist of material summarizing all activities of the society; administrative and legal records, including founding documents and society meeting minutes; publicity records, including documentation of the official website; financial records; records documenting specific events or society-sponsored activities; and realia.

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed, and the guide may be revised in the future. Additions are expected.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Shannon Struble on behalf of the Ticknor Society, June 2023.

Restrictions on Access

The Ticknor Society records are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or reference@masshist.org.

This collection includes digital and audiovisual material that is currently unavailable to researchers. This material will be made available at a later date.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. General records, 2002-2023

Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 1
By-laws
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 2
Elections
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 3-4
Board correspondence and meeting minutes, 2002-2003
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 5
Board meeting at MHS, 21 May 2003
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 6-8
Board meetings, 2004-2006
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 9
Board correspondence and meeting minutes, 2007
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 10-15
Board meetings, 2011-2023
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 16
Board list and information
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 17
Publicity and website
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 18
Newsletter/web links
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 19
Ticknor Society history (general)

II. Financial records, 2005-2014

Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 20
Treasurer annual reports
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 21
Tax-exempt certificate
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 22
Non-profit status
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 23
Bank statements and receipts
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 24-26
Expenses and statements, 2005-2007
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 27
Income tax returns, 2007-2009
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 28-30
Expenses and statements, 2008-2010
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 31
Income tax return, 2010
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 32
Donations to General Fund, FY10
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 33
Expenses and statements, 2011
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 34
Income tax return, 2011
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 35
Donations to General Fund, FY11
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 36
Expenses and statements, 2012
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 37
Income tax return, 2012
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 38
Donations to General Fund, FY12
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 39
Expenses and statements, 2013
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 40
Income tax return, 2013
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 41
Donations to General Fund, 2013
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 42
Expenses and statements, 2014
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 43
Income tax return, 2014
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 44
Donations to General Fund, 2014
Carton 1SH 1B8AFolder 45
Correspondence re: wire fraud

III. Events, 2002-2019

Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 1
Compiled lists of events
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 2
Possible event - digitization
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 3-5
Events, 2002-2004
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 6
Book Fair - "Premium," 2004
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 7-8
Events, 2005-2006
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 9
Book Fair - Collectors' Roundtable, 18 November 2006
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 10-11
Events, 2007-2008
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 12
Events lists, 2009
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 13
Events, 2009
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 14-15
Events lists, 2010-2011
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 16
BPL - Civil War map exhibit tour, 18 October 2011
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 17-19
Events, 2011-2013
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 20
Collectors' Roundtable, 16 November 2013
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 21
"Caring for Your Collection," 27 January 2014
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 22-23
Events, 2014-2015
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 24
Collectors' Roundtable, 29 October 2016
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 25-28
Events, 2016-2019

FABS 2012

Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 29
Previous FABS meetings
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 30
Planning Committee meetings
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 31-32
Planning
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 33
Prospectus (planning)
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 34
Planning Committee, 8 March 2012
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 35-36
FABS, 6-10 June 2012
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 37
Symposium - planning
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 38
Symposium - speakers
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 39
Symposium - speakers confirmed
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 40
Budgets
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 41
General support
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 42
Sponsorship opportunities
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 43
Sheraton
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 44
Godine collection tour
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 45
Attendees
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 46
Dinner
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 47
Name badges
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 48
Designers
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 49
Booksellers Showcase
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 50
Program booklet - planning
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 51
Program booklet - advertising, etc.
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 52
Mock-up program booklet
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 53
Program booklet - final
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 54
10th anniversary keepsake
Folder OS
Oversize poster, 8 June 2012Stored onsite at Ms. N-2662.
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 55-56
Movable Book Symposium, 2016
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 57
Promotional signs/posters
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 58-59
Book Fair, 2005-2006
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 60-64
Book Fair, 2008-2012
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 65
MARIAB, May 2013
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 66-67
Book Fair, 2013-2014
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 68
Library history seminar - Simmons College, 2015
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 69-70
Book Fair, 2015-2016
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 71
Book Fair - extra signs
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 72
Book Fair - background information on Ticknor Society
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 73
Fabric samples, stencils, and images for quilt
Carton 2SH 1B8BFolder 74
Ticknor Collecting Prize entries

IV. Membership, 2006-2013

Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 1
FABS
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 2
Membership lists
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 3-5
Membership brochures, 2006-2009
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 6-7
Membership brochures - Book Fair, 2009-2010
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 8
Palm card, ca. 2012
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 9
Membership brochures, 2013
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 10
Membership forms, including Book Fair, 2009-2010
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 11
Membership forms and renewals, 2011
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 12
Membership forms and brochures

V. Publications, 2012-2022

Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 13
The Ticknor Society 2002-2012: A Tenth Anniversary Keepsake, 2012
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 14
Keepsake solicitations, 2012
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 15
The Enemies of Books, by William Blades, 2014
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 16
Curiosities of the Ticknor Society: Contributions from Members, 2014-2015, 2015
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 17
"The Best Bibliograph I Have Met With": George Ticknor Visits Monticello, 1815, edited by Jeremy B. Dibbell (2016 keepsake)
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 18
Anna Eliot Ticknor & The Society to Encourage Studies at Home, by Marie Oedel and Cheryl Mariolis (2018 keepsake)
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 19
2019 keepsake
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 20
2020 keepsake
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 21
2022 keepsake
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 22
Miscellaneous advertising
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 23
"Ticknor Society - Bailey files"
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 24
FABS with Ticknor blurbs
Carton 3SH 1B8CFolder 25-26
Miscellaneous printed material

VI. Realia, 2009

Carton 3SH 1B8C
Ticknor Society book darts
Carton 3SH 1B8C
Two origami balls made by Cynthia Fields-Belanger at the Boston Book Fair, 2009
Carton 3SH 1B8C
Printing block made by Annie Silverman for Ticknor Society program, 11 February 2009, with print on fabric

Preferred Citation

Ticknor Society records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Organizations:

Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies.

Subjects:

Books and reading--Massachusetts--Boston.
Books and reading--Social aspects.
Boston (Mass.)--Societies, etc.
Clubs--Massachusetts--Boston.