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Albert J. Caplan Collection of Limited Editions Club Records

Collection ID

SCRC 382

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Collection Summary

Albert J. Caplan Collection of Limited Editions Club Records


Collection ID
SCRC 382

Caplan, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1908-1994
Limited Editions Club

2 linear feet (2 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.  

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Limited Editions Club was founded in New York in 1929 by George Macy, to publish relatively small runs of illustrated editions of classic titles for club members, who pay a subscription fee to receive the books. After Macy died in 1956 his wife, Helen, ran the company. When she retired in the 1970s, she could the club to Boise Cascade, who himself sold the company in 1978. In addition to illustrations by such famous artists as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Rackham, and Norman Rockwell, the editions frequently made us of special paper, cover materials, and slip cases or boxes.

Biographical Note

Albert J. Caplan graduated from Temple University in 1929 and received a Bachelor of Laws in 1933. He was a stockbroker, Dean of the Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism, and Philadelphia bibliophile. He was active in many Philadelphia area cultural organizations, including the Library Company, International Graphic Arts Association, and Union League.

Description of Collection

The bulk of this collection is comprised of the Limited Editions Club’s monthly newsletter to subscribers, prospectuses for their yearly series of books; and monthly books descriptions of the specific books published by the club. Also included are letters to subscribers to the club as well as a few letters from the club to Albert J. Caplan, newspaper clippings, and ephemera.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036931881203811

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Albert J. Caplan Collection of Limited Editions Club Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creator has not assigned its rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.  

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Albert J. Caplan Collection of Limited Editions Club Records, SCRC 382, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Limited Editions Club Book Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Albert J. Caplan Papers, SPC MSS PP 002, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Albert J. Caplan, circa 1983.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in September 2018 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Caplan, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1908-

Corporate Names:
Limited Editions Club

Book design -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th Century
Illustration of books -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th Century
Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th Century

New York (N.Y.)

Material Types:
Booksellers’ catalogs


1          1          Correspondence          1942-1969

1          2          Correspondence          1970-1980

1          3          Correspondence          undated

1          4          Temple University Caplan Collection exhibit labels          undated

1          5          Newspaper clippings          1935-1980

1          6          Silver jubilee dinner party program          1954

1          7          Ephemera          1933-1946

1          8          Ephemera          1950-1957

1          9          Ephemera          1961-1979

1          10          Ephemera          1981-1986

1          11          Ephemera          undated

1          12          Ephemera          undated

1          13          Ephemera          undated

1          14          Monthly book description          1941-1944

1          15          Monthly book description          1944-1949

1          16          Monthly book description          1951-1955

1          17          Monthly book description          1955-1958

1          18          Monthly book description          1958-1962

1          19          Monthly book description          1962-1964

1          20          Monthly book description          1964-1967

1          21          Monthly book description          1967-1970

1          22          Monthly book description          1971-1975

1          23          Monthly book description          1975-1980

1          24          Monthly newsletter          October 1929-September 1933

1          25          Monthly newsletter          January 1936-November 1941

1          26          Monthly newsletter          December 1941-July 1943

1          27          Monthly newsletter          August 1943-July 1945

2          1          Monthly newsletter          August 1945-February 1950

2          2          Monthly newsletter          March 1950-April 1953

2          3          Monthly newsletter          May 1953-July 1956

2          4          Monthly newsletter          August 1956-November 1958

2          5          Monthly newsletter          December 1958-April 1961

2          6          Monthly newsletter          May 1961-December 1963

2          7          Monthly newsletter          January 1964-December 1965

2          8          Monthly newsletter          January 1966-November 1968

2          9          Monthly newsletter          December 1968-July 1971

2          10          Monthly newsletter          September 1971-August 1974

2          11          Monthly newsletter          September 1974-August 1975

2          12          Monthly newsletter          September 1975-October 1976

2          13          Monthly newsletter          November 1976-January 1984

2          14          Prospectus          1940-1944

2          15          Prospectus          1944-1949

2          16          Prospectus           1951-1956

2          17          Prospectus           1957-1963

2          18          Prospectus           1963-1968

2          19          Prospectus           1968-1974

2          20          Prospectus           1974-1983

2          21          Four Decades of the Limited Editions Club: A Price Guide          1985