Bertha Stuart Collection, 1996-2002 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database
This collection contains Barbara Adams Hebard’s research on Bertha Stuart, a book cover designer active at the beginning of the twentieth century. Hebard gathered this material with the intent of writing a biography about Stuart. The research became the basis for an exhibit of Stuart’s designs that was featured in the Rare Books Department of the Boston Public Library entitled “A Fixed Rule of Design: The Book Art of Bertha Stuart”. The catalog for the exhibit, Hebard’s correspondence with historical societies, museums, and Stuart’s family as well as correspondence between Stuart and Henry Holt, her employer, is included.
Also included are photocopies of Stuart's sketchbooks and book covers; photographs of Stuart, her book plates, and her watercolors; and information on Stuart’s contemporaries Julie Pratt, Margaret Law, and Anna Belle Crocker.