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File 008 - Correspondence between William Emerson and the Meriden Gravure Company, April 1942-March 1946

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DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-01-008

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Correspondence between William Emerson and the Meriden Gravure Company, April 1942-March 1946

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  • April 1942-March 1946 (Creation)

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Emerson, William (1873-1957)

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An American architect and Dean of the school of architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emerson was involved in the Byzantine Institute and sponsored Robert Van Nice's survey of Hagia Sophia.

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Meriden Gravure Company (1888-1989)

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Printing company in Meriden, Connecticut, specializing in high quality image reproduction and involved with printing the plates of Hagia Sophia.

"The Meriden Gravure Company was founded in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1888 by Charles Parker and James F. Allen, and grew out of an earlier printing endeavor by Parker. Driven by the needs of the local silver industry, the company early developed an expertise in high quality image reproduction. It perfected the use of the full-tone collotype printing method, and soon attracted business from other clients who required highly detailed image reproduction, including scientific journals, museums, libraries, and publishers of illustrated books. By the mid-twentieth century, the company was also using offset printing presses, for which it pioneered the use of the fine screened 300-line halftone process for art reproduction and scholarly facsimiles. Both reproduction methods were in use through 1967, when the collotype presses were retired. The company first offered color printing in the 1940s. Through careful quality control, including an insistence on photographing directly from the item to be reproduced and using high quality paper, Meriden Gravure achieved a reputation of consistent excellence in printed illustration." (Guide to the Meriden Gravure Company Records GEN MSS 606)

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Contains correspondence about printing the plates for publication

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Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989

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Preferred Citation: Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989, MS.BZ.012, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

Some materials created by Rowland J. Mainstone are restricted.

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Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989

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Copyright for Robert Van Nice materials belongs to Dumbarton Oaks. However, permission to publish materials created by other correspondents, including Rowland J. Mainstone, must be obtained from the copyright holder.

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  • Box: MS.BZ.012, Subgroup 01, Box 001