Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
11 MWalB02555

Dates

  • 1952-1998 (Creation)
  • 1954-1969 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 19720000 (Other)

Extents

  • 0.25 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 3 oversized folders, 1 manuscript box other_unmapped (Whole)

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Notes

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Printed Ephemera, 1954-1991; 2. Oversized Material, 1964-1998; 3. Books Published by Gehenna Press, 1952-1992. Series one and two are arranged in original order and series three is arranged by call number.  For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Maurice and Edith Shulman in 1972.

  • Appraisal Information

    One folder containing photocopied press clippings about Baskin and articles by him was moved to the control file.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Related Materials

    Also see two letters from Baskin in the Autograph collection.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Leonard Baskin and Gehenna Press collection, donated by Maurice and Edith Shulman in 1972, includes several books and ephemera printed by the Northampton (Mass.)-based publishing house. Baskin, famous for his woodcarvings, sculptures, and prints, founded the Gehenna Press in 1942 while studying art at Yale. He named the press after a line in John Milton’s "Paradise Lost."

    The 27 books in the collection span 40 years of publication—1952 to 1992—and reflect the evolution of the Gehenna Press from a one-man printing house to a nationally recognized enterprise. Books of particular note include Baskin’s "Castle Street Dogs: Wood Carvings" printed in 1952, and "Horned Beatles and Other Insects: Etchings," published in 1958. Both feature Baskin’s artistic hand and represent modern versions of bestiaries popular in medieval times. 

    In addition to books, the collection contains several folders of various printed material, including Gehenna Press exhibition catalogs, publication prospectuses, and holiday greeting cards, ranging from 1954 to 1998.

    See also two letters from Baskin in the Autograph collection.

  • Preferred Citation

    Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press collection, 1952-1998, Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

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