Guide to the Papers of Frederick E. Dahl, 1856 - 1969Manuscript MS-1124

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Frederick E. Dahl, 1856 - 1969

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1124

Collection Dates:

1856 - 1969

Size of Collection:

5 boxes (7.5 linear feet)

Abstract:

Frederick E. Dahl (1881-1961). Engraver. Papers contain books, engraving tools, and engraved wood blocks chronicling the life of engraver Frederick Dahl and his company Dahl & Sinnott's Wood Engravings.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Frederick E. Dahl (1881-1961) contains books, engraving tools, instruments for the engraving of machine parts and tools, engraved wood blocks, catalogs, woodcut prints, biographical materials and family photographs chronicling the life of engraver Frederick Dahl and his company Dahl & Sinnott's Wood Engravings.

Biography

Frederick Emile Dahl was born in London, England on June 18, 1881 to parents who had immigrated from Norway. Frederick and his family moved to the United States in 1890. He attended public school through fourth grade after which his father tutored him at home. In 1897 at the age of 16 he began a four year wood engraving apprenticeship with Field and Beattie in New York which he left after one year as he thought he had learned all that he could learn there. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut and in 1908 formed a partnership with another engraver, Mark Sinnott. They named their new business Dahl & Sinnot. Sinnot left the business in the 1920's but Dahl retained the name. The primary focus of the business was advertising and the prints of the wood blocks the company created were used in many publications and catalogs of the time. Frederick Dahl retired in 1957 and the company was dissolved. He died in Florida in 1961 at the age of 79.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1931-1950

Contains catalogues for which the illustrations were done by Dahl and Sinnott, including a 1931 edition of "Laboratory Apparatus and Reagents" by the Arthur H. Thomas Company in Philadelphia and a 1950 supplement to the text; a number of Winchester Firearms catalogs; a miscellaneous hardware catalog; Millers Falls Tools 1949 catalog; Stevens Firearms catalog; "The Century War Book"; "Civil War in Pictures." Also contains scientific instruments for the engraving of machine parts and tools, including ones that are used to grain wooden gun stocks.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1908-1969

Contains Dahl & Sinnott, Wood Engravers, Hartford, Conn. wood pencils; large engraving tools; a lens & prism for a camera; a 1969 reproduction copy of the 1908 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue; smaller engraving tools and machine parts; and some woodcut engravings.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1862-1992

Contains "Manual of Harmony" by Dr. S. Jadassohn; "What the Advertiser and Artist should know about Reproduction"; two 1950 copies of "Laboratory Apparatus and Reagents" by the Arthur H. Thomas Company in Philadelphia; "Connecticut Civil Officer"; woodcut tools; at least 30 wood engravings; and biographical materials on Frederick Dahl, including photocopies of some of his woodcuts, photographs, as well as some of his writings.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: 1856-1916

Contains "Message and Documents from the Department of State Part 2 1867-68"; "Cornell's High School Geography," by S. S. Cornell; "Report of the Commissioner of Patents for the Year 1861"; "Lehmann's Grokes Kochbuch [cookbook]"; "Penrose's Pictorial Annual for 1913-14"; two emory stones and one oilstone for tools; a German hymn book; and the "Official Automobile 16th Year (1916) Blue Book Vol. 2 for New England."

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1865-1957

Contains "Modern Painters Volume IV"; a German language pamphlet about New Britain Connecticut (1906); Chalmers Motor Cars Catalog from 1913; small prints from woodcuts; sample wood engravings from Dahl & Sinnott; a catalog containing samples of Dahl & Sinnott's wood engravings; testimonial letters about Dahl & Sinnott; copies of Dill & Collins Co.'s "Examples of the Work of Leading Engravers"; four printings from wood engravings done by August Zimmermann, an engraver at Dahl & Sinnott's; a 1947 edition of "Specimen Illustrations", as well as "Unique and Superior Illustrations", both by Dahl & Sinnott's; Dahl & Sinnot stationary; correspondence and original wood engravings from Robert Nisbet and Ethelbert Moore; some polishing paper used in making woodcuts; a copy of "Message of the President of the United States and Accompanying Documents to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Fortieth Congress (Part I); embossers and other engraving tools; a Dahl & Sinnott ruler; and at least three dozen small engraving woodblocks.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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