Guide to the Papers of Allerton C. Hickmott, circa 1870 - 1988Manuscript MS-1148

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Allerton C. Hickmott, circa 1870 - 1988

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1148

Collection Dates:

circa 1870 - 1988

Size of Collection:

6 boxes (9 linear ft)

Abstract:

Allerton C. Hickmott (1885-1977), certified public accountant and collector. Dartmouth College Class of 1917. The papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, photos, pamphlets, clippings and memorabilia documenting his life and Shakespeare collection, as well as his collection of other 16th and 17th century English works, and the donation of his collections to Dartmouth College.

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.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

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

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Allerton C. Hickmott contain correspondence, manuscripts, photos, pamphlets, clippings and memorabilia documenting his life and Shakespeare collection, as well as his collection of other 16th and 17th century English works, and the donation of his collections to Dartmouth College.

Biography

Allerton Cushman Hickmott was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 4, 1895. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1917, after which he joined Connecticut General's investment department and continued to work in the financial sector for most of his life, retiring as vice president of the company in 1960. He was a trustee and director of many financial and cultural institutions and a highly regarded collector of seventeenth-century English literature, poetry and drama including rare volumes relating to William Shakespeare which he donated to Dartmouth College. He was also the author of several books on the subject including "The Ivory Pale: The Shakespearean Collection of Allerton C. Hickmott." Hickmott died in 1977

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Personal Papers, circa 1870-1988

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, photos, pamphlets, clippings and memorabilia documenting Hickmott's life and collection of Shakespearean works and other 16th and 17th century English authors, and the donation of his collections to Dartmouth College.

Box: 1, Dates: 1921-1983

Five photo albums with personal photos; a book of drawings and poetry by Madelyn and Allerton Hickmott; a March 1925 and September 1925 edition of "The Congener"; and papers from a 1940 "500th Anniversary of Printing" event, including a program and the history of printing.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1924-1988

Three photo albums with personal photos; two leather-bound notebooks with handwritten notes regarding A.C. Hickmott's literature collections; leather-bound notebook with a few notes and news articles; April 1966 copy of the Trinity College Library Gazette; 1977 telescopic view of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II; 1988 program for "Notable Gifts to the Watkinson Library" at Trinity College; folder containing the following: loose photo of Connecticut General Insurance Company meeting in December 1953, Connecticut state bank notes, portions of the book "Fabric of Dreams" copyrighted by Hickmott in 1925; folder containing the following: loose photos of the 1958 honorary degree recipients at Trinity College, a photo of the Sebastian Erard harp and a letter from Bergdorf Goodman concerning the harp; framed deed written in Latin from April 1, 1622; illustrated copy of "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" made in 1924.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1910-1973

Six copies of Mr. Hickmott's "This Ivory Pale"; leather notebook containing letters and cards from Mr. Hickmott to Mrs. Hickmott and other mementos; envelopes of book bills from 1937 to 1967; typed inventories of the Hickmott's book collection; various books and pamphlets, correspondence, and cards.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: 1939-1970

1939 Ancestral Register of Allerton C. Hickmott; 1946 manuscript by W.J. Hickmott Jr.; five copies of "This Ivory Pale"; two bound copies of "The Fabric of Dreams"; "Fabric of Dreams" manuscript; April 1966 copy of the Trinity College Gazette; bound copy of "The Journal of William Stebbins."

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: circa 1870-1979

Correspondence, a news release, pamphlet, and photos regarding the donation of the Hickmott Shakespearean collection to the Dartmouth College Library; correspondence and papers regarding the donation of the Ashendene Press Collection to Trinity College; list of books purchased by Mrs. Hickmott at the Seven Gables Bookshop from 1946 to 1974; 1977 appraisal of Mr. Hickmott's book collection; two leather-bound books of poems and illustrations by Mrs. Hickmott; the picture book "Hearts"; eleven photo albums which document events from the late 1800s to the 1920s.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: 1895-1987

One photo album dated 1895-1917; correspondence regarding book collection donations to Dartmouth College, Trinity College, the Seven Gables Book Shop, and more; copy of a 1780 letter from David Humphrys to Nathanael Green; various publications on printing history, a new font type, and the history of paper; short books on railroad history; two copies of the "Apollo" circa 1974; copy of "Fabric of Dreams;" medal commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Dartmouth College; small leather-bound notebook; programs and papers from the Columbia Club; and various other papers.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Finding Aids