Warde, Beatrice Lamberton, 1900-1969 (née Becker and typographer)
- Existence: 1900 - 1969
Beatrice Warde (1900-1969), the 'First Lady of Typography', was a prolific writer and speaker on printing. She came to England from the United States in 1925 and lived there the rest of her life. After a short career as an independent scholar, writing under the name of Paul Beaujon, she joined the Monotype Corporation and became their chief publicist. Among her other activities was the foundation in 1940 of Books Across the Sea. She was a lifelong and close friend of Stanley Morison.
Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:
Folders 1-2 = correspondence. This includes a pamphlet The shelter in Bedlam (by Warde; 1937) inscribed to Meynell. A separate envelope contains compositions of Beatrice Warde, mainly small items published by the Monotype Corporation. With these are an unidentified fragment of typescript by her; obituaries; and letters to Meynell about her from James Moran (1960) and John Dreyfus (1969).
Correspondents include A. W. Bain & Co., American Printer (Edmund G. Gress), Dulau and Company Ltd (Leslie Chaundy), R. F. Eberhart, Henry Hansen, J. E. Pouterman, John Holroyd-Reece, Rudolph Koch, William MacCance, Philobiblion, Lord Ponsonby, Frank C. Reilly, Ward Ritchie, Fernand Roches, Jacob Schwartz, Mark Thompson, Stanley Unwin, and Beatrice Warde.
Letters from Steinberg are typescript carbon copies or ms. drafts. Letters to him are original ms. or typescript.
Letter relating to Kenneth Day, The typography of press advertisement (Benn, 1956). With these letters are a printed advertisement for Meynell's original book with this title (1929 ) and transcripts of letters from Beatrice Warde to Kenneth Day.
Includes a letter from Beatrice Warde to Carter (1936), correspondence between Meynell and Vivian Ridler (1968), and notes of a conversation with Carter taken by Alix Meynell in connection with Meynell's memoirs.
Includes copies of correspondence with Charles Batey and Beatrice Warde.
Except for items 1, 28, and 36, all the correspondence is from others to Simon.
Ca. 50 photographs including: photographs of Morison alone taken by Warde; miscellaneous photographs of Warde and her house; and 2 prints of the engraving of her by Eric Gill dated 1929. Some of the photographs are colour slides. Others, including 3 photographs of Morison taken in a studio in the Strand in 1925 or 1927, have ms. covering notes in her hand.
Correspondents include Arthur Woollacott & Rappings Ltd, Carl Friedmann, Max Reinhardt, Monotype Corporation (P. C. Allen, Beatrice Warde), Herbert Rees, and The Times (W. J. Haley).
Meynell's correspondents include Louis M. Hacker, Oxford University Press (John Brown), Helen Macy, W. R. Phillips, Random House (Bennett Cerf, Charles Antin, Donald Klopfer), Max Reinhardt, W. Harvie Service, and Beatrice Warde.
Beatrice Warde's papers were not kept together at her death, and this collection is miscellaneous. It contains chiefly her letters to her family (although not those published in Bombed but unbeaten (1941)); material relating to Stanley Morison; and various compositions by her.
Offprints, a tear-sheet, pamphlets, and her book The type specimen of Jean Jannon 1621 (1927), amounting to 14 different publications (some in the name of Paul Beaujon). With these is an issue of Barnard College Alumnae (April 1937) including an article about her; and the cloth spine lettered 'B.W.' of the box from which most of these were removed.
Meynell's correspondents include Strickland Gibson, Holbrook Jackson, Geoffrey Keynes, Robert Leighton, and Beatrice Warde,
Original draft typescript of 1 page marked 'Dec 1955 and March 1 '56'; typescripts (original with ms. alterations and carbon copy) of 10 pages; correspondence with the English-Speaking Union (Frank Darvall) The talk was given at a meeting also addressed by Beatrice Warde on 1 Mar. 1956.
Words in their hands: a series of photographs by Walter Nurnberg, with a commentary by Beatrice Warde, 1964-1965
Two letters from Beatrice Warde (July 1964 and Apr. 1965).