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Guide to the Leslie Dorsey Collection of Pictorial Clippings
1860-1970 (bulk 1860-1920)
 PR 17

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 02, 2015
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Leslie Dorsey Collection of Pictorial Clippings
Dates [inclusive]: 1860-1970
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1860-1920
Abstract: This collection contains the image library amassed by designer Leslie Dorsey, consisting primarily of images from or depicting the Victorian era.
Quantity: 87.83 Linear feet (69 boxes)
Call Phrase: PR 17

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Biographical/Historical note

Leslie Dorsey (1912-1979) started his career as a display manager for a specialty shop in Philadelphia. Sometime after 1940, he moved to New York City, where he designed displays for Richard Hudnut cosmetic products. He also designed hotel and restaurant interiors, and wrote, with Janice Devine, a whimsical history of American hotels entitled Fare Thee Well: A Backward Look at Two Centuries of Historic American Hostelries, Fashionable Spas and Seaside Resorts (New York: Crown Publisher, 1964).

A Victorian-era enthusiast, Dorsey also collected pictorial images from Godey's magazines and other period books and catalogs, and assembled them into scrapbooks for reference use in his interior design work. He also used these images to prepare collages which he marketed as "Decou-Optiques" to clients for use in advertisements or background murals. Eventually, Dorsey made his extensive image collection available for "rental" to commercial clients, effectively serving as an early stock image library.

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Scope and Contents note

The Leslie Dorsey Collection of Pictorial Clippings spans the period from 1850 to 1970 and consists primarily of images from Dorsey's extensive research library of engravings, magazine and catalog illustrations, chromos, and other printed ephemera and illustrations from the Victorian period. Also included are examples of Dorsey's various creative endeavors, including a book proposal, concept scrapbooks for two theatrical musicals, and a number of collages.

The collection has been organized into five series. Series I, Clippings and wood engravings, includes images that Dorsey cut out of period magazines and catalogs and arranged by topic in three ring binders. The binders have been disbound and the contents housed in acid-free folders. Topics are listed alphabetically in the box and folder list, and include, among many others, Agricultural Implements and Farming, Animals, Children, Drugs and Druggists, and Interior Decorations. There are also multiple folders relating to fashion, arranged by date.

Series II, Creative Projects and Research Files, includes Dorsey's proposal for a book on the Centennial Exhibition as well as "concept" sketchbooks containing proposals for two theatrical musicals ("The Ballad of Josie and Jim," about the murder of robber baron Jim Fiske over actress Josie Mansfield, and "Centennial Quartette," a celebration of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia). The scrapbooks have been disbound and housed in acid-free folders. This series also includes some of Dorsey's research files, consisting of contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles on the Bicentennial of 1976 and a few other topics (Antiques, Art Nouveau, the Metropolitan Opera House and Restaurants and Food). In addition, there are a few folders of ephemera, primarily relating to architectural preservation and tourism in New York City.

Series III, Scrapbooks, includes images and other materials that Dorsey assembled into scrapbooks to illustrate various topics. Topics include dining, drinking, hotels, Christmas, sports, and fairs and expositions (Crystal Palace, Centennial, Columbian, Louisiana Purchase, and Pan-American). There are also a number of scrapbooks relating to New York City, covering a broad range of topics such as Equestrian, 23rd Street, Courthouses and Criminals, and New York City Markets. Additional topics are identified in the box and folder list.

Series IV, Collages and graphics, includes examples of Dorsey's "Decou-Optiques," or collages, which he apparently marketed to clients for use in advertisements or as background murals for articles or products. This series includes both black and white and color collages, depicting various period and historical scenes, including many Christmas scenes. Also included are examples of some of the materials Dorsey used to create the collages, such as decals and cut-out figures.

Dorsey indexed some of his scrapbooks, and these can be found in Series V, Indexes and business papers. Also included in this series are articles and press releases relating to Dorsey, examples of advertisements and articles from Dorsey's clients that incorporate his images, and photographic portraits of Dorsey.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged by subject and has been organized into the following five series:

Series I: Clippings and wood engravings
Series II: Creative projects and research files
Series III: Scrapbooks
Series IV: Collages and graphics
Series V: Indexes and professional work

Some of the subject tiles reflect Dorsey's original arrangement and others were added to facilitate access to the materials.

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Administrative Information

Access restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. Permission to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194
rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of copies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

Provenance

Bequest of Leslie Dorsey, 1979.

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Container List

Series I: Clippings and wood engravings

Scope and Contents note

This series consists primarily of advertisements and images from Victorian-era publications. Dorsey cut the images out, pasted them onto notebook paper, and arranged them into three-ring binders by topic. The binders have been disbound and the material housed in acid-free folders.

The illustrations in the series cover a broad range of topics, from fashion (the largest single category) to fire-fighting equipment. Many of the topics relate to household and interior design, for example, cases and boxes, silver and cutlery, garden statuary, lighting, house design, etc. There are also a number of pictorial vignettes and genre scenes of children, courtship and romance, and outdoor recreation. Animals and plants are also well-represented.

Although most of the images arranged by subject are wood engravings, there is also a separate category of "wood engravings" at the end of the series, which was originally housed in three binders. Dorsey prepared a subject index for these binders (included in Box 11, Folder 1), which lists the following topics: artists, automobiles, balloons, bicycles, buildings, children, Christmas, circus, clocks and watches, design devices, drinking, entertainment, flowers, food and dining, general store, home furnishing, horses and wagons, hotels, houses, medicine, men, music, office furnishings, optical, patriotic and symbols, perfume, photography, rope, rural, ships, sports, stores, telegram, toys, trains, trolley, weather, the west, winter, and women.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Agricultural Implements and Farming
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Animals (domestic and wild)
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Art Galleries; Engraving; Photography
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Awnings & tents; bricks and lanes; irons and ironworks
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Birds, Insects, and Fish
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Cases and boxes; silver and cutlery
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Children (pages 1-90)
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Children (pages 91-186)
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Children
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Clothing stores and merchants
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Courtship and romance; Outdoor recreation
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Drugs and druggists (includes dietary aids); medicine and doctors; optical
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Fashion 1866-1867
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Fashion, 1873
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Fashion, 1874-1875
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Fashion, 1876 (folder 1 of 3)
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Fashion, 1876 (folder 2 of 3)
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Fashion, 1876 (folder 3 of 3)
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Fashion, 1877
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Fashion, 1878
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Fashion, 1880
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Fashion, 1881
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Fashion, 1892 (folder 1 of 2)
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Fashion, 1892 (folder 2 of 2)
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Fashion, 1894 (folder 1 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Fashion, 1894 (folder 2 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Fashion, 1894 (folder 3 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Fashion, 1895 (folder 1 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Fashion, 1895 (folder 2 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Fashion, 1895 (folder 3 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Fashion, 1896 (folder 1 of 3)
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Fashion, 1896 (folder 2 of 3)
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Fashion, 1896 (folder 3 of 3)
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Fashion, 1897 (folder 1 of 4)
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Fashion, 1897 (folder 2 of 4)
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Fashion, 1897 (folder 3 of 4)
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Fashion, 1897 (folder 4 of 4)
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Fashion, 1898 (folder 1 of 4)
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Fashion, 1898 (folder 2 of 4)
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Fashion, 1898 (folder 3 of 4)
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Fashion, 1898 (folder 4 of 4)
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Fashion, 1899 (folder 1 of 3)
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Fashion, 1899 (folder 2 of 3)
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Fashion, 1899 (folder 3 of 3)
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Fashion, 1900
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Men and fashion
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Women and fashion
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Fashion, Strawbridge and Clothier Catalogs 1904, 1907-1910, 1912
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Firearms and hunting; Fireworks; Billiards
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Fire-fighting equipment; Police and crime prevention equipment
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Fire-places, Stoves and Heating
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Foundries; Iron and Steel Works; Machinery
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Furniture; door hardware
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Garden statuary, furniture and implements
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Glass bottles and vases
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Horses & Carriages; Sleighs
Box: 7 Folder : 10 House design
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Interior decorations; Architectural ornaments
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Jewelry; Corsets; and Undergarments
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Kitchen and household; Ice and refrigeration
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Lighting
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Logging and lumber; Mining
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Needlework (embroidery, etc); Sewing; Scissors
Box: 8 Folder : 7 New York City
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Offices, office furniture and equipment (pens, stationary, etc)
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Piano and string instruments; Bells
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Plumbing, baths and laundry
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Printing specimens
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Printing and publishing; book sellers and reading
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Products used in 1900, pages 1-83
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Products used in 1900, pages 85-171
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Scientific instruments; State seals
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Seeds and flowers (folder 1 of 2)
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Seeds and flowers (folder 2 of 2)
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Shoes and leather; Rubber goods
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Silk and cotton
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Store catalog, Army and Navy Cooperative
1900
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Street cars; Streets and street scenes; servants
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Tea; Tobacco; Confections
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Toiletries and Perfume
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Trees; Waterfalls
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Undertakers and cemeteries; Vignettes of sickness; Crime and death
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Vegetables and Fruits
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Watches and Clocks
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Wood Engravings, Index and sections 1-5
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Wood Engravings, Sections 6-9
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Wood Engravings, Sections 10-15
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Wood Engravings, Sections 16-20

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Series II: Creative projects and research files

Scope and Contents note

This series includes Dorsey's proposal for a book on the Centennial Exhibition. Also included are several "concept" scrapbooks containing proposals for two theatrical musicals: "The Ballad of Josie and Jim", about the murder of robber baron Jim Fiske over actress Josie Mansfield, and "Centennial Quartette", a celebration of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Dorsey also submitted the latter for consideration as a motion picture or television production, as is reflected by correspondence included in the series. None of these projects were realized.

In addition, the series contains some of Dorsey's research files, consisting primarily of contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles on the Bicentennial of 1976 and a few other topics (Antiques, Art Nouveau, the Metropolitan Opera House and Restaurants and Food). There are also a few folders of ephemera, primarily relating to architectural preservation and tourism in New York City in the 1960's and 1970's. Among the ephemera items are flyers for lectures on architectural preservation, brochures and maps for walking tours of New York City, brochures on churches and other historic buildings, and a 1905 Report of the Queens United Civic Association's Committee on City Plan and Parks. In the folder labeled "Assorted Ephemera" are tickets to the 1964 World's Fair, the 1974 Art Deco Exposition, and programs for two performances at Carnegie Hall (1898 and 1899) and a 1929 production of the Frieburg Passion Play at the New York Hippodrome.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 5 The Ballad of Josie and Jim (folder 1 of 2)
Box: 11 Folder : 6 The Ballad of Josie and Jim (folder 2 of 2)
Box: 12 Folder : 1 "Centennial Quartette for the Musical of 1876" (folder 1 of 2)
Box: 12 Folder : 2 "Centennial Quartette for the Musical of 1876" (folder 2 of 2)
Box: 12 Folder : 3 "Centennial Quartette", Manuscript and correspondence 1972-1973
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Centennial Exhibition Book Proposal- Notes (folder 1 of 2)
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Centennial Exhibition Book Proposal- Notes (folder 2 of 2)
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Centennial Exhibition Book Proposal- Notes and correspondence
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Clippings & Musicals, 1972-1973
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Bicentennial Clippings, March 1967- December 1970
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Bicentennial Clippings, January - August 1971
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Bicentennial Clippings, September 1971 - February 1972
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Bicentennial Clippings, March - December 1972
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Bicentennial Clippings, January - December 1973
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Bicentennial Clippings, January 1974 - January 1975
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Antiques, 1965 - 1970
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Antiques, 1970 - 1975
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Art Nouveau, 1910-1913
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Art Nouveau, 1966 - 1974
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Art Nouveau, 1959, 1966, undated (ephemera)
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Brighton
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Metropolitan Opera House
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Restaurants and food
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Ephemera -- architectural preservation
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Ephemera -- transportation and maps
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Ephemera -- walking tours
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Ephemera -- assorted
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Sketches and source clippings
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Americana Magazine (2 issues)
1976 July, 1978 June
Box: 68 Folder : 1 Demorest's magazine (clippings)
1875-1889
Box: 68 Folder : 2 Life magazine mid-century issue
1950 January 2

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Series III: Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents note

Series III, Scrapbooks, contains an eclectic assortment of vintage illustrations and ephemera that Dorsey pasted into scrapbooks organized by topic. Materials include newspaper and magazine clippings, articles and other textual material, illustrations, photographs, postcards, greeting cards, advertisements, programs, and many other types of ephemera. Although the bulk of the materials are vintage, Dorsey also mixed in some contemporaneous (circa 1960's - 1970's) photographs and articles.

Dorsey arranged these materials into elaborate topical scrapbooks that serve as interesting and creative reference files on a broad range of subjects. The largest segment of this series relates to New York City, covering topics such as Wall Street, the Fire Department, street cleaning, the poor and destitute, and many others which are specifically identified in the box and folder list, below. There are also scrapbooks relating to other American cities and states, especially the American West, and to European countries and other foreign locales. Other topics include dining, hotels and resorts (in New York and elsewhere), sports, ships, trains, houses, furnishings and people (including African Americans and other ethnic groups). There are a number of scrapbooks relating to fairs and expositions, including the Crystal Palace, Centennial Exposition, World's Columbian Exposition, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

The original binders were also created by Dorsey, and feature cardboard covers with sometimes elaborate lettering and decorations, bound together with three metal rings. The scrapbooks have been disbound and re-housed in acid-free folders. A few representative examples of the binders have been retained.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : 1-2 NYC -- Volume 9A: Equestrian, Clubs, Dogs, Entertainment, Theatre portraits
Box: 20 Folder : 1 NYC -- Volume 10A: Destitute and poor, hospitals, prisons, 42nd Street, Bronx residences, Bowling Green, Broad Street, Broadway (street)
Box: 20 Folder : 2 NYC-- Volume 11B, Sections 8-10: Lower Manhattan, Churches, Columbus Circle
Box: 21 Folder : 1 NYC -- Volume 11B, Sections 11-13: Columbia College, City Hall, Courthouses, Criminals
Box: 21 Folder : 2 NYC -- Volume 11B, Sections 14-15: East River Bridges, Ellis Island, Immigrants
Box: 21 Folder : 3 NYC -- Volume 12C, Sections 16-17:Harbor Views (includes Customs, Docks, Statue of Liberty), Fifth Avenue, Institutions, Museums
Box: 22 Folder : 1 NYC -- Volume 12C, Sections 18-20: Fire Department, Utilities, Medical (hospitals and colleges)
Box: 22 Folder : 2 NYC -- Volume 12C, Sections 21-23: Maps, Horse shows, Madison Square Garden, Madison Avenue, NYC markets
Box: 22 Folder : 3 NYC -- Volume 13D, Sections 24-25: Newspaper boys, Newspaper publishing companies, Coney Island, Water entertainment
Box: 23 Folder : 1 NYC -- Volume 13D, Sections 26-30: Politics, Post offices, Playgrounds, the Poor, Riverside Drive, Audubon's House
Box: 23 Folder : 2 NYC -- Volume 14E, Sections 31-32: Singer Tower, Suffragettes, Street scenes
Box: 23 Folder : 3 NYC -- Volume 14E, Sections 33-34: Stores, Central Park
Box: 24 Folder : 1 NYC -- Volume 15F, Sections 35-39: Wall Street, Stock Exchange, Woolworth Building, Snowstorms, Blizzards, Washington Square, Weather Bureau
Box: 24 Folder : 2 NYC -- Volume 15F, Sections 40-43: Soldiers, Military, Sixth Avenue, Apartments, Hotels, 14th Street, Harlem River Bridge
Box: 24 Folder : 3 NYC -- Volume 15F, Section 44: Political figures, Artists, Aristocrats
Box: 25 Folder : 1 NYC -- Volume 15F, Sections 45-46: Aerial views of NYC, Brooklyn
Box: 25 Folder : 2 NYC -- Volume 16G, Sections 47-49: Street Cleaners, 42nd Street, Railroads, Trolley Cars
Box: 25 Folder : 3 NYC -- Volume 16G, Sections 49-50: Telephone Exchange, Advertising Cards, Calling Cards
Box: 26 Folder : 1-2 NYC -- 23rd Street
Box: 26 Folder : 3 NYC -- Crystal Palace
Box: 26 Folder : 4-5 NYC -- Edwardian Theatre
Box: 27 Folder : 1 NYC -- Theatre Programs
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Sheet music and phonographs; English/French Food
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Dining (pp. 1-30)
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Dining (pp. 31-62)
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Dining (pp. 63-80)
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Dining (loose materials)
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Dining (pp. 81-106)
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Dining (pp. 107-134)
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Dining (pp. 135-160)
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Dining (pp. 161-176)
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Dining (pp. 177-214)
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Dining (pp. 215-241)
Box: 31 Folder : 1-4 Drinking (folder 1 of 4)
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Franco Prussian War 1870
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Paris 1870
Box: 32 Folder : 3 Paris 1876
Box: 33 Folder : 1-4 Paris -- Fin de Siecle (folder 1 of 4)
Box: 34 Folder : 1-2 Paris Exposition
Box: 34 Folder : 3 Crystal Palace London 1851
Box: 34 Folder : 4 Dore's London
Box: 35 Folder : 1 European -- England
Box: 35 Folder : 2 European -- Belgium, Denmark, Dutch, England
Box: 35 Folder : 3 European -- France
Box: 36 Folder : 1 European -- France
Box: 36 Folder : 2 European -- Germany
Box: 36 Folder : 3 European -- Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland
Box: 37 Folder : 1 European -- Italy
Box: 37 Folder : 2 European -- Italy; Latin America- Mexico
Box: 38 Folder : 1 European -- Portugal, Spain, Miscellaneous
Box: 38 Folder : 2 European -- Switzerland; Tunisia
Box: 38 Folder : 3 Rural USA
Box: 39 Folder : 1 Rural USA
Box: 39 Folder : 2-3 Boston
Box: 40 Folder : 1-2 Philadelphia
Box: 40 Folder : 3 Old San Francisco
Box: 40 Folder : 4 San Francisco Earthquake
Box: 41 Folder : 1-4 USA West
Box: 15 Folder : 8 USA West -- Arizona Highways magazine (5 issues - from USA West scrapbook)
1960 June, 1961 February, 1963 March-April, 1972 March
Box: 15 Folder : 9 USA West -- Brochures for Grand Canyon and Monterey Bay; article on Charlie Russel
1958, 1962, 1972, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 1-6 Colorado
Box: 17 Folder : 1-2 Colorado
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Colorado -- Durango
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Colorado -- Hotel Broadmoor
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Colorado -- Hotel de Paris
Box: 42 Folder : 1-3 US Cities -- California to Kentucky
Box: 43 Folder : 1-3 US Cities -- Louisiana to Wisconsin
Box: 43 Folder : 4 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, 1893
Box: 44 Folder : 1-3 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, 1893
Box: 44 Folder : 4 World's Columbian Exposition, Illustrated
Box: 45 Folder : 1-4 World's Columbian Exposition, Illustrated
Box: 17 Folder : 7-8 World's Columbian Exposition -- articles
Box: 46 Folder : 1-2 Louisiana Purchase: Exposition St Louis, MO, 1904 (folder 1 of 2)
Box: 46 Folder : 3 Miscellaneous centennials and fairs
Box: 46 Folder : 4 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915, San Francisco
Box: 47 Folder : 1-4 The Centennial 1876
Box: 48 Folder : 1-5 The Centennial 1876
Box: 49 Folder : 1-3 US Hotels and Resorts
Box: 50 Folder : 1-3 US Hotels and Resorts -- Alabama to Missouri (folder 1 of 3)
Box: 51 Folder : 1-2 US Hotels and Resorts -- Nevada to Wisconsin
Box: 51 Folder : 3-4 Broadmoor Hotel Colorado Springs

Related Archival Materials note

See also Box 17, F. 2

Box: 52 Folder : 1-2 NYC Hotels -- "A" to "Pl"
Box: 52 Folder : 3-4 NYC Hotels -- "Pl" to "W"
Box: 53 Folder : 1 Menus designed by Leslie Dorsey
Box: 53 Folder : 2-3 Epicurean Designs by Leslie Dorsey
Box: 54 Folder : 1 Menus sir! 1856 reception dinner
Box: 54 Folder : 2 La Taverna
Box: 54 Folder : 3 Rue de la Paix
Box: 55 Folder : 1 Circus and Theatre
Box: 55 Folder : 2 Circus programs and magazines
Box: 56 Folder : 1-2 Houses
Box: 56 Folder : 3-4 Furnishings
Box: 57 Folder : 1-2 Victoria Regis and Edward VII
Box: 57 Folder : 3 People -- African American
Box: 57 Folder : 4 People
Box: 58 Folder : 1 Steamship Normandie
Box: 58 Folder : 2-4 Trains
Box: 59 Folder : 1-3 Ships
Box: 60 Folder : 1-4 Sports
Box: 61 Folder : 1-2 Christmas greeting cards
Box: 61 Folder : 3 Christmas Warriors
Box: 61 Folder : 4 Once Upon a Christmas
Box: 62 Folder : 1-2 Holiday and Genre Scenes
Box: 62 Folder : 3 Calling Cards
Box: 62 Folder : 4 Victorian Alphabet
Box: 63 Folder : 1 Advertising Trade Cards
Box: 63 Folder : 2-3 Centennial Quartette

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Series IV: Collages and graphics

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a number of collages created by Dorsey from cut-outs and other decorative elements. Dorsey apparently marketed these collages as "Decou-Optiques" to advertisers and other clients for use as a decorative element or for a background. Among the scenes depicted are the 1876 Centennial (possibly used by Dorsey to pitch his book and musical projects), Christmas scenes, winter scenes, and various Western-themed scenes.

The majority of the collages are in black and white; color collages are identified in the box and folder list. The lettering system is Dorsey's.

Also included in the series are examples of the materials Dorsey used to create the collages, such as decals and cut-out figures.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 64 Folder : 1 Collages: Color
Box: 64 Folder : 2 Collages: Color, A-K
Box: 64 Folder : 3 Collages: Color, L-Y
Box: 65 Folder : 1 Collages: Black and White, A-G
Box: 65 Folder : 2 Collages: Black and White, H-R
Box: 65 Folder : 3 Collages: 1876 Centennial
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Collages: 1876 Centennial (folder 2 of 3)
Box: 66 Folder : 2 Collages: 1876 Centennial (folder 3 of 3)
Box: 66 Folder : 3 Collages: Interior Scenes
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Collages: Railroad stations and docks
Box: 67 Folder : 1 Collages: Transparencies
Box: 67 Folder : 2 Collages: Christmas mockups
Box: 67 Folder : 3 Collages: Winter
Box: 67 Folder : 4 Collages: Christmas (folder 1 of 5)
Box: 67 Folder : 5 Collages: Christmas (folder 2 of 5)
Box: 67 Folder : 6 Collages: Christmas (folder 3 of 5)
Box: 67 Folder : 7 Collages: Christmas (folder 4 of 5)
Box: 67 Folder : 8 Collages: Christmas (folder 5 of 5)
Box: 67 Folder : 9 Trade signs, Piazza Prints Inc.
Box: 68 Folder : 3 Floral prints
circa 1880's
Box: 68 Folder : 4 Advertisements
1887, 1897-1898, 1906, undated
Box: 68 Folder : 4 Illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg (tearsheets)
1907
Box: 68 Folder : 5 Valentines by Dorsey
undated
Box: 68 Folder : 6 Gold and silver decals
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 1 Animal vignettes
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 2 Greeting cards
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 3 Trade cards
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 4 Victorian chromos
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 5 Bird and feather chromos
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 6 Animal chromos
Box: 69 Folder : 7 Playing card stickers; chromos
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 8 Cutouts for collages
Box: 69 Folder : 9 Lettering and colored paper
undated

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Series V: Indexes and professional work

Scope and Contents note

Dorsey prepared subject indexes for some of his scrapbooks that are included in this series. In addition, there are a few articles and press releases that provide a bit of biographical information, as well as multiple copies of studio photographic portraits of Dorsey. Also included are examples of advertisements and articles from commercial clients of Dorsey that incorporate images from his library.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Index to picture collection
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Index to wood engravings
Box: 18 Folder : 1-3 Subject index, NYC scrapbooks
Box: 18 Folder : 4-5 Street index, NYC scrapbooks
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Index, Edwardian Theater in NYC scrapbook
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Index, NYC Hotels scrapbook
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Index, U.S. Resorts and Hotels scrapbooks
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Articles and press releases
1972, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Advertising campaigns for Morton Frozen Foods and Reynolds Metal Company
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Advertisements for H. Hicks & Sons and other companies
undated
Box: 69 Folder : 7 Design concept for Ogden Foods
Box: 63 Folder : 3 Corning Commemorative Series advertising campaign
Box: 63 Folder : 4 Good Housekeeping magazine featuring Dorsey artwork
1972 December
Box: 18 Folder : 12-13 Photographs of Leslie Dorsey

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