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Dard Hunter papers

Identifier: WatLib


The Dard Hunter papers contain correspondence (including nine letters written by Hunter, to either Charles R. Green or Carlos B. Clark), prospectuses for Hunter's books, and journal and news articles on Hunter. Also included are miscellaneous items relating to Hunter's work.


  • 1909-1979

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This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

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Biographical / Historical

Considered by many to be the reinvigorator of hand papermaking in the United States, William Joseph “Dard” Hunter was born in Ohio in 1883 to a family with strong ties to the publishing and printing industry. In 1904 he joined Elbert Hubbard’s Roycrofters in New York, where he learned to work in a variety of different media. As a result, Hunter is known as one of the greatest artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He is also known as an authority on papermaking and printing by hand, having spent most of his career researching, collecting artifacts, writing, and publishing works about the process. Hunter established Mountain House Press (Chillicothe, Ohio) and Lime Rock Mill (Lime Rock, Connecticut), the latter of which served as inspiration for handmade paper mills in the United States. The Dard Hunter Paper Museum opened in 1939 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 1996 became a part of the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking located within the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.


.49 Cubic Feet (1 flat box with 8 file folders; 1 flat box with 7 periodicals) ; 1 flat box (15.25"L x 10.25"W x 3"H) equals .27 cubic feet (as defined by UNLV Archives Calculator) 1 flat box (12.25"L x 10.25"W x 3"H) equals .22 cubic feet (as defined by UNLV Archives Calculator)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged by material type. There are five series.

Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: AIGA award Series 3: Photographs Series 4: Book Prospectuses Series 5: Printed Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Watkinson Library on an unknown date (perhaps between the late 1940s and late 1960s) by Charles R. Green.

Related Materials

Cathleen Baker, By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter (Oak Knoll Press: New Castle, DE, 2000).


“The Legacy of Dard Hunter: Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.” The Legacy of Dard Hunter | Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Accessed March 3, 2022.
Guide to the Dard Hunter papers
Amy FitzGerald, using a Microsoft-Word finding aid originally prepared for electronic publication by Michael J. Breen in July 1999. Original finding aid prepared by J.H. Kaimowitz, Curator, August 1989.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106