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Stauffer Bookplate Collection

Identifier: MS 028


This collection consists of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century bookplates designed by various artists, primarily including those designed by F & M alum David McNeely Stauffer. Although Stauffer spent most of his career as a civil engineer, he was noted for his work as a copper and steel engraver and designed bookplates for many prominent libraries including Franklin and Marshall. Stauffer also provided illustrations for Joseph Henry Dubbs' 1903 history of Franklin and Marshall College.


  • c.1880-1910.


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

David McNeely Stauffer was born on March 24, 1845 in Mount Joy (then Richmond), PA. He attended the Bell School there until his family moved to Lancaster where he continued his education at the Duke Street Secondary School. In September 1861, Stauffer entered Franklin and Marshall College. In September 1862, he left college to join the 2nd Pennsylvania Emergency Regiment serving until winter when he returned to school. In June 1863, he reentered the military joining the Independent Battery of Pennsylvania. After his enlistment expired in January 1864, Stauffer joined the Engineering Corps of the Columbia and Port DuPont Railroad. In February 1864, however, he reentered the military joining the navy as Masters Mate for Admiral David Porter. After the Civil War ended, Stauffer decided not to return to college. Instead. he returned to his job with the Columbia and Port DuPont Railroad to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. Work in this field allowed him the opportunity to work in several countries around the world, particularly Central America. In addition to his work as a Civil Engineer, Stauffer is noted for his work as an illustrator and copper and steel engraver. He designd bookplates for many prominent libraries and illustrated Joseph H. Dubbs' 1903 History of Franklin and Marshall College. Stauffer died in 1913.


.25 Linear feet (.5 box)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into folders corresponding to name of the bookplate designer or owner.

Ownership and Custodial History

It is presumed that this bookplate collection was created from part of the David McNeely Stauffer Papers collection (MS 19) and that the bookplates were donated by the same persons who provided the other Stauffer materials. They were apparently separated from the core collection due to their distinct art -of- the- book interest.

Related Archival Materials

David McNeely Stauffer Papers (MS 19): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Processing Information

Processing completed c.1992.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States