Belle da Costa Greene letter to H.M. Lydenberg, 15 November 1924

Greene proceeds to correspond with H.M. Lydenberg, Reference Librarian at NYPL, about various exhibition matters including the checklist, labels, opening and closing dates, and even a promotional poster. In reviewing a proof of the poster, which apparently sported “The Pierpont Morgan Library” in rather large lettering, Greene writes, “We really are not as conceited as we seem, so that I think it would be better to have the first 2 lines of ‘Original Manuscripts and Drawings of English Authors’ in somewhat larger type, so that the words ‘The Pierpont Morgan Library’ will not stand out so prominently.” From institutional negotiations and checklist development to label writing and promotional materials, Belle Greene was deeply involved in every aspect of the Morgan’s first exhibition of literary manuscripts.

Belle da Costa Greene, retained copy of typed letter to H.M. Lydenberg, 15 November 1924. ARC 1310. Archives of the Morgan Library & Museum.