On April 20th, 2019 I visited the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. This independent library is open to the public and contains one of the best collections of American penmanship from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The collection is called the “Platt Rogers Spencer Collection” and is the personal collection of the Spencer family. The collection contains letters and calligraphic art from many of the great American penman. If you plan to visit the library, send me an email and I’ll share what I know about visiting the library and requesting the collection.
In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from the collection: