Scope and arrangement
The Collection consists of 15 scrapbooks, 4 notebooks and 15 posters, all of which contain samples of various styles of penmanship for the period 1878-1911. Included in the scrapbooks are calling cards, letters, envelopes, flourishes, photographs and various samples sent to Healey at Penman's Art Journal. The letters are not of interest for their content, which often concerned subscription information, book orders or words of praise for the publication, but for the penmanship skills of the writers. Other writing samples include penmanship exercises and assignments done by students, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. The scrapbooks are indexed by the names of the individual contributors or by the name of the school in the case of the student specimens.
Scrapbooks A & B contain many specimens and letters addressed to a Professor D. T. Ames, Esq. who was also affiliated with the Penman's Art Journal. These two volumes are notable in that they contain photographs of many of the correspondents.