Scope and arrangement
Carl H. Pforzheimer (1879-1957) began collecting books while in his early teens. In the second, third and fourth decades of the 20th Century, he assembled one of the most distinguished rare book and manuscript libraries of English and American literature, including important milestones in intellectual progress. His library included the contents of the catalog The Carl H. Pforzheimer Library: English Literature, 1475-1700 (1940), now at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, Texas, and the material relating to "Shelley and his Circle" now at The New York Public Library (catalog in process, 1990). The library, continued after his death by the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, Inc., also included rare continental incunables and 16th Century books, various 18th Century landmarks of English literature, George Gissing, Bruce Rogers, other fine printing, and some splendid examples of original artwork used as book illustration.
Two series: I. Invoices and Purchase Memoranda; II. Book Acquisition Lists