Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of miscellaneous corporate records of the printing firm of Bowne & Co., Inc. of New York City; and original 18th- 19th century manuscripts and genealogical papers relating to Robert Bowne (1744-1818), merchant of New York City and founder of the firm bearing his name, and other members of the Bowne and related families. The bulk of the collection (90%) consists of corporate records of Bowne & Co., Inc., including miscellaneous business correspondence and memoranda; miscellaneous documents relating to the firm's officers, employees and stockholders; samples of the firm's printing jobs from the 19th century to the 1990's; corporate minutes; annual reports; scrapbooks of corporate memorabilia; photographs of officers, employees, plant facilities and corporate ceremonies and events; pen and ink drawings of Bowne executives at work; books bearing the Bowne & Co. imprint; miscellaneous artifacts; and audio-visual materials.
Included in the original manuscripts and genealogical papers are original letters by Robert Bowne (1744-1818) and his wife, Elizabeth Bowne, and other members of the Bowne and related families; miscellaneous family papers including mercantile documents; and correspondence, research notes and papers, biographical sketches and other papers relating mainly to the genealogy of the Bowne, Collins, Grinnell, Haines, Hartshorne and Minturn families.
The Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. collection relating to Bowne & Co is arranged in two series:
This series is arranged into two subseries: A. Bowne Family Correspondence and Papers (originals and transcripts); and B. Genealogical and Historical Research Papers.