Frederick John Warburton papers
Frederick John Warburton was born in Ireland on April 23, 1842, and immigrated to the United States at age 13. He studied and practiced law in New York before becoming the secretary of the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, a position he held for more than three decades. He was also involved with the development of phonograph records in the early years of the recording industry, and with early automated vending machines. Frederick Warburton died in Hartsdale, New York, on November 2, 1917, survived by his wife Mary and daughter Helen Warburton Joy.
The collection primarily consists of testimonials related to Warburton's seventy-fifth birthday celebration on April 23, 1917, and his death in November 1917. The anniversary dinner was held at the Engineers' Club in New York, and sponsored by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, American Gramophone Company, and Automatic Clerk Company; souvenirs include a printed menu with a portrait of Warburton, an illuminated testimonial prepared for the three companies, and the June 1917 issue of Linotype news with an article about the event. Memorials regarding his death include three illuminated testimonials from the aforementioned companies, a typed resolution issued by the board of the Automatic Clerk Company, and a bound volume holding newspaper obituaries, condolence letters, and telegrams. The four leather-bound illuminated testimonials feature calligraphy on vellum, and were prepared by the New York firm of Ames & Rollinson. Additional printing-related materials are three pamphlets and one newspaper clipping about the histories of the National Typographic Company and the Graphic Process Company (1888, undated), a and a small medallion issued by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company bearing the legend: "The Linotype way is the only way."
Also present is a small group of miscellaneous ephemera: an invitation, program, and seating chart for a dinner held in honor of Count Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff by the New Yorker Staats-Zeitung on February 4, 1909; a printed report of the Long Island Council, No, 172, of the Royal Arcanum (1885), of which Warburton was a member; and a printed program for a series of talks on the theme of "A human 'house' beautiful," given by Helen Warburton Joy in 1923.
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