Print Collection 5: Reece Marriner Oberteuffer Dickens CollectionCharles Dickens (1812-1870), regarded today as one of the greatest English novelists, was both prolific and immensely popular with the public throughout his lifetime. His success continued after his death, leading to the production of a flourish of memorabilia celebrating his life and career. Collecting such memorabilia, known as Dickensiana, became a passion for many of his devoted readers.
This collection of Dickensiana, assembled by Reece Marriner Oberteuffer, consists of postcards, engravings, drawings, playbills, ephemera, and scrapbooks directly related to works by Charles Dickens. The majority of the materials in the collection were generated after the author's death in 1870. The collection was given to the University in 1997 by Oberteuffer's grandson, Robert Matthews Johnson, of Wilmette, Illinois.
Organization and arrangement:
- 1) Postcards
- 2) Images
- 3) Ephemera
- 4) Playbills
- 5) Scrapbooks. Postcards are grouped by series. Other materials, whenever possible, are organized by series or alphabetically.