Guide to the Gardner Teall Collection, 2500 B.C.E.–1944 C.E.

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Reference Code: USGZE UHC 363

Accession Number: 18-009

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 363

Creator: Teall, Gardner C.

Title: Gardner Teall Collection

Dates: 2500 B.C.E.–1944 C.E.

Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 record carton)

Location of Collection: A10/1a

Languages: Collection materials are in English and cuneiform script.

Summary: Cuneiform tablets and a series of woodcuts and bookplates donated to the University in the 1930s and 1940s by Gardner C. Teall.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gardner C. Teall, son of William A. Teall, was born on March 6, 1876 in Eau Claire Wisconsin. Teall was a well-known author, artist, editor, and world traveler. His works include “The Pleasure of Collecting” and “A Little Garden the Year ‘Round.” In 1943, Teall presented the first display of his donated items at an art showing at the Eau Claire State Teachers College. The donation included photographs, bookplates, woodcuts, and books that were primarily for art, literature, and history classes. Components of his initial donation would later be integrated into the University Art Collection and general library collection.

Throughout his life, Teall was the editor of multiple magazines including “House-Garden” and “Hearst’s Magazine,” as well as an illustrator. While he lived in New York, he became a member of The Authors Club of New York City. He died at the age of 78 on July 22, 1956.

Content Description

The Gardner Teall Collection, donated in 1943 and 1944, consists of seven copper plates and two wood blocks used in the creation of bookplates. There is also a demonstration piece that shows the creation of woodblock illustration, and drawn proof of a bookplate. Finally, there are also five cuneiform tablets in the collection. Documentation regarding the contents of these tablets is also found in this collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire prior to January 2011.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Gardner Teall Collection, 2500 B.C.E–1944 C.E., UHC 363. Special Collections & Archives.  McIntyre Library.  University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Gregory Kocken in May 2018.

Arrangement: Flat.

OCLC #: 1048614995


Personal Names: Teall, Gardner C.

Subject Terms: Woodcut; Wood Engraving; Woodblock Printing; Bookplate; Book Design; Cuneiform writing; Cuneiform inscriptions