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Daniel Berkeley Updike Papers

Identifier: MSS 0175

Scope and Contents

This collection includes: one autograph letter signed on Merrymount Press stationery, dated December 26, 1917 and addressed to Mrs. Baldwin, inviting herself and Mr. Baldwin to visit the press; one newspaper clipping of an article by Carl Greenleaf Beede entitled, "The Offices of an Artist Printer" (undated); one calling card of Mr. Daniel Berkeley Updike, Brimmer Chambers, Brimmer Street; and one New Years greeting card for 1943 to "the friends of the Merrymount Press."


  • 1917 - 1943


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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941) was a book designer and printer in New England. He was born an only child in an old and well-connected New England family, but his father's death in 1877 prevented Updike from pursuing higher education. Updike's Episcopalian background greatly influenced both his character and his later work as a printer, and his intellectual and cultural character was molded by his mother, an antiquary and scholar of French and English literature.

Updike's first book-related job was as a temporary volunteer in the library of the Providence Athenaeum. In 1880 he was offered a job as an errand boy at Houghton, Mifflin and Company of Boston. He worked at the firm for twelve years, moving up to the advertising department, where he prepared copy. In his last two years with the firm, he was transferred to the Riverside Press at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he learned about the mechanics of printing and displayed an aptitude for designing books. Upon leaving Houghton, Mifflin in 1893, Updike founded the Merrymount Press, and in 1896 he chose John Bianchi as the foreman of the press.

Although he moved the press around the Boston area over the course of approximately thirty years, Updike finally settled in at 712 Beacon Street. Throughout the history of Merrymount Press, Updike was supported by a clientele that requested and appreciated fine books. He also received the patronage of commercial publishers such as Thomas Y. Crowell and Scribners, who asked him to design high-quality editions. After Updike's death, Bianchi carried on the work of the Merrymount Press until 1949, when its operations ceased.


.02 Folders (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941) was a book designer and printer in New England.

This collection contains a letter, a newspaper article, Updike's calling card, and a holiday greeting card.

Method of Acquisition

Acquired with the purchase of The Black Art: A Homily in February 2001.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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