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Mary L. Richmond Cummington Press Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0005

Scope and Contents

The Mary L. Richmond Cummington Press Collection covers the fine arts presswork of Harry Duncan (1916-1997) under the Cummington Press imprint (1941-1972), as well as examples of Duncan's work while at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, under the Abattoir Editions imprint (1972-1986). The collection also includes the illustrations of Paul Wightman Williams (d. 1957) under the Cummington Press imprint (1944-1957). The collection includes books, galley proofs, prints, drawings, engraved copper plates, carved wood blocks, cards, playbills, and other materials created by diverse authors and artists and printed by Harry Duncan. These materials were collected by Mary L. Richmond.


  • Creation: 1939-1985


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

The Conditions Governing Access policy of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at

Conditions Governing Use

The Conditions Governing Use policy of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at


2.45 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Mary L. Richmond donated this collection to the University of Nebraska at Omaha in November 1977. The collection was received in February 1978 by the Collection Development Department.

The collection was appraised by Richard Flamer of the Antiquarium Bookstore, Omaha, Nebraska, in October 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mary L. Richmond

Related Materials

UNO's Special Collections Fine Arts Press Collection.

Abattoir Editions Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Cummington Press Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Cummington Press records and Harry Duncan papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Separated Materials

115 books were cataloged and may be found by searching the local subject heading "Mary L. Richmond Collection" in the library catalog.

Statement on Harmful Material

Materials in UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections are historical in nature and reflect the society in which they were produced. As such, they may contain racial, gender, sexual, religious, and other language and imagery that are offensive by today's standards. The documents, images, publications, and other materials have been retained in order to fully represent the materials in their original format. If the offensive text is not in the original, but in a finding aid, catalog record, or other description created by library employees, please contact Archives and Special Collections to bring this to our attention. Archives & Special Collections is guided by the core values of the Society of American Archivists. If you have questions about this statement or about Archives and Special Collections' work, we welcome your feedback. Please contact us at or 402-554-6046.

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Processing Information

Preliminary inventory created by Mel Bohn, Reference Librarian, in the 1980s. Robert Nash, Special Collections Librarian, continued work on preliminary inventory starting in 2005, completing inventory in 2019. The majority of the books in the collection were cataloged prior to 2005. Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator, completed book cataloging in 2019, integrating the books into the Fine Arts Press collection. Processing, including rehousing of the non-book portion of the collection, was completed by Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator, in 2022.


Mary L. Richmond Cummington Press Collection
Angela Kroeger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States