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Lindseth Collection of Alice in Wonderland Ephemera

Call Number



1900-2015, inclusive
; 1930-1970, bulk


Montgomery, Lall G. (Role: Collector)


67 Linear Feet
in 27 record cartons, 18 manuscript boxes, 31 flat boxes, 3 shared oversize boxes, 6 oversize folders, 1 rolled storage tube, 1 box binder, and 3 unhoused art objects.

Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English, with material in Japanese, French, and Czech.


The Lindseth Collection of Alice in Wonderland Ephemera comprises toys, auction catalogs, games, housewares, dolls, posters, books, vinyl sound discs and art relating to Alice in Wonderland collected by Dr. Lall Montgomery. This collection documents Alice in Wonderland in American popular culture.

Biographical Note

The bulk of the material was acquired by Dr. Lall Montgomery.

Dr. Lall G. Montgomery was born in Deloraine, Manitoba in July 1902. He took his premedical work at the University of Manitoba and graduated in Medicine from the Manitoba Medical College in 1929. After graduation he spent two years in the study of tuberculosis in the Manitoba Sanatorium at Ninette, Manitoba, and then spent three years as a Fellow in Pathology in the Mayo Foundation of the University of Minnesota at the May Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After completing this Fellowship, he became director of the Department of Pathology and the Pathology Laboratories of the Ball Memorial Hospital, in Muncie, Indiana where he became Senior Pathologist in the Pathology Department. Dr. Lall G. Montgomery was a Founding Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, and Delegate from the Section on Pathology and Physiology to American Medical Association, President of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Indiana State Medical Association, and was a member of the Advisory Board of Medical Specialties, representing the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States.

The Lall G. Montgomery Papers (1929-1970) are housed at Alexander M. Bracken Library, at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana.

In an article published in the January 1965 magazine Doll Collector, Dr. Montgomery says: "It may be difficult to imagine how collecting dolls may have occurred to a collector of translations, but again this will not seems as surprising to a collector as to the non-initiated; in fact this is the usual way in which any collection will branch out into many diverse fields of interest and into many seemingly unrelated ways and by-ways, such as in my case, specially illustrated editions, special biding, parodies, games, pictures, cutouts, sheet music and phonographic recordings, to mention just a few and of course, dolls."

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN.


The Lindseth Collection of Alice in Wonderland Ephemera is organized by series and then by object. When applicable, certain items have the following information: Title, Description and Dimension.

Oversized items are located at the end of the finding aid.

Researchers should be aware that there is some overlap between contents of the series. Some material, such as clippings and calendars, can be found in multiple series of the collection.

The Collection is arranged into 9 Series:

Series I: Auction Catalogs

Series II: Housewares/Decorations

Series III: Games/Dolls/Toys/Puppets

Series V: Printed Ephemera

Series IV: Photographs/Slides

Series VII: Books/Magazines/Clippings/Newspapers

Series VIII: Art

Series IX: Media

Scope and Contents

The Lindseth Collection of Alice in Wonderland Ephemera comprises toys, auction catalogs, games, housewares, dolls, posters, books, vinyl sound discs and art relating to Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Lall G. Montgomery's collection represents the wide variety of different ways Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass have been interpreted in American popular culture.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Lindseth Collection of Alice in Wonderland Ephemera; MSS 368; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jon Lindseth, 2015. The accession number associated with this gift is 2017.191.

Custodial History

Items in accession number 2017.191 were loaned by Jon Lindseth to the Grolier Club for an exhibit in fall 2015. The materials were then transferred to NYU in November 2015.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and are unavailable to researchers.

Related Material at Fales Library and Special Collections

The Alfred C. Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll, MSS.057

Related Materials

Della Thomas collection (1913-2004) housed at the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University

G. Edward Cassady, M.D. and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N. Lewis Carroll collection of ephemera, housed at the USC Libraries at the University of Southern California

Collection processed by

Marissa Hiller, with Charlie Morgan, 2015. Sophie Glidden-Lyon, 2016.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2024-02-06 14:22:51 -0500.
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Language: English

Processing Information

Processing decisions made prior to 2021 were not recorded. In April 2021, conservators and archivists rehoused selected boxes in the collection in preparation for off-site storage. Items were housed in boxes by material composition rather than series arrangement.

Revisions to this Guide

November 2017: Updated to include materials integrated from accession number 2017.191 by Megan O'Shea
April 2021: Updated by Weatherly Stephan to reflect preservation rehousing of boxes


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