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Lockwood Sanford Wood Engraving Proof Books

Call Number

PR 247


1838-1913 (Bulk 1880-1904), inclusive



2.29 Linear feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

The documents in the collection are in English.


Wood engravings produced for business advertisements, mostly in and around New Haven, Connecticut.

Biographical Note

Lockwood Sanford (1817-1890) was born in Naugatuck, CT. He moved to New Haven in 1837 and became apprenticed to engraver E. L. Barber. Sanford and Barber formed a partnership in 1843. In 1847, Barber moved to California, and Sanford continued his business on his own. Sanford specialized in wood engraving used to supplement billheads, price sheets, circulars, and other publications printed by local industries, both manufacturing concerns and retail stores. Sanford's son Frederick was working in the business at the time of his father's death, and continued working as a wood engraver at least until 1913


The collection is divided into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Client Sample Books
  2. Scrapbooks

Scope and Content Note

The Lockwood Sanford Wood Engraving Proof Books span the period from 1838 to 1913 and contains compilation books with examples of the kinds of wood engravings Sanford created during his career. The majority of these images were used to print price lists or circulars issued by businesses in New Haven, CT and surrounding cities.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Lockwood Sanford Wood Engraving Proof Books, PR 247, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit


Puchase, 1936.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Wood engravings by Lockwood Sanford can be found throughout the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera (PR 031), where they are filed by type of business.

Collection processed by

Sandra Markham and Jenny Gotwals.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:49:43 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from sanford.xml


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