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Philip Mills Arnold Papers (MSS006)

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Cryptography

Sign Languages

Telegraphy

Accounting and Geometry

Paleography - Writing

Mnemonics

Language - Philosophy - Philology

Stenography

Specimens of Early Typography

Miscellany

Microfilm

Realia

Personal Papers



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Philip Mills Arnold Papers (MSS006), 1477-1981 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Philip Mills Arnold Papers (MSS006), 1477-1981Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1477-1981

ID: MSS/MSS/006

Primary Creator: Arnold, Philip Mills. American businessman and collector.

Extent: 39.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 06/05/1979

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection, perhaps the most diverse and comprehensive of all the Washington University Libraries Special Collections, brings together a broad range of materials dealing with or exemplifying the nature and characteristics of communication. Placing particular emphasis on early printed materials that appeared at early stages of the development of interest in topics relevant to semeiology, the Arnold Collection had especially strong holdings in the fields of cryptography, artificial memory, decipherment of unknown languages, early development sin stenography, Braille, deaf and mute languages, and various forms of nonverbal communication.

Complementing the more than 2,000 volume in the Arnold book collection that forms the largest component of the Semiology Collection is a small, yet select, group of manuscripts and printed ephemera, including materials relating to cryptography, sign languages, telegraphy, accounting, paleography, mnemonics, philosophy, stenography, and other topics.

The sign languages section contains numerous single printed sheets from the nineteenth century depicting different systems for deaf-mute communication in many languages, probably published as teaching aids. The three items on telegraphy emphasize its use for the military, focusing on secretly communicating sensitive offers for maneuvers. Items included in the Accounting and Paleography sections demonstrate the variety of early forms of alternative numerological systems and alternative scripts, both of which indicate that communication is based on an ever-changing use of various signs.

An important work on mnemonics, Raymond Lull’s Ars demonstrativa et ars brevis, highlights this curious and frequently mystical system of logic, metaphysics, and the intricate workings of the communicating mind. Manuscripts depicting many of the thousands of separate languages of the world are also included in the collection, mostly relying on biblical texts to illustrate the complex nature of human communication. One other example of alternative means of communicating is a shorthand version of the Psalms.

Finally, included as an illustration of the early evaluation of printing, are 52 specimens of early typography, dating from 1477 to 1674. Taken as a whole, the manuscript collection reveals the interdisciplinary nature of semeiology and reflects the eclectic range of Arnold’s important collection.

Collection Historical Note

Philip Mills Arnold, executive, researcher, and scholar, retired in 1976 as vice president for research and developement of Phillips Petroleum Company after nearly forty years with the company. Most of his career was spent in scientific research. He played a ,ajor role in the company's entry into the chemical industry, in which it rapidly became a major producer of synthetic rubber, plastics, fibers, and fertilizers.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1970, Arnold also has been active in the National Research Council. He served in the Executive Committee of its Division of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and on its committee on Scholarly Communication with the Peoples' Republic of China.

While his professional life has been devoted to science and technology, his avocaton has been study in the humanities. The holder of 22 patents, Arnold reads widely in several languages. A student of semeiology - the study of the use of signs and symbols - Arnold has explored the history of communication, from efforts to relate through universal languages and alphabets, to systems to conceal, specifically, codes and ciphers. He founded in 1966 and has supported over the years the Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection. In addition, Arnold built other distinguished collections, including early books on comets and early editions of the medieval philosopher Boethius. Upon Arnold's death in 1995, the libraries received the bequest, as well as his entire estate.

Arnold earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1932 and a master of science degree in chemical engineering in 1941 from Washington University. In 1968, he was recognixed at Founders Day with an Alumni Citation from the Washington University Board of Governors.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift of Philip Mills Arnold

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 1488. Gift of Philip Mills Arnold, June 5, 1979

Accession number 1492. Gift of Philip Mills Arnold, June 6, 1979

Accession number 1730. Gift of Philip Mills Arnold, July 1, 1987

Accession number 22953. Gift of Philip Mills Arnold, February 12, 1990

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Cryptography, 1531-1834],
[Series 2: Sign Languages, 1679-1836],
[Series 3: Telegraphy, 1803-1812],
[Series 4: Accounting and Geometry, 1775-1816],
[Series 5: Paleography - Writing, 1664-1835],
[Series 6: Mnemonics, 1516],
[Series 7: Language - Philosophy - Philology, 1838-1855],
[Series 8: Stenography, Undated],
[Series 9: Specimens of Early Typography, 1477-1674],
[Series 10: Miscellany, 1633-1816],
[Series 11: Microfilm, 1981],
[Series 12: Realia],
[Series 13: Personal Papers],
[All]

Series 9: Specimens of Early Typography, 1477-1674Add to your cart.
52 items. Located in oversize.
Folder 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: 8. Deutsche Bible, 1480.Add to your cart.

Published by Anton Sorg in Augsburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 2: 13. Hochdentsche Bibel, 1507.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Hans Otmar in Augusburg,

Located in oversize.

Item 3: Agenda, ca. 1530.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Lebaldus Mayer in Dillingen.

Located in oversize.

Item 4: Angelus, Märkische Jahrgeschichten, 1598.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by J. Hartmann in Frankfurt am Oder.

Located in oversize.

Item 5: Augustinus, De civitatede, 1498-9Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Bonetus Locatellus in Venice.

Located in oversize.

Item 6: Bergomensis, Supplementum supplementi, cronicarum, 1506.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Georgius de Ruseonibus in Venice.

Located in oversize.

Item 7: Biblia Latina Hentenii, 1570.Add to your cart.

(2 pages)  Published by Amatus Tavernerius in Antwerp.

Located in oversize.

Item 8: Biblia latina, 1574.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Haeredes Beuilaguae in Venice.

Located in oversize.

Item 9: Brandenburgische Kirchenordnung, 1543.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Petreius in Nuremburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 10: Castellanuns, Rosario Mariae, 1522 or later.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by M. Sessa and P. di Rauani in Venice.

Located in oversize.

Item 11: M. T. Cicero, Orationes, 1527.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Jodocus Badius Ascensius in Paris.

Located in oversize.

Item 12: Caspar Creutziger, Kirchen-Postille Luthers, 1533.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Hans Kraff in Wittenberg.

Located in oversize.

Item 13: [Catechismus or Kinderpredigt], 1544.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Daubmann in Königsberg.

Located in oversize.

Item 14: Petrus de Natalibus, Catalogus sanctorum, 1545.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Jacobusgiveti in Lyon.

Located in oversize.

Item 15: Johann de Vanckel, Summarium, 1494.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by I. J. Koelhoff in Cologne.

Located in oversize.

Item 16: Johan Dietenberger, Katholische Bibel, 1564.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johan Quentals Erben and Gerwinus Calenius in Cologne.

Located in oversize.

Item 17: Horatius Flaccius, Öpera, 1498.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Grüninger in Strassburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 18: Fust & Schoeffer, Psalter, 1933.Add to your cart.

(1 page) Published by Cuneo Press, Inc. in Chicago, IL. 1456 original date, 1933 facsimile date.

Located in oversize.

Item 19: Galeni Isagogic libri in artem medicam, 1556.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Junta in Venice.

Located in oversize.

Item 20: Geiler von Keisersperg, Predigten zu Brants Narrenschiff, 1520.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Gruiniger in Strassburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 21: Graduate Monasterieuse, 1536.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Haro Alopecius in Cologne.

Located in oversize.

Item 22: Grisoni, Pferdebuch, 1608.Add to your cart.

Published in Augsburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 23: Caspar Hedion, Auserlesene Chronik, 1539.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Crafft Myller in Strassburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 24: Herodutus Halicarnensis, Book 9, 1537.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by M. Godefrid, Hittorpiji in Cologne.

Located in oversize.

Item 25: Hieronymus, Epistulae, 1508.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Jakob Saccon in Lyon.

Located in oversize.

Item 26: Hieronymus, Leben der Altväter, ca. 1477.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published in Strassburg. Anti-Christ Drucker.

Located in oversize.

Item 27: Augustinus Hippon, Sextus tonus operum, 1528.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Officina Forbeniana in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 28: Hortulus animae, 1506?Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Michael Furter in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 29: Hortulus animae, 1586.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Mayer in Dillingen.

Located in oversize.

Item 30: Kiedrich Psalter, Undated.Add to your cart.

(4 pages) Published by Farbwerke Hoechst in Hoechst, Germany. Modern facsimile.

Located in oversize.

Item 31: Kurtz bekentnis Di Marti Luthers vom heiligen Sacrament, 1544.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Hans Cufft in Wittenberg.

Located in oversize.

Item 32: Krantz, Wandala, 1519.Add to your cart.

Published by J. Sotar in Cologne.

Located in oversize.

Item 33: Leben der Heiligen, 1488.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Anton Koberger in Nuremberg.

Located in oversize.

Item 34: Leben der Heiligen, 1513.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Gruninger in Strassburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 35: Titus Liuius and Lucius Florus, Von Ankunfft und Ursprung des Römischen Reichs, 1575.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Theodor Rihel in Strassburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 36: F. Hector Pintus Lusitanus, Commentaria in Esaiam, 1561.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Theobaldus Paganus in Lyon.

Located in oversize.

Item 37: Luther-Bibel, 1674.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Christoph Endter in Nuremburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 38: Luther-Bibel, 1561.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Hans Luft in Wittenberg.

Located in oversize.

Item 39: Jacobi Machelli, Patrocinia Forensis, 1560.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johannes Rubens and Alexander Benacius in Bologna.

Located in oversize.

Item 40: Missale Romanum, 1631.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Balthasari Moreti in Antwerp.

Located in oversize.

Item 41: Sebastian Münster, Kosmographie, 1550.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Henriepetri in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 42: Sebastian Münster, Kosmographie, 1556.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Henriepetri in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 43: Sebastian Münster, Kosmographie, 1578.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Henriepetri in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 44: Sebastian Münster, Kosmographie, 1592.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Henriepetri in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 45: Postilla Guillermi, 1515.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Michael Furter in Basel.

Located in oversize.

Item 46: Reisch, Margarita philosophica, 1504.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Scott in Strassburg.

Located in oversize.

Item 47: Ringman,C. Julli des Ersten Römakeysers Beschreibung aller Kriege, 1565.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Peter Schmidt in Frankfurt am Main.

Located in oversize.

Item 48: Rüxner, Turnierbuch, 1566.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Georg Raben in Frankfurt am Main.

Located in oversize.

Item 49: Sacerdotale ad S. R. eccl. consuetudinem, 1587.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Junta in Venice.

Located in oversize.

Item 50: Stumpf, Schweizer Chronik, 1606.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Johann Wolf in Zurich.

Located in oversize.

Item 51: Untitled, 1558.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Lorenzo Torrentius in Florence.

Located in oversize.

Item 52: Gualtherius H. Rouius Vitruvius, Von der Architektur, 1575.Add to your cart.

(2 pages) Published by Henriepetri in Basel.

Located in oversize.


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Cryptography, 1531-1834],
[Series 2: Sign Languages, 1679-1836],
[Series 3: Telegraphy, 1803-1812],
[Series 4: Accounting and Geometry, 1775-1816],
[Series 5: Paleography - Writing, 1664-1835],
[Series 6: Mnemonics, 1516],
[Series 7: Language - Philosophy - Philology, 1838-1855],
[Series 8: Stenography, Undated],
[Series 9: Specimens of Early Typography, 1477-1674],
[Series 10: Miscellany, 1633-1816],
[Series 11: Microfilm, 1981],
[Series 12: Realia],
[Series 13: Personal Papers],
[All]


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