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S.C. Malone Penmanship Collection


The collection consists of 73 examples of penmanship, thought to be the work of Samuel Curtis Malone or his associates. Included are alphabets, projects for  specific clients, decorative borders and unspecified blanks, and promotional pieces for S.C. Malone's business in Baltimore, Maryland. There are also 3 items of instructional penmanship from Malone's teaching endeavors, and approximately 22 items that are sketches, preparatory drawings, and notes. One drawing has a notation "by Arthur P. Myers." Click here to download complete collection description, including image survey.


n.d. and 1890-1932

Biographical History

Samuel Curtis Malone (d. 1938) was the son of John Curtis Malone (1818 - 1908, died in WestVirginia) and Sarah J. Malone (1826-1906). At the time of his death, he had worked in Baltimore for about 50 years, and also had a home in Fairmont, West Virginia. Malone was nationally known as a penman and engrosser, maintaining a studio in Baltimore, MD as early as 1888, doing bookplates, genealogies, coats of arms, crests, diplomas, and certificates. His clients included the City of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, and the B&O Railroad. He did commissions and taught penmanship classes at his office on Charles Street.

S.C. Malone was also a handwriting expert, and often called for court testimony. In 1935, Malone and his partner Arthur P. Myers were asked to testify for the defense in the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused kidnapper of the child of Charles A. LIndbergh, but they declined to testify in Hauptmann's defense after examining the evidence -- ransom notes -- and concluding that the handwriting was that of Hauptmann.

Related Materials

S.C. Malone's work is included in the following publication:
Henning, William E., and Paul Melzer. 2002.
An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy
New Castle, Del: Oak Knoll Press
Decker Library call number Z43 .H53 2002 Quarto

Examples of his work are included in the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection at the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton , and available for viewing online.

Image Information
Detail from promotional piece for S.C. Malone's studio, 1896. Folder 8-9, S.C. Malone Penmanship Collection.