Historic Baltimore penmanship collection on display
Posted 01.04.17 by Meredith Moore
When viewing this exhibit, it's almost incomprehensible to realize that all of these images were drawn by hand. The precision and patience it took to create each piece is something at which to marvel. What you see is a mere sampling of the S.C. Malone Penmanship Study Collection, which is part of Decker Library's special collections, and consists of 98 examples of penmanship created by Samuel Curtis Malone (d. 1938) or his associates. Included are alphabets, projects for specific clients, decorative borders and unspecified blanks, as well as promotional pieces. The study collection is available by request to students and faculty for in library use.
S.C. Malone, a nationally known master penman, maintained a studio in Baltimore as early as 1888, fulfilling commissions for bookplates, coat of arms, crests, and diplomas. Certificates were created for clients such as the City of Baltimore, University of Maryland, and the B&O Railroad. As a handwriting expert, Malone was often called for court testimony.
Penmanship classes were also offered at his office which was located in four different locations throughout the years: 5 North Charles Street, 9 North Charles Street, 331 North Charles Street, and 323 North Charles Street.
A finding aid for the collection is also available on the Decker Library website.
Thumbnail and this page: Examples from the S.C. Malone Penmanship collection, photos by Meredith Moore.
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 48 states and the District of Columbia and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.
This page was last updated on 01/04/2017.