Ink Maker

Ink Maker

John Hastings Jr. Papers, 1810-1857.

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This collection of family papers reflects both the personal and professional life of John Hastings, Jr.  Although his birthplace is unknown, Hastings died in Newton, Massachusetts, and worked throughout New England during his life.  A perfect fit for AAS’s strength in book history, this collection of papers features business correspondence from Hastings’ time as an ink manufacturer.  In addition to ink production, Hastings also worked as an artist, school teacher, poet, newspaper publisher, and politician.  His papers include not only business correspondence, but also family correspondence, political papers, papers on ink and the Masonic brotherhood, poetry, artwork, and sketches.  Two oil portraits on wood done by Hastings were part of this collection as well, and are being kept in the Graphic Arts collection.

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