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Victor Robinson and S. R. Shapiro papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6181

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains correspondence, booklets, receipts, photographs, and other miscellaneous papers. The papers particularly deals with the book business. The collection is dated from 1905-1946.


  • 1905-1946


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Victor Robinson and S. R. Shapiro papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

S. R. Shapiro (1911-1990) was book seller from New York City.

Solomon R. Shapiro was born 30 August 1911 in New York. He received his bachelor's degree in 1933 from New York University, and his M.A. in 1934 from Columbia University. He studied bibliographical studies at the University of London from 1934-1935. In 1935 he became the president of S.R. Shapiro Co., Books for Libraries, a position he stayed in until his death 55 years later. From 1945-1951 he also served as editor in chief of the U.S. Cumulative Book Auctions Record. In 1956 he published A Check-list of the Rarest and Most Valuable Bruce Rogers Imprints. He died on 30 October 1990, in New York.

Biographical History

Victor Robinson (1886-1947) was a medical professor at Temple University.

Victor Robinson was born in Ukraine in 1886 to a Russian physician. He attended New York University and then the New York College of Pharmacy. He also studied law at Columbia University. He received his doctorate of medicine in 1917 from the Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery (which would later become Loyola University). He would write many works on the history of medicine and would teach the history of medicine at Temple University. He also founded Medical Life, a journal of the history of medicine, and helped start the History of Science Society in 1924.


1 folder (0.2 linear ft.)




Correspondence, booklets, receipts, photographs and other miscellaneous papers of Victor Robinson and S. R. Shapiro, particularly concerning the book business, dated 1905, 1937-1946.

Custodial History note

Donated by S. R. Shapiro and Anita Robinson Shapiro in 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; S. R. Shapiro and Anita Robinson Shapiro; 1994.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts because of the contents' book dealings in Western America.

Related Archival Materials note

The Victor Robinson Papers, 1898-1947, call number MS C 28, at the United States National Library of Medicine and the Papers of S. R. Shapiro, 1895-1982 in the Library of Congress.

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Register of Victor Robinson and S. R. Shapiro papers
Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States