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Benjamin Parsons Bourland Rowfantia collection

Identifier: Spec-Coll-00007

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Scope and Content

Collection mainly consists of announcements for Rowfant Club exhibitions, lectures, auctions and meetings from 1909 to 1936. Included as enclosures in meeting announcements are subscription forms for Rowfant publications, order forms for candlesticks and bookplates, and, occasional notices for fees and donations. There are a small number of memorial tributes to notable members and letters to Bourland in regard to his term as Secretary of the club.

The Rowfant Club is a Cleveland, Ohio organization established in 1892 for "primarily the critical study of books in their various capacities to please the mind of man." Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.


  • 1909-1936

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. Collections are made available to researchers by appointment only.

Restrictions on Use

No usage restrictions

Biography of Benjamin Parsons Bourland 1870-1943

Born on May 2, 1870, in Peoria, Illinois, Benjamin Parsons Bourland was awarded Bachelor of Arts in 1889 and Master of Arts in 1890 by the University of Michigan, and, Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Vienna in 1897. As Instructor in French at the University of Michigan, he attained the rank of Assistant Professor in 1899. He accepted the position of Associate Professor of Romance Languages in Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1901. In 1905 he was made full Professor of Romance Languages, in which position he remained until his retirement, as Professor Emeritus, in 1940. He married Gertrude Louise Thayer in 1902. Bourland enjoyed a reputation as an outstanding scholar, a patron of the performing arts, a wine connoisseur, and, as a bibliophile noted for his active leadership of the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, Ohio. He died on January 12, 1943.


2.5 linear feet


Rowfantia collected by Benjamin Parsons Bourland as a Rowfant Club member.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically by date, month and year within folders reflecting one year of notices mailed to Rowfant Club members.

Acquisition Information

Gift from the library of Benjamin Parsons Bourland, in his memory, 1943

Finding aid for the Benjamin Parsons Bourland Rowfantia Collection
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States