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Snail's Pace Press Ephemera Collection, 1922-1963 (Bulk: 1924-1957)
1 half archives box (0.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Chiefly printed ephemera of Francis H. Fobes' Snail's Pace Press, including pamphlets of Greek and Roman texts, college examinations, certificates, light verse, and holiday greetings. Also, a small amount of correspondence of Fobes and others regarding the Press, and a biographical remembrance of Fobes.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Snail's Pace Press Ephemera Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Historical Note

Professor Francis H. Fobes (1881-1957) founded the Snail's Pace Press at Amherst College in 1922. Fobes, who attended Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard University (M.A. 1904, Ph.D 1912), and Oxford University, taught Greek and Latin, first at Harvard and then at Union College before joining the faculty at Amherst College in 1920. He became an emeritus professor of Classics in 1948. Fobes died in 1957. Fobes' avocations included clocks, kites, genealogy, and printing. In the basement of Morris Pratt Hall (a college dormitory where he also lived for most of his years at Amherst), he set up an antique hand press, which he used to produce pamphlets on handmade Italian paper. The snail device of the Press reflected the slow, casual pace of Fobes' work, which he conducted purely as a hobby rather than a commercial venture. The earliest pamphlets he printed were lectures given by his academic colleagues; he also printed Greek examinations for his Amherst College classes, as well as literary translations, poems (including light verse), certificates, and holiday greetings. One of the Press's earliest publications was Abu Ben Aladdin: A Just-So Night, a lecture by John N. Vedder of Union College. Fobes designed his own Greek font which he called "Benner Greek," named after his teacher at Andover, Allen Rogers Benner, which was intended to emulate the miniscule Greek script of the ninth and tenth centuries. Fobes printed several booklets using this font. In accordance with his wishes, the hand press used by Fobes was given to Dartmouth College upon his death.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists chiefly of printed ephemera of Francis H. Fobes' Snail's Pace Press, including pamphlets of Greek and Roman texts, college examinations, certificates, light verse, and holiday greetings. The majority of the items are merely duplicate copies of specimens catalogued in the Amherst College Library, most especially gathered in a scrapbook entitled Snail's Pace Press, Established 1922. Also included in the collection is a small amount of correspondence of Fobes and others regarding the Press, and a biographical remembrance of Fobes by Arthur Stanley Pease.

This collection is organized into one series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Snail's Pace Press Ephemera Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Snail's Pace Press Ephemera Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The collection appears to have been compiled from various sources at different times, including Francis Fobes and Amherst College Librarian Newton F. McKeon.

Processing Information

Processed in Nov. 2014 by Peter A. Nelson.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
Greek, Latin, English

Contents List
Series 1



Arthur Stanley Pease, "Francis Howard Fobes," in: Harvard Library Bulletin, XIII no. 1 (Winter 1959)
1959

Box 1: folder 1
Snail's Pace Press device
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Fobes correspondence
1943-1957

Box 1: folder 3
Other correspondence
1924, 1963

Box 1: folder 4
Snail's Pace Press blank stationery
[ca. 1922?]

Box 1: folder 5
Holiday greeting cards
1929-1937

Box 1: folder 6
Photographs of the press
[1930s?]

Box 1: folder 7
Amherst College Library bookplate of Fobes
1957

Box 1: folder 8
A.E. Housman, Fragment of a Greek Tragedy (reprinted 1936)
1936-1949

Box 1: folder 9
Address in Greek presented to Allen Rogers Benner
1938

Box 1: folder 10
Sodalitas Philologa (Amherst College Philology Club) - blank certificates
[1931?]

Box 1: folder 11
Address to University of Athens
1937

Box 1: folder 12
Reviews of Benner Greek
1932

Box 1: folder 13
"A Dozen Ditties" by Willard Thorp (AC 1920)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
Olympiodorus, Life of Plato (6 copies)
1932

Box 1: folder 15
Bishop Arsenius, "Lines on Easter Sunday" (in Greek)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Miscellaneous notes, printed fragments, etc.


Box 1: folder 17

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Subjects
  • Printed ephemera - United States
  • Printers - United States

Contributors
  • Fobes, F. H. (Francis Howard)


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