P. W. Costello and Family Art Collection Guide

P. W. Costello and Family Art Collection

Collection Guide

Summary

Abstract
Original artwork, documents, and other materials related to master penman P. W. Costello and family members.
Source
Thomas W. Costello
Creator(s)
P. W. Costello
Date Range
1880s - 1930s
Extent
Over 400 digital images
Language(s)
English

Access and Use

Digital Access

All materials in this collection are digitized images, and nearly all are publicly available online. Access to a small number of works may be restricted due to copyright or by donor request.

Physical Access

No physical access is currently available.

Rights

Items in the University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may be made available to visiting researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives staff at archives@scranton.edu.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Artist], [Date if known], P. W. Costello and Family Art Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton. [Reference URL for digital objects]

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Contents

Administrative/Biographical History

See biographical notes on:

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains digitized images of original artwork and published reproductions of artwork by P. W. Costello (See Thomas W. Costello's Introduction to the Collection). Additional works by Costello and his descendants may be accessioned into the collection in the future.

System of Arrangement

Artwork is divided into series by artist, and then divided into subseries by category/style.

Inventory

Series I. P. W. Costello (1866-1935)

Subseries 1. Drawings [digitized]

This set includes over 300 drawings by P. W. Costello, primarily portraits of well-known figures (including actors, singers, composers, poets, politicians, and baseball players). Most drawings are black and white pen and ink, though there are a few with gray or colored shading. Most of the drawings are on large sheets of paper (often 11 x 17 inches), with the drawings themselves sized at approximately 8 x 10 inches or 8 x 13 inches.

Costello generally based his drawings on photographs, engravings, cabinet cards, or other promotional materials. He often paired the drawings with an autographed card or letter, which he purchased from a dealer or obtained from another source. A small number of drawings feature original autographs, presumably acquired by Costello when the performer played a Scranton theater.

Costello displayed many of his drawings at Costello and Fleming's Arbor Cafe, a restaurant in Scranton's theater district.

Subseries 2. Engrossings [digitized]

This set includes original artwork and published reproductions of engrossings by P. W. Costello, including engrossed resolutions, testimonials, memorials, and albums. Engrossings were generally pen and ink, but many also featured gold leaf and/or colored pigment, such as Payne's Grey.

A small number of additional engrossings by P. W. Costello are available in the Zaner-Bloser, Inc. / Sonya Bloser Monroe Penmanship Collection.

Subseries 3. Engrossing Course [digitized]

This subseries includes a 62-page engrossing course, taught by P. W. Costello.

Subseries 4. Certificates [digitized]

This subseries includes a small number of templates and completed certificates designed by P. W. Costello, including diplomas and charters of incorporation for Pennsylvania institutions.

A small number of additional certificates by P. W. Costello are available in the Zaner-Bloser, Inc. / Sonya Bloser Monroe Penmanship Collection.

Subseries 5. Cover Art [digitized]

This subseries includes front covers of programs, publications, brochures, and sheet music that feature lettering and illustration by P. W. Costello.

Subseries 6. Commercial Art [digitized]

This subseries includes letterheads, billheads, receipts, and other commercial documents that feature lettering and illustration by P. W. Costello.

Subseries 7. Advertisements [digitized, only selected items currently available]

This series includes advertisements for P. W. Costello's engrossing business.

Subseries 8. Correspondence [digitized]

This subseries includes a small number of letters and addressed envelopes sent by P. W. Costello to friends and colleagues.

Subseries 9. Miscellaneous [digitized]

This subseries includes a small number of other documents and images that feature lettering and illustration by P. W. Costello.

Subseries 10. Photographs [digitized, not yet publicly available]

A small number of photographs of P. W. Costello are available in the Zaner-Bloser, Inc. / Sonya Bloser Monroe Penmanship Collection.

Subseries 11. Supporting Materials

This series includes research materials and other resources related to P. W. Costello. Items include:


Acquisition Information

Digitized images were donated in 2015-2016 by Thomas W. Costello, great-grandson of P. W. Costello. Some images were captured from published reproductions, but most of the images were digitized from original artwork, the majority of which is owned by Thomas W. Costello. For some works, the original artwork is held by another family member or third party but was loaned out for digitization. In these cases, permission to publish the digitized image has been secured from the owner of the original.


Processing Notes

Digitization

Donor Thomas W. Costello provided the digitized images in this collection. Nearly all were captured in uncompressed TIFF format, at high resolution (600 dpi or higher). Most items were digitized in-house, some using a handheld FlipPal scanner. Oversized items were generally scanned by a commercial vendor (often Lizza Studios). Specifications are documented in the metadata for each image.

Digital images were scanned from original artwork when available. For some works, however, the location and status of the original artwork is currently unknown. In these cases, digitized images were scanned from reproductions (such as published prints, photographs, or photocopies).

Image Processing

Donor Thomas W. Costello prepared the digitized images in this collection for publication. He performed minor retouching using Photoshop; this work included color adjustment and slight edits to borders and boundaries but did not alter the original artwork.

Description

Much of the descriptive work for this collection was completed by donor Thomas W. Costello, whose extensive knowledge of Costello family history and research into P. W. Costello's artistic career proved invaluable.

Descriptive information for Series I drawings of actors and actresses was prepared by Thomas W. Costello, with the following sources as references:

Several images (some with descriptions or commentary) were published in the following penmanship journals and manuals, many of which are available in the Zaner-Bloser, Inc. / Sonya Bloser Monroe Penmanship Collection:

Harvesting

Metadata from this collection is exposed via Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Known, active harvests include: