Daniel Gibson Knowlton

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Daniel Gibson Knowlton
Born (1922-11-14) November 14, 1922 (age 92)
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
Citizenship United States of America
Years active 1956-1992[1]
Organization Brown University
Known for Bookbinding, restoration
Home town Washington, D.C., USA
Spouse(s) Lavina "Nina" Fales[2]
Children Jean Catherine Knowlton
Daniel Charles Knowlton
Parents Daniel W. Knowlton
Josephine Gibson Knowlton[3]

Daniel Gibson Knowlton (born November 14, 1922) was an American classicist bookbinder at Brown University.[4] Knowlton is the nephew of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and a descendant of Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford.[5]

Biography[edit]

Daniel Gibson Knowlton was born to Daniel W. Knowlton, assistant chief of counsel to the Interstate Commerce Commission, and Josephine Gibson Knowlton, the sister of renowned graphic artist and former Life magazine publisher Charles Dana Gibson.[6] He is the great-great-grandson of U.S. Senator James DeWolf and the great-great-great-grandson of U.S. Senator William Bradford. At the age of four, he took a short flight with Charles Lindbergh, making him the youngest person to have flown with the aviation pioneer at that time.[7] In 1928, he met President Herbert Hoover in the White House.[7] At age 7, Knowlton was diagnosed with mastoiditis and endured operations that were only temporarily successful.[8] His hearing disability was later corrected with the introduction of the hearing aid.[9]

Knowlton studied bookbinding in Washington, D.C. under Marion Lane, who was trained by preeminent binder Francis Sangorski of London. In 1935, He acquired bookbinding equipment from a woman who was about to sell her bindery to the Library of Congress.[1]

On October 19, 1949, Knowlton married Lavina "Nina" Fales of Bristol, Rhode Island in a ceremony held at his family's historic Longfield House.[2][9] They had two children, Jean Catherine Knowlton and Daniel Charles Knowlton.[10] In 1969, he inherited Longfield from his mother and passed on the house in 1972, when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[11]

Bookbinding work[edit]

In 1956, Knowlton became a member of the Guild of Bookworkers. That year, he started work at John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, which had been without an in-house bookbinder for 40 years. Over the years, he worked at the Annmary Brown, Rockefeller, and John Hay libraries across the campus.[1]

In the early 1970s, Knowlton acquired Markey & Asplund Bookbinders from the Asplund family in Providence, Rhode Island. He expanded the bindery's operations by offering restoration services.[12] Knowlton attracted apprentices of hand binding and offered certificates for his classes. His students included Karen Dugan, Christine Merrikin Musser, Richard Minsky and Eric Zimmerman.[13][14] Knowlton had met Minsky in 1968 at Brown University.[4] Knowlton exhibited his work at the Center for Book Arts, founded by Minsky in 1974.[15] In 1981, Knowlton sold the bindery to Eric and Kenda Zimmerman.[16]

Knowlton retired from Brown University in 1992. He has continued to work and teach bookbinding part-time at his Longfield Studio in Bristol.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ruth M. Strach (June 2007). "Member Profile: Daniel G. Knowlton". The Guild of Book Workers Newsletter (Guild of Bookworkers). pp. 8–10. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b New York Times (1949-04-03). "Lavina Fales Betrothed; Bristol, R.I. Girl Will Be Wed to Daniel G. Knowlton". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  3. ^ New York Times (1921-10-13). "Miss Gibson Weds Under Linden Tree". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Richard Minsky - Book Artist". Artschools.com. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  5. ^ Andrea Hurley (2004). What a Life: The Incredible Story of Josephine "Dadie" Jordan. Trafford Publishing. p. 290. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  6. ^ Hurley (2004). What a Life. p. 5. 
  7. ^ a b Hurley (2004). What a Life. p. 8. 
  8. ^ Hurley (2004). What a Life. p. 10. 
  9. ^ a b Hurley (2004). What a Life. p. 87. 
  10. ^ Hurley (2004). What a Life. p. 136. 
  11. ^ Laura Barbeau (December 1979). "LONGFIELD (Gibson House) HABS No.RI-129". Historic American Buildings Survey (National Park Service). p. 2. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  12. ^ "More About the Bindery". Markey & Asplund Bookbinders. 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Meet the Illustrator Karen Dugan". Cricket Magazine Group. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  14. ^ "About the Artist - Christine Musser". Merrikin Designs. 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  15. ^ "The Art of the Book". Center for Book Arts. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  16. ^ "About the Bindery". Markey & Asplund Bookbinders. 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-29.