Mary Hyde Eccles Collection, 1903-2002.
The 1962 Grolier Club Iter Italicum, although not the first Grolier Club tour of libraries and private collections abroad, was the most lavish to date, and by far the best documented. The tour was the brainchild of Grolier member and former Club president Donald F. Hyde, ably and energetically assisted by his wife, Mary, later Viscountess Eccles, and a member in her own right. Upon Lady Eccles’ death in 2003, the Club received a valuable and interesting trove of material relating to her participation in various Grolier Club trips and functions, including diaries, itineraries, annotated programs, and albums of photographs. Her personal records of the 1962 Grolier Club tour of Italy are particularly complete and interesting.
Gift of the estate of Mary Hyde Eccles, 2004, supplemented by the gift of Gabriel Austin, 2008.