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William C. Mills bookplate
Description: This is a bookplate of William C. Mills (1860-1928). Mills developed an avocational interest in archaeology while making a living as a pharmacist in small towns in Ohio and Kansas from 1885 to 1897. He earned B.S. (1898) and M.S. (1902) degrees from The Ohio State University. Having served as secretary of a local archaeological society (1888-1890) in Newcomerstown, Ohio, he became curator (1898-1921) and then director (1921-1928) of the Museum of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society at Columbus. The large scroll-like piece represents a large copper plate, the only example found in the mounds at that time. In 1902 Mills, then the Society's curator, excavated the Adena Mound (Chillicothe). The center piece is the Adena Mound Effigy Pipe, one of the finest examples of sculpture work found in any mound in the United States. The whole bookplate includes drawings of objects representing explorations that Mills made. At the bottom of the main illustration are two groups of initials: "I.E.F. Del (left corner) and "A.N.M. Sc" (right corner). View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL05658
Subjects: Bookplates; Mills, William C. (William Corless), 1860-1928; Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society; Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Archaeology
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)