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In the Spotlight

APHA explores handpress printing

American Printing History Association will hold its 40th annual conference at RIT in October 2015. The theme of "Printing on the Handpress & Beyond," springs from the Cary's historic printing press collection.

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Hermann Zapf, Remembered by the Cary Collection

Read the comprehensive tribute by David Pankow, about Professor Zapf's long association with RIT and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

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Celebrating Goudy 150

The Cary is marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of type designer, printer, and author, Frederic W. Goudy this Spring with an exhibition, several lectures, and a keepsake exchange. Several lectures and events have been planned throughout the year.

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Chronicles of the Cary's 45 years of collecting

A selection of items that exemplify the scope and mission of the library are featured in our new catalog. Beautiful reproductions and engrossing texts highlight various milestones in the history of printing, diverse examples of fine press printing, artists’ books, and rare artifacts.

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Wood type fonts restored

Over 100 fonts of historic wood type have been cleaned, printed, and identified by volunteers for the Cary’s Adopt-a-Font project. There are still fonts to adopt, so contact us if you want to help.

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Edges of Books

From gilt edges to fore-edge paintings, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection's exhibition, “Edges of Books,” examined the centuries-old tradition of edge decoration. A selection of artifacts from the sixteenth century to the present inspired visitors to view books in new and exciting ways. Buy the catalog today!

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Classes at the Cary Collection

Exhibitions, events, and research assistance are key activities here at the Cary, but we also offer many opportunities to host a class taught with our exceptional primary source archives and books. Contact one of the curators to schedule.

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Arthur M Lowenthal Memorial Pressroom

The Cary maintains a working technology collection of some 15 letterpress machines and over one thousand fonts of metal and wood type. Check out our press collection online or stop in to see one in action.

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Jul 8 / 2015
RIT Cary Collection will host the 2015 American...
Jun 23 / 2015
Few, if any, individuals have exerted as much...
May 8 / 2015
Cary Collection staff will be participating in the...
Apr 22 / 2015
Design historian, Paul Shaw, will deliver the next...