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Other times by appointment.

In the Spotlight

A full roster of Shakespeare programming

Throughout 2016, the Rochester community is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a series of performances and exhibitions. The Cary will next host a Shakespeare in Fine Press exhibit in Fall 2016. See the entire line up on Facebook.

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"The Book as Vessel," Guild of Bookworkers exhibit

The Cary will host The Guild of Bookworker's traveling exhibition, Vessel, starting April 30 and continuing through June 17, 2016. Contributing artist and book conservator, Todd Pattison, lectured at the show's opening reception on May 12, 2016.

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From the Hand of Bodoni

The Cary has acquired a rare letter written by Italian punchcutter and printer, Giambattista Bodoni. This enhances our strong holdings of books produced by the master of Modern Roman typography.

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The Kelmscott-Goudy Printing Press

The fall exhibition at the Cary Collection tells the history of our most famous printing press: the Albion once operated by William Morris, Frederic Goudy and Melbert Cary. Now on view are beautiful books printed over the past 124 years with this formidable iron handpress.

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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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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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Mar 2 / 2016
Associate Curator, Amelia Fontanel, will deliver a...
Jan 25 / 2016
RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection will receive...
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On November 18th, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection...
Dec 1 / 2015
The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester...