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9 a.m.–12 p.m., 1 p.m.–5 p.m.


Other times by appointment.

In the Spotlight

New exhibit celebrates the Bard

Shakespeare in Fine Press commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a selection of fine press editions held in the Cary. These books demonstrate the creative ways that printers have moved his plays from the stage to the page. Opening reception September 22!

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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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Aug 24 / 2016
The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester...
Jul 28 / 2016
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Rochester...
Mar 2 / 2016
Associate Curator, Amelia Fontanel, will deliver a...
Jan 25 / 2016
RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection will receive...