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In the Spotlight

Call for Conference Proposals: "Printing on the Hand Press & Beyond"

The Cary will be hosting the 40th annual American Printing History Association conference October 23-24, 2015. The deadline for speaker proposals is March 15, 2015. See website for details.

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New book chronicles 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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Celebrating Goudy 150

The Cary will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederic W. Goudy in Spring 2015. In the tradition of printers, designers, and typographers who admire the work of Fred and Bertha Goudy, we are sponsoring a celebratory keepsake exchange. The call for prints follows.

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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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Jan 13 / 2015
Steve Galbraith and Amelia Fontanel will give a...
Jan 13 / 2015
Steve Galbraith and Amelia Fontanel will give a...
Dec 8 / 2014
We are pleased to announce our new book: Highlights of...
Nov 23 / 2014
Cary Collection Short-Term Research Fellowship