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In the Spotlight

Printed Poetry for Spring

Delight in riots of printed color, sumptuously tactile papers, and the assertive indentation of relief printing through our new poetry broadside exhibition: The Printed Poem, The Poem as Print; Broadsides from the Press at Colorado College. On view through April 2014.

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The Kelmscott-Goudy Press at RIT

Announcing the acquisition of the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion No. 6551 printing press, owned by such luminaries as William Morris, Frederic Goudy, Spencer Kellogg, Melbert B. Cary, and J. Ben Lieberman. The purchase was made possible by the generous support of the Brooks Bower family.

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A Zapf triumph now online

Orbis Typographicus, a limited edition letterpress portfolio by Hermann Zapf and Philip Metzger may now be accessed in a thoughtful online facsimile, some 33 years after its first publication in 1980. Cary Collection's Zapf and Paul Standard Collections helped to support the production of this digital project.

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Wood type fonts restored

Over 60 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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Caslon at the Cary

The Cary announces the acquisition of A Specimen of Printing Types, by W. Caslon & Son, 1764. This was the first type specimen book printed in England and is a companion to our copy of Caslon’s 1730 broadside Specimen. Please visit to see this exciting new find and other William Caslon holdings.

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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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The Bolt Book, 1927

Depero Futurista by Fortunato Depero, 1927, is one of the most important exemplars of the Italian Futurtist Movement and, apart from the manifestoes of F.T. Marinetti, one of the centerpieces of 20th-century avant-garde typography. It is a landmark addition to Cary’s growing avant-garde collection.

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Mar 14 / 2014
On March 15, 2014, Cary curator, Steve Galbraith, will...
Feb 10 / 2014
Cary curators Steven Galbraith, Kari Horowicz, and...
Feb 3 / 2014
The Cary Collection has planned several poetry-themed...
Dec 10 / 2013
The Cary Graphic Arts Collection will soon install the...