Goudy Society Records

The Goudy Society was formed on March 8, 1965, the centennial of the birth of printer, typographer, and typefounder Frederic W. Goudy. Its purpose was to promote understanding, craftsmanship and use of type and the designing of new typefaces, to preserve the history and tradition of printing, and to further interest in private presses. Founding members were A. Burton Carnes, Joseph R. Dunlap, Eugene M. Ettenberg, Horace Hart, Robert L. Leslie, Elizabeth K. Lieberman, J. Ben Lieberman, Edgar J. Malecki, and Franklin E. Powers. Society members were primarily professional and amateur printers, historians, book sellers, and librarians. Horace Hart was president of the society from its founding through his death in 1991.

The records contain administrative documents from the incorporation of the society, lists of board members and officers, some board minutes and membership records, and miscellaneous correspondence. The bulk of the records concern the society's annual Goudy birthday dinners which were held in New York City and featured distinguished guest speakers including Goudy's daughter Alice Goudy Grey, rare book curators, historians, private press printers, and others. Special Goudy-related keepsakes were composed and printed by members for distribution at the dinners; copies of these are on file, along with some transcripts and one cassette tape of presentations, event coverage clipped from printing trade publications, and photographs taken by A. Burton Carnes and others. Also documented are special outings such as the society's 1972 and 1979 visits to the site of Goudy's home, press, and type foundry in Marlboro, Ulster County, New York. The society took a special interest in the Goudy site, for which they had a plaque commissioned and installed; three "reverse proofs" printed from directly from the plaque by John DePol are in Box 5.

Also present is a Goudy Society file kept by board member Joseph R. Dunlap, a folder of obituaries and tributes to board member Edna Beilenson, and some research material on Frederic Goudy.

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