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Hermann Ihlenburg papers

Hermann Ihlenburg, a German-American type designer who specialized in ornamental fonts and borders, was born in Berlin in 1843, and received training in drawing and painting there. He was apprenticed to the Trowitzsch & Son type foundry in Berlin, and then worked as a punchcutter in Dresden and at the G. Haase & Sons foundry in Prague. After positions at the Flinsch foundry in Frankfurt, the Battenburg foundry in Paris, and the Fonderie Haas in Basel, Ihlenburg moved to the United States in 1866 to work for the L. Johnson & Company foundry in Philadelphia (later MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan), where he spent the remainder of his career. He designed over eighty typefaces for that firm and several for American Type Founders Company after it purchased MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan in 1901. Ihlenburg became an American citizen in 1874, and died in Philadelphia in 1905.

Hermann Ihlenburg Papers spans the period from 1803 through 1906 and contains correspondence, photographs, letterform drawings, printed ephemera, and other documents relating to the career of the German-American type designer and punchcutter Hermann Ihlenburg (1843-1905). The collection holds some of Ihlenburg's personal papers, portrait photographs, personal sketchbooks, and a commonplace book from the mid-1860s. The bulk of the collection is hundreds of original drawings for type fonts and ornamental borders, type specimen sheets, and a scrapbook of nineteenth-century ephemera featuring fancy typefaces. Other papers includes a group of early nineteenth-century wash drawings of scenes in Germany.

View this collection's record in the RIT Libraries Catalog.