Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection guestbook

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
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Title
Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection guestbook
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1985
Abstract
Guestbook for an unknown RIT event, most likely related to the Melbert B Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection.
Extent
1.0 Item(s) (1 Lid box)
Location
C.S. South, East wall, Shelf E75
Repository
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
raswml@rit.edu
Language
English

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Historical Information for Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection (Collapse)

The Cary Collection is one of the country's premier libraries on the history and practice of printing.The original collection of 2,300 volumes was assembled by the New York City businessman Melbert B. Cary, Jr. during the 1920s and 1930s.

Cary was director of Continental Type Founders Association, a former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and proprietor of the private Press of the Woolly Whale. His professional and personal interests in printing led him to collect printer's manuals and type specimens, as well as great books of the printer's art.

In 1969, the Cary Collection was presented to RIT by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust as a memorial to Mr. Cary, together with funds to support use of the collection. Today the library houses some 20,000 volumes and a growing number of manuscripts and correspondence collections. Also included are holdings on bookbinding, papermaking, type design, calligraphy and book illustration.

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Because of the signatures in the register, it is likely the guestbook is from an event at the Melbert B Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection. Signatures include RIT alumni and cultural notables including: Catherine Tyler Brody (New York City Technical College), Caroline Backlund (National Gallery of Art), Marcus McCorison (American Antiquarian Society), and Bernard Middleton (bookbinder). RIT luminairies include Mark Ellingson, Shirley and Robert Panara, and Richard Rose.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection consists of one item.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- History.

Subject(s)

  • Art -- Exhibitions -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Dedication services -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Graphic arts -- New York (State) -- Rochester

Genre(s)

  • Guest books -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Visitors' books

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Preferred Citation

Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection guestbook, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITArc.0361

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in December 2011.

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