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2018 Cary Collection Short-Term Summer Research Fellowship

The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a one-month research fellowship for the study of the history of graphic communication. The fellowship is open to scholars engaged with subject areas covered by the library’s holdings. Selected research collections include:

  • Bernard C. Middleton Collection of Books on the History and Practice of Bookbinding.
  • Graphic Design Archive consisting of 45 archives related to Modernist designers active from the 1920s to the 1950s, as well as selected contemporary designers working in the modernist traditions.  See
  • The most substantial archive in America on the work of Hermann Zapf
  • Type specimens from the18th century to the present.
  • Historical type (metal and wood) and matrices.
  • Private press printing: Doves Press, Golden Cockerel Press, Kelmscott Press, Klingspor, Limited Editions Club, Merrymount Press, Officina Bodoni, Roycroft Press, Spiral Press, and Vincent Fitzgerald & Co.
  • The archive of book designer and calligrapher Ismar David.
  • The archive of calligrapher Paul Standard, including decades of correspondence with major 20th-century graphic artists.

For further information on our holdings, please visit our websites, and search our catalog:

The Cary Collection short-term fellowship is for one month of study in residence at the library, with a stipend of $2,500 to cover travel and living expenses. The fellowship must be used in the summer of 2018.

Applications are due January 19, 2018. To apply, please mail or email a research proposal detailing your project, a CV, and two letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Steven K. Galbraith, Curator

RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection

90 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

Phone: 585-475-3961

Fax: 585-475-6900