Cary Collection joins a noteworthy roster of Albion No. 6551 owners
The Cary Graphic Arts Collection will soon install the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion printing press as a part of its technology collection. The Press, manufactured in 1891, has an illustrious provenance starting with William Morris, the founder of the modern fine press movement in England. It was imported to the United States in 1924 by American type designer, Frederic W. Goudy. The Press then passed to Spencer Kellogg for use at his Aries Press in Eden, NY. Melbert B. Cary, Jr. purchased the Kelmscott/Goudy Press in 1932 where it was in use at his Press of the Woolly Whale until 1941. Upon his death, Cary bequeathed it to his pressman, George Van Vechten, who in 1960 sold the Press to Elizabeth and J. Ben Lieberman for use at their Herity Press. The Liebermans were active in the private press movement, with Mr. Lieberman as one of the founders of the American Printing History Association in 1974. The Cary Collection acquired the Press at auction on December 6, 2013. The purchase was made possible by the Brooks Bower family.
“The Kelmscott/Goudy Press will have an active life at RIT, not simply as a museum artifact, but as a working press accessible to students, scholars and printers,” Cary Curator Steven Galbraith said. “I look forward to seeing what is produced on the press in the decades to come. I’m certain that the Kelmscott/Goudy Press will be a great inspiration to students at RIT and to others who visit our library’s pressroom.”