APHA’s Chesapeake Chapter is an active group of collectors, letterpress printers, & scholors sponsoring monthly lectures, field trips and other opportunities to connect on an informal basis. Generally made up of members from within 90 miles of Washington, DC, the Chapter enjoys close-by access to a variety of major APHA-related collections, such as the Library of Congress, The Folger Library & the Smithsonian, along with a large number of other museums and libraries with important book and printing history holdings.
The Chapter also has an active group of letterpress printers with a variety of equipment and varied missions, producing a variety of work from ephemera and keepsakes to posters and books. Often one of the printing members will produce a keepsake for those attending the events.
The Chesapeake Chapter Program Committee continues to work on a great year of Chapter programs. On the horizon are talks at the Library of Congress and the Historical Society of DC on early Washington printers, a visit to the Washington Print Club Biennial Show, a talk on artist’s books at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a cooperative event with the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, an afternoon of presentations by our Denker Fellows, and a day in Delaware. Stay tuned for details.
We may eventually get most of our Chapter’s past history transferred to this main APHA site, but in the meantime you can visit the Chesapeake Chapter’s website.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:30 am
Krystyna Wasserman, Curator of Book Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3970
Krystyna will discuss and show some of the fascinating artists’ books from the Museum’s remarkable collection.
RSVP to Jim WIlder (email@example.com) or George Barnum (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 3.
Saturday November 1, 2014
APHA Chespeake Chapter Wayzgoose & Annual
Meeting at the home of Chris & Pat Manson &
Crooked Crow Press
508 Mannakee Street
Rockville MD 20850
MOST RECENT EVENT SHOWN BELOW
You can choose links to other past events listed in the sidebar to the right.
Treasures in the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Chesapeake Chapter of APHA, and friends, had the opportunity to look over some of the treasures in the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland in College Park, on Saturday, July 19th.
Doug McElrath, Manager of Special Collections hosted a showing of the W.A. Dwiggins collection, as well as typefounder’s catalogues from the Maurice Annenberg collection. Additionally, there were some Colonial-era types recovered from the Jonas Green house in Annapolis. Green was the official printer for the province of Maryland in the mid-18th century, and a large amount of type has been unearthed during archeological excavations there.
W. A. Dwiggins was a pre-eminent book designer, calligrapher, type designer, illustrator and commercial artist in the first half of the 20th century, and was responsible for a marked improvement in American book design through the 1920′s and 1930′s. He is also credited with coining the term “graphic designer” in 1922.
Maurice Annenberg was a commercial printer, among other things, and a scholar of printing history; he was, in fact, a founding member of The American Printing History Association. Among his other writings are “Typefoundries of America and Their Catalogues” (1975, recently reprinted) and “A Typographical Journey Through the ‘Inland Printer’ 1883-1900″ (1977).
Being on a summer Saturday morning, we had the entire library to ourselves, and grateful to Doug for allowing us to handle samples of the Colonial-era type found in Annapolis; there are thousands of pieces in their archives. We were also able to examine and read good examples of books from the Dwiggins and Annenberg collections. Doug painted a very helpful story of the impact of the two on the history of American printing.
Left to right: Chris Sweterlitsch, Chris Manson and Doug McElrath, manager of special collections at the University of Maryland Hornbake Library.
Casey Smith, Val Lucas
Chris Sweterlitsch, Chris Manson, Pat Manson, Val Lucas, Hershel Kanter.
Casey Smith, Hershel Kanter, Doug McElrath
Photos by Jim Wilder.