In 1976 the American Printing History Association established an annual award to be presented “for a distinguished contribution to the study, recording, preservation or dissemination of printing history, in any specific area or in general terms.” At first only individuals were eligible, but in 1985 a second award was established for institutional achievement. These prestigious awards are presented each January at the APHA Annual Meeting in New York City.
Often, the acceptance speeches are important statements of philosophy or accomplishment about the importance of printing history and the book arts. Speeches are normally printed subsequently in Printing History, and some are available online here.
Description of the Individual Laureate award
|2013||Michael F. Suarez, S.J.|
|2006||Elizabeth M. Harris|
|2000||R. Stanley Nelson|
|1995||Katharine F. Pantzer|
|1990||Henri-Jean Martin and Roger Chartier|
|1988||Edwin Wolf 2nd|
|1987||G. Thomas Tanselle|
|1983||Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern|
|1980||J. Ben Lieberman|
Description of the Institutional Award.
The Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History is an annual award of up to $2,000 for research in any area of the history of printing in all its forms, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms. There are no geographical or chronological limitations on the subject: it may be national or regional in scope, biographical, analytical, technical, or bibliographical in nature. Printing history-related study with a recognized printer or book artist may also be supported. The fellowship can be used to pay for travel, living, and other expenses.
|2009||Jacob W. Lewis|
|2008||Pablo Alvarez and Keli E. Rylance|
|2003||John A. Lane|