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2022 Annual Meeting

Harold Kyle

The American Printing History Association Board of Trustees invites you to join the 2022 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 29 at 2pm Eastern. As last year, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom and registration (below) is required beforehand. The Annual Meeting will have guest talks by the recipients of our 2022 APHA Awards: [Read more]

President’s Annual Letter, 2021

Elizabeth Haven Hawley

Dear Member of the American Printing History Association, 

You are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting at 2 pm (EST) on Saturday,  January 29, 2022, to celebrate excellence in printing history and conduct the Association’s business. Annual meeting information will be e-mailed to members and posted on this site. Our virtual program will honor Edward Petko, Brad Freeman, and the Women’s Studio Workshop,  respectively, with two Individual Laureate Awards and an Institutional  Award. We will announce the 2022 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in  Printing History recipient, report on the year, and hold elections. The  Nominating Committee presents the following slate: [Read more]

Printing History 29/30 On Its Way

The combined Printing History 29/30 will be in member mailboxes soon. This issue includes an interview with Erin Beckloff and articles by Marie Hofer on the mechanization of printing, Katherine M. Ruffin on the Book Arts Laboratory at Wellesley College, Joan Boudreau on a registry of Confederate vessels, David A. Hanson and Steven F. Joseph on the halftone in France in 1863, and Marvin J. Heller on the deer motif on early Hebrew book title pages.

ISO: Printing in the 1930s and 40s

From the contact form:

Hello, I am a writer from NJ. My father who recently passed told me several stories about his father who owned/worked for the first/only printing press in their town of Murray, KY. My father was born in 1931 so this would have been in the 30s and 40s. I am looking for information about the shop and what printing was like in those days. [Read more]

Outstanding Collection of Ephemera from the Noted Oliphant Press

APHA member Ron Gordon, a graphic designer, teacher, and letterpress printer for more than 40 years in New York City, has been called “a keeper of the great tradition of American book design.” In college, Gordon studied with the artist and printer Leonard Baskin and later worked at Joseph Blumenthal’s Spiral Press. He collaborated with many artists during his long career—Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak, Baskin, and others. [Read more]

2022 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is accepting applications for the 2022 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History. An award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms.  [Read more]

Book Review: A Poetics of the Press: Interviews with Poets, Printers, & Publishers

Steve Miller

Edited by Kyle Schlesinger Interviews with Rosmarie Waldrop, Keith Waldrop, Tom Raworth, Lyn Hejinian, Alan Loney, Mary Laird, Jonathan Greene, Alastair Johnston, Johanna Drucker, Phil Gallo, Steven Clay, Charles Alexander, Annabel Lee, Inge Bruggeman, Matvei Yankelevich, Anna Moschovakis, Aaron Cohick, and Scott Pierce Ugly Duckling Presse co-published with Cuneiform Press. Trade Paperback Nonfiction. $30 5.75″ ×  8.75″. 384 pp. ISBN 978-1-937027-74-2. Order


I have never marked a book up. No marginalia for me. My books tend to stay pristine. But almost immediately there were moments in each of the 16 interviews with book makers that spoke to my head, my heart, my experiences, to a passion for books, and to poetry. I guess that’s why editor Kyle Schlesinger titled this collection A Poetics of the Press. I filled my fountain pen with violet ink and began marking up passages.  [Read more]

2021 Lieberman Lecture: Derrick R. Spires

Derrick R. Spires, Cornell University
“Nineteenth-Century Black Printing and the Matter of Black Life”
December 2 at 7 p.m EST via Zoom

Printing with printing presses at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C. South Carolina Orangeburg, 1899. (Library of Congress  )

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Letter Your City! An Impresos Online Workshop

Register now for a Nubia Navarro’s workshop through Center for Book Arts New York, October 21, 2021, from 6 to 9 p.m. Her expert skills guide you to accentuate your hand-lettering with digital tools. Beginners welcome! [Read more]

2021 Conference

Detail of a poster designed and printed by Juan Carlos Romero, Imprenta Enlace. (Belinda Ugalde Mellado)

The American Printing History Associationʼs 46th annual fall conference will be hosted online through the Grolier Club of New York, from October 22–23, 2021.  “Impresos: Printing Across Latin American and Caribbean Cultures” will explore common themes promoted by our organizations, with a focus on the study of printing history and practices of peoples and cultures related to Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference will be available with bilingual captioning in English and Spanish.  [Read more]