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Roland Armitage Hoover
1929 – 2018

SEE THE TEXT FROM A Service in Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Roland Armitage Hoover, January 14, 1929 – November 7, 2018.


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APHA 2019 Conference

At the April meeting of the Board of Trustees of APHA, the proposal of the Vice President for Programs to hold the October 2019 APHA Annual Conference in the Washington, D.C. area was unanimously approved. Jesse Erickson, the VP for Programs, made a very strong case for holding the conference here and the board responded very positively.

We’re asking members of the Chesapeake Chapter to join our local team to work with Jesse and the national organization to plan the conference. If you are interested in being part of this exciting effort, contact chapter president George Barnum.

Russell Maret at the Library of Congress
Thursday, January 17th, 3:00 p.m.
“Hiccups, Trip-Ups, and Total Disasters: Thoughts on Making Books”
Library of Congress, Rosenwald Room

Noted fine press printer and type designer Russell Maret will deliver a presentation entitled “Hiccups, Trip-Ups, and Total Disasters: Thoughts on Making Books” at the Library of Congress, Rosenwald Room (LJ205), Jefferson Building 2nd Floor, 101 First Street, SE, Washington, DC.

Mr. Maret began printing letterpress in 1989, pursuing various apprenticeships prior to publishing his first book, Meditation on Saviors, in 1994. Although he had printed about a dozen books for private distribution or other people before publishing Meditation, the process of graduating from printer to publisher was a tragicomic experience from which he is still learning. To celebrate the Library’s acquisition of Meditation on Saviors, Russell will discuss some of the more humorous episodes from his publishing career.

The program is free and open to the public.

Call for Papers
“Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art”
April 26-27, 2019
University of Delaware

A symposium hosted by the
Center for Material Culture Studies
in collaboration with
UD Library, Museums & Press and the
College of Arts & Sciences’ Paul R. Jones Initiative

  Keynote Speakers: Jacqueline Goldsby (Yale University) & Meredith McGill (Rutgers University). Tia Blassingame (Scripps College)

Printer-in-Residence: Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

The question “What is a black book?” is implicit in the work of scholars and curators who examine histories of African American print production and reading. It is equally germane to artists and printers experimenting with the book and other print forms today. To address this question, “Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art” will host an exchange of ideas across longstanding divides of discipline and practice. The symposium invites participation from individuals invested in books and other print objects as material forms, aesthetic inventions, circulating texts, and repositories of design. In this way, “Black Bibliographia” aims to build on a growing body of work in African American print culture—already rich in nineteenth-century studies—while also inviting a reassessment of the material life of black bookmaking and print production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The purpose of “Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art,” is to think theoretically and practically about a number of questions: What are the aesthetics of black books, conceived in the broadest terms, and how can we bring book history, visual studies, and material culture into closer collaboration? In what ways has black textuality challenged the boundaries of print forms past and present, and how do the book arts make such interventions visible? How does attention to the innovations of print workers—from typesetters to booksellers to mimeograph operators—reframe black textuality?  From the strategic adoption of typographic conventions by black printers and publishers of the early twentieth century to the radical break from those conventions in the alternative press of the 1960s and ‘70s, how do the arts of the book speak to our conceptions and constructions of blackness?

“Black Bibliographia” represents the second biennial conference sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware.  We invite participants from all fields—book artists, librarians, archivists, collectors, art historians, editors, digital humanists, and scholars working across the disciplines of literature, design, history, and Black Studies—to join us in critically investigating the past and futures of black bookmaking, paper arts, print cultures, and technologies of transmission, reproduction, and reading.

Please send abstracts of 300 words, with a brief CV, by October 5, 2018, to materialculture@udel.eduPapers, artist talks, and other presentation formats welcome.

For information see

Organized by Jesse Erickson (Special Collections & English), Laura Helton (English), and Curtis Small (Special Collections)

Call for 2019 Denker Fellows Applications

Our Chapter is currently seeking undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in printing history, printing, or book arts to apply for the chapter’s Michael P. Denker Fellowships. Therefore, we are asking for your help to spread the word, to any academic contacts you may have or by alerting any eligible students you may know. A personal invitation to apply, from a Chesapeake Chapter member, is much more effective than an email blast.

The Chapter will provide a one-year membership in APHA and the opportunity to participate in a year of chapter activities, lectures, exhibitions, and visits. Chapter events provide valuable opportunities to meet and interact with the many letterpress printers, bibliophiles, collectors, librarians, and other printing history experts who make up the Chesapeake Chapter.

Our Chapter also enjoys access to a variety of major libraries, museums, and private collections with important book and printing history holdings, such as the Library of Congress, the Folger Library, and the Smithsonian, among many others.

Denker Fellows are asked to give a presentation on their interests, research, or coursework at an event in November 2019, at the Library of Congress. (See item on page 3 for information about this year’s Denker Fellows Symposium.) Each may also be asked for a short contribution to this publication.

The application is simple: send an email with a short statement of interest and background, along with complete contact information, and the name of a faculty contact at the applicant’s institution to Chris Sweterlitsch, Chesapeake Chapter secretary, at The deadline for applications is December 15, 2018.

Michael P. Denker was an active and beloved past president of the Chesapeake Chapter and an enthusiastic and accomplished letterpress printer who died in 2013. The Denker Fellowship has been established to honor and celebrate Mike’s commitment to getting young people interested in printing and printing history, and his great devotion to the Chesapeake Chapter.

For additional information contact George Barnum, Casey Smith, or Chris Sweterlitsch.