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.
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