Skip to the good stuff!


Lieberman Lecture

The annual Lieberman Lecture commemorates J. Ben Lieberman (1914–1984), founder and first president of the American Printing History Association. The lecture is a moveable feast, given at a different institution each year, by a figure distinguished in the history of printing or the book arts. 

YearSpeakerTopicHosting Institution
2023Harry ReeseFrom Gutenberg to the Gallery: Five Decades of Print and Book Art From Turkey Press The Letterform Archive, San Francisco (in-person and virtual)
2022Danielle AubertThe Power and Promise of a Union: Labor, Printing, and Graphic DesignWayne State University (virtual)
2021Derrick Spires
The Landscape of Black Bibliographic Digital Resources, and New Information about Abolitionist Printer William Howard DayCornell University (virtual)
2020Jennifer FarrellThe City Is My Religion: A Typographic MemoirRochester Institute of Technology (virtual)
2019Colette GaiterOutside In: Image and Words of Assimilation and Resistance in American Print History
(Presented during the 2019 Conference)
University of Maryland, College Park
2018Sarah WernerWorking Towards a Feminist History of PrintingLibrary of Congress
2017Kathleen WalkupHistory of Women PrintersUniversity of Iowa Center for the Book
2016Matthew CarterGenuine Imitations: A Type Designer's View of RevivalsThe Museum of Printing, Haverhill, MA
2015Barbara HodgsonThe WunderCabinet* The Curious Worlds of Barbara Hodgson & Claudia CohenUniversity of California, Los Angeles
2014Herbert H. JohnsonAnatomy of a Type Design: Centaur by Bruce RogersRochester Institute of Technology
2013David PankowReproductive Arts in America: Lithography Challenges LetterpressSan Francisco Public Library
2012Russell MaretTime Technology and the Shapes of LettersNewberry Library
2011John BidwellEarly American Paper MillsHuntington Library
2010Betsy DavidsPalm Leaf to Book: A South Asia QuestThe Book Club of California
2009John KristensenThe Book [Broadside, Business Card & Birth Announcement] BeautifulWellesley College
2008[no lecture]
2007Sue AllenA Doubly Fascinating Book: Hawthorne's Wonder Book Illustrated by Walter CraneGrolier Club (delivered in 2008)
2006Henry MorrisPaper: There wouldn't be any Printing History without ItPrinceton University
2005Richard-Gabriel RummondsAbandoned by a Married Man: the Long and Treacherous Path to the Iron HandpressUniversity of San Francisco
2004John DownerTrash or Fertilizer? The Uses (or Not) of History in Type DesignNewberry Library (delivered in 2005)
2003Roderick StinehourIn Conversation with Jerry KellyWellesley College
2002Jack StauffacherIn Conversation with Matthew CarterGetty Center
2001Johanna DruckerIliazd: The Poet Publisher and the Art of the BookSmithsonian Institution
2000John RandleInk, Type and SerendipityVan Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania
1999Barry MoserAfter the Bible: DreamsIowa Center for the Book
1998Kenneth E. CarpenterPrinting Culture and Library RevolutionsBoston Public Library
1997Robert H. HirstMark TwainBancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley
1996[no lecture]
1995Claire BadaraccoThe Memorable Text: The Printed Good in Library Design 1920–1940University of Texas, Austin
1994G. Thomas TansellePrinting History and Other HistoryUniversity of Virginia
1993Robert BringhurstThe Painted BookUniversity of California, Los Angeles
1992David KaserPrinters of Frontier St. Louis, 1808–1850
St. Louis Mercantile Library
1991Stephen O. SaxePrinting on Trains, and Trains in PrintingBook Club of Texas
1990[no lecture]
1989Clive GriffinBeginning of Printing and Publishing in the New World, ca 1539John Carter Brown Library, Brown University
1988James GilreathColonial PrintingColonial Williamsburg
1987Paul NeedhamFinding Books in BooksLilly Library, Indiana University
1986Claire van Vliet30 Years as a Printer and Publisher at her Janus PressMills College