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Private Press Specimens Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Title: Private Press Specimens Collection
Inclusive Dates: circa 1962-1975
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft.
Abstract: various small items printed by private presses in the United States, including broadsides, booklets, catalogs, prospectuses, and ephemera
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Private presses are small independent printers, often run by one or two individuals, whose focus is on typography, design, and craftsmanship rather than sales and profit. Items are produced by hand using traditional printing equipment and high-quality (sometimes handmade) paper and ink. Their output is valued by collectors for its artistry and quality.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Private Press Specimens Collection contains examples of printing from private presses across the United States, including Black Sparrow Press, Crabgrass Press, Encino Press, and Tenfingers Press. Types of material include broadsides, booklets, catalogs, prospectuses, and ephemera.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections relating to printing and book arts. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index or search our collections to locate related material.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Adagio Press.
Black Sparrow Press.
Broadside Press.
Crabgrass Press.
Cranium Press.
David R. Godine, Publisher.
Encino Press.
Four Ducks Press.
Grabhorn-Hoyem (Firm)
Perishable Press Limited.
Red Hill Press.
Stone Wall Press.
Tenfingers Press.
Twowindows Press.
Windhover Press (Iowa City, Iowa)


Private presses -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Broadsides (notices)
Catalogs (documents)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Private Press Specimens Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2013.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 10 Sep 2019
Revision history:

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Presses, by name
Box 1 Adagio Press, Harper Woods MI 1970-1971, undated
Box 1 Black Sparrow Press, Los Angeles CA undated
Box 1 Broadside Press, Detroit, MI 1971
Box 1 Crabgrass Press, Praire Village KS 1966-1968
Box 1 Cranium Press,San Francisco CA undated
Box 1 Encino Press, Austin TX 1967, undated
Box 1 Four Ducks Press, Wichita KS 1962-1963
Box 1 Godine Press, Brookline MA 1971
Box 1 Grabhorn-Hoyem, San Francisco CA 1965, undated - includes one item printed by Hoyem independently
Box 1 Perishable Press, Ltd, Madison and Mount Horeb WI 1967-1969, undated
Box 1 Red Hill Press, Fairfax CA 1975
Box 1 Stone Wall Press, Iowa City IA undated
Box 1 Tenfingers Press, Los Angeles CA 1964-1968, undated
Box 1 Two Windows Press, san Francisco CA undated
Box 1 Windhover Press [1969?]
Presses, unidentified
Box 1 Miscellaneous

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