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Goudy Type Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 6 Mar 2017

Biographical History

Frederic W. Goudy (1865-1947) was an American printer and type designer of more than 120 fonts, among them Copperplate Gothic, Kennerley, and Goudy Old Style. Frederic's wife Bertha M. Goudy worked closely with him and was a noted graphic designer in her own right. Both Frederic and Bertha were self-taught. Goudy had a long-standing relationship with Syracuse University (SU); he was awarded the distinguished service medal by SU's Newhouse School of Journalism in 1936, received an honorary doctorate from SU in 1939, and was appointed a lecturer at the School of Journalism in 1940. Dates given are the dates the typeface was designed, but may not be the actual date this type was cast.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Goudy Type Collection consists of two large cabinets of lead type, designed by noted American type designer Frederic W. Goudy. Important fonts in the collection include Deepdene, Sherman, and Goudy Newstyle.

Arrangement of the Collection

In original cabinets, in original order.


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.

Viewing of this collection must be scheduled in advance. The cabinet may only be opened for viewing when the Lemke Seminar Room is available and with an SCRC curator present.

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.

Related Material

See also the Frederic W. Goudy Collection, David M. Norton Collection relating to Frederic Goudy, and Charles Pont Collection relating to Frederic Goudy.

Subject Headings


Goudy, Frederic W. (Frederic William), 1865-1947.


Graphic design (Typography) -- United States.
Letterpress printing -- United States.
Printing -- United States -- History.

Genres and Forms

Type specimens (documents)
Typefaces (Type forms)


Type designers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Goudy Type Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Originally in the posssession of Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Journalism, the collection was at some point transferred to the School of Visual and Performing Arts and then, in 2008, to Special Collections Research Center.

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