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Private Press Specimens Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 10 Sep 2019

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.

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.

Arrangement of the Collection



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.

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.

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)



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.

Table of Contents

Presses, by name

Presses, unidentified