MS Typ 1084
Typocrafters (Group). Typocrafters (Group) papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Typ 1084
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Typocrafters (Group) papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (6 boxes and 1 portfolio volume (3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers from annual gatherings of the Typocrafters, an organization of printers and
others interested in typography. The papers include programs, photographs, and printed
*1999M-69, *2000M-62, *2001M-39. Gift of Paul Hayden Duensing, 1040 Julian Crossing, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677; received 1999-2002.
Processed by: J. F. Coakley.
Collection is open for research use.
Most of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite
at the Harvard Depository (except for the oversize items no. (29) and no. (32)). Retrieval
requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff
to determine retrieval policies and times.
Typocrafters (Group) Papers (MS Typ 1084). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Some printed works of Paul Duensing that were also keepsakes have been removed and
cataloged separately as printed books. For these see HOLLIS.
The Typocrafters came into being in 1937 as "a society of midwestern typographic designers"
(subtitle of an early leaflet, item 1). Annual meetings have taken place ever since,
interrupted only briefly by World War II. In more recent times, the organization has
become "a group of men and women devoted to the preservation of taste, dignity, appropriateness
and effectiveness in typography and graphic design. ... There is no formal structure
to this group; there are no requirements for membership other than interest and attendance.
Some attendees produce a keepsake for exchange, others do not" (Paul Duensing, The Typocrafters, 1981).
Organized into the following series:
- I. Papers of the Typocrafters
- II. Other papers of Paul Duensing
The collection, assembled by Paul Duensing, includes printed material and some photographs from annual meetings 1947-2000. A few
years are missing and the material is sparse before 1958. There are also some miscellaneous
documents 1937-1946. Correspondence is included from 1974 and 1981 when the conference
was organized by Duensing. Some of his other papers, not strictly related to the Typocrafters,
are also included.
Most of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Series: II. Other papers of Paul Duensing.
- (59). Duensing, Paul Hayden. "A summary of technical considerations for private matrix-making : "Ts, 1982. 1 folders
Typescript originally dated 1967 with handwritten alterations. With a timetable for
the Fine Printing Conference at Columbia University, 1962.
- (60). Duensing, Paul Hayden. "The typocrafters, " 1988. 1 folders
The list of annual meetings is updated from the 1981 keepsake. Partial typescript,
proofs, and 2 copies of the printed article.
- (61). Da Boll, Raymond F. Letters to Paul Duensing, 1963 and undated. 1 folders
With a printed article about Da Boll (1961-1962).
- (62). McGrew, Mac. Letters to Paul Duensing, 1970-1979. 1 folders
With an advertisement and samples of "Spacefax" labels designed by McGrew (1957).
- (63). Petty, George Harvey. Letters to Paul Duensing, 1967 and undated. 1 folders
Date: 1967 and undated.
- (64). Rueter, William. Letters to Paul Duensing, 1980, 1988, and undated. 1 folders
1988, and undated.
With copies of letters to Rueter from various correspondents.
- (65). Duensing, Paul Hayden. Other correspondence, 1963-1988 and undated. 2 folders
Date: 1963-1988 and undated.
Most letters are to Duensing, with a few photocopies of letters from him. The correspondents
include: Margaret Beck, Gertraude Benöhr, Carol Blinn, Aaron Burns, Matthew Carter, Tom Chambers, James Eckman, Wayne V. Harsha, Cliff Helbert,Layton School of Art, Philip L. Metzger, Robert H. Middleton, Stan Nelson (enclosing correspondence with Stan Pauling), Bentley Raak, Eugene S. Richardson, Erich Schulz-Anker.
- (66). Duensing, Paul Hayden. Record sleeve, [197-?]. 1 folders
The typographic design is by Duensing.
- (67). Schwartz, Tony. "The sound of type "and "The sound of lettering" : sound recording, 1969. 1 folders
45-rpm disk. "Conceived and recorded by Tony Schwartz for the International Typographic
Composition Association." With an accompanying broadside announcement.
- (68). String necktie with a Linotype matrix as clasp, undated. 1 folders