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MS Typ 1084

Typocrafters (Group). Typocrafters (Group) papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Typ 1084
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Typocrafters (Group) papers,
Date(s): 1937-2000.
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 keepsakes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*1999M-69, *2000M-62, *2001M-39. Gift of Paul Hayden Duensing, 1040 Julian Crossing, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677; received 1999-2002.

Processing Information:

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.

Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Typocrafters (Group) Papers (MS Typ 1084). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Some printed works of Paul Duensing that were also keepsakes have been removed and cataloged separately as printed books. For these see HOLLIS.

Organizational history

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:

Scope and Contents

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.

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