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Typ 970R

Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-. Rudolph Ruzicka designs and correspondence, 1918-1983: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Typ 970R
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-.
Title: Rudolph Ruzicka designs and correspondence,
Date(s): 1918-1983.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Designs and correspondence by the Czech wood engraver and designer Rudolph Ruzicka.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Philip Hofer.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Rudolph Ruzicka Designs and Correspondence, 1918-1983 (Typ 970R). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Two items removed and cataloged separately: RR: Lines sharp as serifs / David McCord, 1973 (Typ 970R.73.5464); and Tantalus : bookplates created for Philip Hofer, after an original drawing by Hans Holbein / Rudolph Ruzicka, 1937 (Typ 970R.37.760t). ]

Biographical / Historical

Graphic artist and type-designer, Ruzicka (1883-1978) was born in Bohemia, emigrated to Chicago, where he trained as a wood engraver and designer; continued his studies in New York. During the 1930s he collaborated with Philip Hofer on a number of projects, including a series of engravings for Harvard University and the University's diploma designs. Ruzicka's latter years were spent in New Hampshire, where he died in 1978.


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Scope and Contents

The collection contains works by and about Rudolph Ruzicka, as well as correspondence between Ruzicka and Philip Hofer. Materials include proofs of engravings, typeface designs, exhibition catalogs, and articles related to Ruzicka's work. The correspondence between Ruzicka and Hofer, dating mostly from the 1940s, discusses projects and personal issues.

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