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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); American Printing History Association Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The American Printing History Association (APHA) was founded in 1974 to foster and to promote interest in the history of printing, especially American printing, and in the preservation of its artifacts. The records document the activities of both the national organization and its local chapters, and include material on the board of directors, bylaws, chapters, committees, conferences, finance, meetings, membership, publications, and special projects.

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Call No.:MS#1458
Bib ID:6766907 View CLIO record
Creator(s):American Printing History Association.
Title:American Printing History Association Records, 1972-2012
Physical description:24.4 linear feet (23 document boxes, 14 flat boxes, 5 record storage cartons, and 1 card file box).
Language(s):In English
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series.

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Description

Scope and Content

The APHA records document the activities of the national organization and its local chapters, and include annual reports, brochures, bylaws, budgets, clippings, correspondence, financial reports, legal documents, lists of officers and members, memoranda, minutes, notes, press releases, programs, and speeches.

The records of the national organization include documentation of annual conferences, annual meetings, awards, the board of directors, bylaws, committees, conferences, finance, meetings, membership, publishing efforts, and special projects. Coverage is most complete for the activities of the board of directors, annual conferences, awards, and finances.

The chapter records are incomplete. There are no records related to the Chesapeake chapter, and and in many instances documentation is limited to newsletters and information on the founding of each chapter. The records of the New York Chapter are the most extensive for 1976-1996, and include announcements, bylaws, correspondence, financial records, meeting materials and minutes, lists of members and officers, and press releases.

The documentation of APHA is incomplete and haphazard. A filing system was created for existing records in 1981; as a result, most of the organization's early records were organized and preserved in the archives. The lack of a documentation system thereafter has created inconsistency and gaps in coverage of the organization's activities although high level organizations activities including annual conferences, the board of directors, and finances are well-documented in the records.

Series I: Organizational Files, 1974-2010

This series contains files related to organizational functions and issues, arranged alphabetically by topic. It includes files on annual conferences, annual meetings, awards, the board of directors, bylaws, committees, finance, membership, and special projects. There is additional material related to these organizational activities in Series II: Presidents' Files and Series V: General Files. The records include annual reports, brochures, bylaws, budgets, clippings, correspondence, financial reports, membership lists, press releases, programs, and speeches.

Series II: President's Files, 1972-2000

This series consists of files donated by several APHA presidents. As whole, these records are incomplete. The records in the collection document not only the activities of the president and the board of directors, but also the founding of APHA. The records include bylaws, correspondence, minutes, reports, and files on chapters, conferences, membership, and projects. Although Catherine Brody served as a president and vice-president of APHA, the bulk of her files were related to her work as the editor of the APHA newsletter and are filed elsewhere in the collection.

Subseries II.1 J: Ben Lieberman, 1972-1987

J. Ben Lieberman was the founder and first president of APHA. His files include material on the founding and early organization of APHA. These records include bylaws, brochures, clippings, correspondence, legal documents, memoranda, minutes, speeches, and files on the board of directors, chapters, committees, conferences, finances, membership, projects, and publications.

Subseries II.2: Martin Hutner, 1983-1998

Marvin Hutner was president of APHA in the mid to late 1990s. He had also served as Secretary and Vice-President for Membership for the organization. His files include bylaws, correspondence, minutes, reports, and material on annual meetings, the board of directors, chapters, committees, conferences, membership, and publications.

Subseries II.3: Anne Anninger, 1998-2000

Anninger kept records related to her term as president in a chronological arrangement. These records include correspondence, financial reports, minutes, notes, and material related to the board of directors and APHA conferences.

Series III: Chapters, 1975-2001

This series contains material related to the establishment and activities of local chapters. The records include announcements, bylaws, correspondence, financial records, lists of members and officers, meeting materials, minutes, newsletters, and press releases.

Subseries III.1: General Files, 1975-2010

Contains several general files on APHA chapters.

Subseries III.2: New York Chapter Files, 1976-2010

includes announcements, bylaws, correspondence, financial records, lists of members and officers, meeting materials and minutes, and press releases.

Subseries III.3: Other Chapter Files, 1975-2010

includes small quantities of records related to local chapters in Alabama, California, Chesapeake, New England, Philadelphia, and the Southeast. The records for Alabama contain newsletters and information on the establishment of the chapters. Although most of the records for Philadelphia chapter are from the 1990s, there are records from its whole life span of 1983-1998, when it merged with the Chesapeake chapter. These records include bylaws, correspondence, and lists of members and officers.

Series IV: Publications, 1975-2002

This series contains records related to the publication of APHA's journal, newsletter, and other publications. The majority of the records consist of correspondence and editorial files related to submissions to the newsletter or the journal, but there is also some material related to book reviews, copyright, finances, printing, and proposed projects.

APHA's main publications, the APHA Newsletter and Printing History , are separately cataloged and filed with the Graphic Arts book collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Subseries IV.1: Catherine Brody, 1975-1985

Brody served as the editor for the APHA newsletter. Her files include correspondence on new items submitted for inclusion in the newsletter.

Subseries IV.2: Printing History, 1978-2009

consists mainly of correspondence and editorial files related to submissions. These records were kept by Anna Lou Ashby and other editors of Printing History . The files also include information on copyright, finances, ideas, printing arrangements, and the origins of Printing History .

Subseries IV.3: Other Publications and Projects, 1975-2010

consists of general material and material related to publication projects to Printing History. The subseries includes a copy of the Directory of Founding Members , as well as records related to its copyright. There are also records related to the publication of American Proprietary Typefaces , Spiral Press Bibliography and D.B.U. and R.R.: selected extracts from correspondence between Daniel Berkeley Updike and Rudolph Ruzicka, 1908-1941 . There is also a grant application and a proposal related to a unpublished project entitled, Publishing and Printing History: A Guide to Manuscript Resources in the United States .

Series V: General Files, 1974-1998

This series contains material that was specifically saved or filed for the APHA archives, but left in unsorted general files. Many of these files appear to have been kept by the secretaries of the board, and the records in these files are roughly chronological in arrangement. The series contains a wide variety of records including announcements, brochures, correspondence, lists of officers, memoranda, minutes, programs, and material related to annual meetings, the board of directors, chapters, committees, conferences, elections, and meetings.

Series VI: Website Archive

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Using the Collection

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 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); American Printing History Association Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository; folder level control.

Related Material

The two major publications of APHA, Printing History and the APHA Newsletter , as well as published monographs, have been separately cataloged as part of the book collection of the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The American Printing History Association Collection, circa 1974-1983, is at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The collection contains bylaws, membership directories and information, flyers, conference notices and programs, and other mailings relating to activities of APHA, including the Southern California Chapter. These mainly consist of items sent to Hobart Skofield, an APHA member.

The J. Ben Lieberman Papers are at the University of Delaware. Lieberman was the founder and first president of APHA.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

The APHA records were organized into a filing system by Carol Reid Briggs in 1981; this material makes up most of Boxes 1-4. Her research on the founding and organizational structure of the organization was also used as a source for the organizational history in this finding aid. Additional processing work was completed student assistants and by Patrick Lawlor (1994) and Catherine Carson Ricciardi (2008-2009, 2013).

Finding aid written by Catherine Carson Ricciardi in June 2008, and updated in December 2009, and again in September 2013.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion November 7, 2008 Finding aid written in English.
    2008-11-07 File created.
    2008-11-14 xml document instance created by Patrick Lawlor
    2009-05-07 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson
    2009-12-16 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson
    2012-5-03 Subseries II.4 and II.5 added by Carrie Hintz
    2013-09-16 xml document instance edited by Catherine Carson Ricciardi
    2014-11-07 xml document instance edited by Catherine Carson Ricciardi
    2017-03-30 web archive series added by Jane Gorjevsky

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The American Printing History Association (APHA) was founded as the result of a proposal published by Walter Kubelius in his column, "The Printing Whirl," in the 1971 issue of Printing Impressions . Kubelius proposed that an American Printing Historical Society should be founded to foster scholarship and to serve as a forum for the exchange of knowledge. At the time, it was thought that the society should be developed as an American chapter of the Printing Historical Society, which represents all aspects of the printing arts and industry worldwide. Although J. Ben Lieberman pursued this objective, it was ultimately decided that it would be too difficult to fit the new society's aims within those of the larger organization, and APHA was founded as an independent organization in May 1974.

APHA established an organizational structure that would serve its goals. There were four main components - the membership, local chapters, trustees and officers, and committees. APHA wanted to have a broad membership, and with it local chapters to organize ongoing activities. Committees would be used to handle specialized programs, and a national board of trustees and officers would serve to coordinate the local chapters and to pursue national and international projects that could not be handled at the chapter level.

APHA has four main organizational objectives: 1. To encourage the study of printing, especially American printing, in its whole range. 2. To produce and promote publications, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, and other functions so that information is exchanged. 3. To foster the development and maintenance of libraries and museums for the preservation of materials that relate to printing history. 4. To cooperate with others to recognize the central importance of printing to humanity.

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