Biography and History

Elmer Adler was a printer, publisher, editor, and author. Born in 1884 in Rochester, New York, Adler attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and took special courses at the University of Rochester and Harvard University. He founded The Pynson Printers (New York) in 1922, helped found Random House in 1927, and founded Colophon: A Book Collector’s Quarterly in 1930 and the New Colophon in 1947. An avid collector of books and fine prints, Adler moved his collection to Princeton University in 1940, where he also established a department of graphic arts, served as a professor, and was a curator for the Princeton library. Adler died in 1962.

Source: From the finding aid for C0262