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Conkwright, P. J. (P. Jefferson)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
P. J. Conkwright Collection
Manuscripts Division
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21 boxes and 8.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-21


Designer and Typographer, P.J. Conkwright worked at the Princeton University Press from 1939 to 1970. His collection includes biographical material, correspondence, calendars, and other printed material about the Princeton University Press.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of Conkwright biographical material, correspondence (1939-1985), appointment calendars, files regarding some of the books he designed and printed, and other material, most of it related to his work at the Princeton University Press.

Collection Creator Biography:

Conkwright, P. J. (P. Jefferson)

P. J. Conkwright came to the Princeton University Press in 1939 from the University of Oklahoma, from which he had received a masters degree and at whose press he had worked as a book designer. In the following decades, his work as a typographer and book designer became nationally known, particularly in the annual exhibitions of the best fifty books produced in the U.S. held by the American Institute of Graphic Art. Many of the books he designed were honored there, and in 1955 the AIGA awarded him its gold medal. Perhaps the best known work credited to his skills is the multi-volume set of the Jefferson papers, which the Press began issuing in 1950.

Collection History


Most of the material in the collection came from the Design Department of the Princeton University Press.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 1995. Finding aid written in 1995.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

P. J. Conkwright Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-21