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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Fine Press Printing Ephemera Collection
Graphic Arts Collection
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1898-2010 (mostly 1924-1948)
12 boxes and 14.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scagax): Box 1-12


Consists of book prospectuses, invitations, greeting cards, and other items printed by private and small presses in the United States, and various countries throughout the world.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of printed ephemera from fine presses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Latin America, and South Asia. The Grabhorn Press is represented by the largest number of items. Other United States' presses include: William Edwin Rudge, Marchbanks Press, Hawthorn House, Village Press, and Bird & Bull Press. Presses from Great Britain include: Essex House Press, and Doves Press, with a smaller number of items from presses in Germany, France, and other countries. The collection will be added to as new items are acquired.


Arranged first by country, then alphabetically by name of press or printer.

Collection History


Independent Project Press materials: Gift of William Drenttel in 1997 .

Grabhorn Press materials: From the Grabhorn Press collection of Myles Standish Slocum, class of 1909, presented by Isabel Shaw Slocum.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elise Dodeles in 2010. Finding aid written by Elise Dodeles in 2010.

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. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections. 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:

Fine Press Printing Ephemera Collection; Graphic Arts Collection, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scagax): Box 1-12

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Related Materials

Princeton University Library has another collection of printed ephemera: Fine Printing Collection, including ephemera (GC039).

Subject Terms:
Printed ephemera -- Specimens.
Small presses.
Genre Terms:
Book prospectuses.
Christmas cards.
Printed ephemera