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Guide to the University of Alabama Institute for Book Arts Papers MSS.3216

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2011

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-21T15:24-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

University of Alabama Institute for Book Arts Papers

Unit ID:

MSS.3216

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

2.2 Linear feet

Dates:

Bulk, 1976-1983

Dates:

1974-2006

Abstract:

Correspondence, administrative papers, and production materials from the early years of the Institute for Book Arts.

Biographical/Historical note

The first book arts course at the University of Alabama was taught by Dr. Raymond F. McLain in 1972, as an interim course, "Basic Design and Practice in Printing." McLain created the course after a call was made for suggestions for courses that were not currently offered at the university. The course was part of the Graduate School of Library Service and served to support "History of Books and Printing," a course taught by the dean of the library school, James D. Ramer.

In 1974, McLain drafted Glenn House, Sr., the first full-time artist at the University of Alabama Press, to help teach the printing classes. Prior to this, Jim Wilder, director of University Relations, had been teaching the printing classes. The next year, House attended the Alabama Book Arts Conference, where he met Carolyn Hammer, who invited him to study with her in Lexington, Kentucky. Previously, Dr. McLain, while president of Transylvania College, had invited Hammer’s husband, Victor, to set up his press in Lexington in 1948.

In 1975, House traveled to Lexington to study the hand press under Hammer and calligraphy with Calvert Guthrie. Later in the year, Carolyn Hammer traveled to Verona, Italy, to commission a two-volume Hammer biography. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds sought her out, stating his interest in teaching printing practices in a U.S. book arts program. Hammer contacted Alabama on Rummonds’ behalf, and he became a visiting professor at the University. Rummonds taught letterpress printing on and off for 11 years, from 1977 to 1988.

In 1979, House and Rummonds began to push for the creation of a book arts program, stating worries that other disciplines were abandoning book arts and that the art of book making could be lost. In 1981, students under the direction of Glenn House hand-made the paper for invitations to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University. By 1982, Rummonds had established Parallel Editions, another press run at the typographic laboratory. The same year, Steve Miller taught a summer workshop on printing on the Vandercook press. In 1988, a binding curriculum was established by Paula Gourley. The curriculum was only one of two such programs in the nation. The same year, Steve Miller was hired as a tenure-track printing faculty member.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence, administrative papers, and production materials from the early years of the Institute for Book Arts.

Correspondence relates to two matters: Glenn House, Sr., studying at Carolyn Hammer's printing operation in Lexington, Kentucky, and printing commissions by Gorgas Oak Press and Parallel Editions.

Administrative papers contains invoices, materials relating to the Graduate School of Library Service, and typefaces used by the presses operating out of the typographic laboratory.

Production materials pertain to several works produced by Gorgas Oak Press, Parallel Editions, and Symposium Press. Present are mock-ups, layouts, binding plans, proofs, corrections, and seconds. Works represented here are Ray by Barry Hannah and Nothing Rich, But Some Things Rare produced by Gorgas Oak Press; Return & Other Poems by Giannes Ritsos and Just Shades by James Tate produced by Parallel Editions; and On Equal Terms: Poems by Charles Bernstein, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, Louis Simpson, Gerald Stern produced by Symposium Press.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Glenn House, Sr., 2011

Access Restrictions:

None

Preferred Citation:

University of Alabama Institute for Book Arts Papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

James N. Gilbreath, 2011

Institute for Book Arts

Components in Detail

Outgoing Correspondence Box 3216.001 Folder 1

Incoming Correspondence Box 3216.001 Folder 2

Prints Box 3216.001 Folder 3

Book Arts Faculty Box 3216.001 Folder 4

Graduate School of Library Service papers Box 3216.001 Folder 5

Parallel Editions - Invoices Box 3216.001 Folder 6

Unlabeled Folio Mock-ups Box 3216.001 Folder 7

Gorgas Oak Press Supplies - type - Baskerville Box 3216.001 Folder 8

Parallel Editions Supplies - type - Bulmer Box 3216.001 Folder 9

Parallel Editions Supplies - type - Greek Box 3216.001 Folder 10

Parallel Editions Supplies - type - Spectrum Box 3216.001 Folder 11

Parallel Editions Supplies - type - Unknown Box 3216.001 Folder 12

Publications Regarding Institute Box 3216.001 Folder 13

Miscellaneous Box 3216.001 Folder 14

Gorgas Oak Press Productions

Components in Detail

Hannah Book Box 3216.001 Folder 15

Hannah Corrected Proofs Box 3216.001 Folder 16

Hannah Layouts Box 3216.001 Folder 17

Hannah Work Folder - Printing Box 3216.001 Folder 18

Hannah Work Folder - Binding Box 3216.001 Folder 19

Hannah Dead File Box 3216.001 Folder 20

Hannah Unarranged Papers Box 3216.001 Folder 21

Hannah Work Folder - Binding Oversized Box 3216.003 Folder 1

Nothing Rich But Some Things Rare Working Manuscript Box 3216.002 Folder 1

Nothing Rich But Some Things Rare Letter Spacing Revisions Box 3216.002 Folder 2

Nothing Rich But Some Things Rare Seconds Box 3216.002 Folder 3

Nothing Rich But Some Things Rare Unlabeled Box 3216.002 Folder 4

Nothing Rich But Some Things Rare Letter Spacing Revisions Oversized Box 3216.003 Folder 2

Parallel Editions Productions

Components in Detail

Ritsos Layout Box 3216.002 Folder 5

Ritsos Imposition Box 3216.002 Folder 6

Ritsos Page Layout Box 3216.002 Folder 7

Ritsos Press Proofs Box 3216.002 Folder 8

Ritsos Proofs Box 3216.002 Folder 9

Ritsos Most Recent Proofs Box 3216.002 Folder 10

Ritsos Proofs Oversized Box 3216.003 Folder 3

Just Shades Title Page, Seconds, and Rejects Box 3216.002 Folder 11

Symposium Press Productions

Components in Detail

On Equal Terms Seconds Box 3216.002 Folder 12

On Equal Terms Seconds (continued) Box 3216.002 Folder 13