Printing the Past and Casting the Future: A Typefounder's Tale

Thursday, December 13, 2012
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, William Andrews Clark Library - Facility

The Clark Quarterly Lectures: Raymond S. Nelson, Jr.

See below for additional information.


Registration Deadline: December 5, 2012.

Admission is complimentary, but advance online registration is required.

Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.


William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
(310) 206-8552


Additional Information

Printing the Past and Casting the Future: A Typefounder's Tale - a lecture given by Raymond S. Nelson, Jr., National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Co-sponsored by Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association (APHA).

This lecture will examine years of experiment and experience in the manufacture of printing type using traditional methods, as well as the application of such techniques in both educational settings and in fine printing.

There will be an opportunity to discuss the value of such experimentation as it relates to a better understanding of printing history, and its relevance to contemporary printing.

During three decades at the Smithsonian Institution, Raymond S. Nelson, Jr. worked almost exclusively with the history of printing technology, with an emphasis on those methods employed during the first four centuries of printing. Particular effort has been focused on type founding, including the cutting of punches and the use of hand moulds in the production of printing type. As a part of his museum duties, Nelson conducted regular public demonstrations of three working printing shops and a type foundry. Since retiring, he has taught five, week-long courses on the History of Typography at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.

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