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Yale Residential Colleges Student Printing Collection

 Collection
Call Number: AOB 34

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a wide representation of the types of work created by student printers, primarily printed by letterpress. Posters, announcements, tickets, and other ephemera were usually created at the residential colleges to advertise events.

Dates

  • 1936-2014

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the student printers.

Arrangement

Organized in three series: Series I. Class and Course Projects; Series II. Lohmann Prize Projects; Series III. Residential College Books and Ephemera.

Series I is arranged alphabetically first by name of instructor, then by chronologically by year and alphabetically by student. Series II is arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically by student. Series III is divided into two subseries: Books and Ephemera. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by the 12 residential colleges, then alphabetically by student.

Extent

25 Linear Feet (31 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/arts.aob.0034

Overview

The collection contains a wide representation of the types of work created by student printers, primarily printed by letterpress. Posters, announcements, tickets, and other ephemera were usually created at the residential colleges to advertise events.

Biographical / Historical

The twelve residential colleges that make up Yale College have, in the past, each had their own printing facilities. The printing offices were started over a period of 30 years between 1937 and 1967, with Branford, Timothy Dwight, and Jonathan Edwards Colleges supporting the first wave of activity. The presses flourished in the hands of the students who used the facilities to produce advertising ephemera for campus activities and as a means to self-publish. Books were often created for specific Yale courses that taught the technique of letterpress printing. In the days before desktop publishing and the personal computer, letterpress printing was the method of choice for accessible and esthetically pleasing printed materials. As computer production became easier and better through out the 1980s, student interest in the presses waned. In the late 1990s a resurgence of interest in letterpress printing as a historic art form developed and the college presses became active again. The Lohmann Prizes were established in 1967 to honor Carl C. Lohmann 1910, founding member of the Whiffenpoofs and of the Honorable Company of College Printers and Secretary of Yale University from 1927 to 1953. The Lohmann prizes are awarded annually in May to distinguish excellence in undergraduate printing.
Title
Guide to the Yale Residential Colleges Student Printing Collection
Author
Compiled by Arts of the Book Staff
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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