Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Typographic Library records, 1576- 1950

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1266
Bib ID 4079415 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Typographic Library
Title Typographic Library records, 1576- 1950
Physical Description 84 boxes (84 boxes, 2 volumes, 2 flat boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



A collection of letters, manuscripts, and documents relating to the history of printing and the graphic arts. The collection is in six parts. Cataloged Correspondence and manuscripts, including cataloged letters to and from Henry Lewis Bullen, the librarian of American Typefounders Company Library. Uncataloged letters of the Typographic Library, including routine correspondence, letters of inquiry to Bullen, the Library's order file, and library correspondence of Columbia University, 1941-1946, pertaining to the collection. Correspondence, manuscripts, documents and printed material by and relating to Henry L. Bullen. Letter books, ledgers, daybooks, and journals of the early American typefounders, Binney and Ronaldson. A collection of over 200 typographical patents for the design of printing types (19th and 20th centuries). Archives of the Companía Real de Impresores, Madrid, relating to its operations and business.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Typographic Library records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

Other materials formerly part of the Typographic Library Manuscripts Collection include the Bruce Papers, the Theodore Low Devinne Papers, the Nichols Family Papers, and the Typothetae Collection. These have been arranged and described as separate units. Also, individual book manuscripts originally part of the Typographic Library.

Other Finding Aids

Additional information can be found in the PDF scan of an earlier finding aid: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/44_TI-TY_20.pdf

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

4 a.l.s. from Charles Francis Cataloged HR 06/17/1992.

16 items re. Will Bradley Processed HR 03/06/1997.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-02-29 Container list added kws

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Account books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookplates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letterpress copybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schedules Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American Typefounders Company Library Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Binney and Ronaldson (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book designers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookbinders Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bradley, Will, 1868-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bullen, Henry Lewis, 1857-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Libraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Companía Real de Impresores, Madrid (Madrid, Spain) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Graphic arts -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printing -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Type and type-founding -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Type designers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note