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Series II: President's Files, 1972-2017
Series III: Chapters, 1975-2001
Series IV: Publications, 1975-2002
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 6 series.
The APHA records document the activities of the national organization and its local chapters, and include annual reports, brochures, bylaws, budgets, clippings, correspondence, financial reports, legal documents, lists of officers and members, memoranda, minutes, notes, press releases, programs, and speeches.
The records of the national organization include documentation of annual conferences, annual meetings, awards, the board of directors, bylaws, committees, conferences, finance, meetings, membership, publishing efforts, and special projects. The chapter records are incomplete. There are no records related to the Chesapeake chapter, and with the exception of the New York and Philadelphia chapters, documentation is limited to newsletters and information on the founding of each chapter. The records of the New York Chapter are the most extensive, and include announcements, bylaws, correspondence, financial records, meeting materials and minutes, lists of members and officers, and press releases.
The documentation of APHA is incomplete and haphazard. A filing system was created for existing records in 1981; as a result, most of the organization's early records were organized and preserved in the archives. The lack of a documentation system thereafter has created inconsistency and gaps in coverage of the organization's activities. As a whole, documentation is best for 1974-1988, although presidential records provide some documentation for the late 1990s.
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); American Printing History Association Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
The two major publications of APHA, Printing History and the APHA Newsletter, have been separately cataloged as part of the Graphic Arts book collection of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
The J. Ben Lieberman Papers at the University of Delaware. Lieberman was the founder and first president of APHA
The American Printing History Association Collection, circa 1974-1983 at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The collection contains bylaws, membership directories and information, flyers, conference notices and programs, and other mailings relating to activities of APHA, including the Southern California Chapter. These mainly consist of items sent to Hobart Skofield, an APHA member.
Additions are expected
Ownership and Custodial History
The archives of the American Printing History Association (APHA) were originally housed at the Columbia University School of Library Service, starting in the early 1980s.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The APHA records were organized into a filing system by Carol Reid Briggs in 1981; this material makes up most of Boxes 1-4. Her research on the founding and organizational structure of the organization was also used as a source for the organizational history in this finding aid. Additional processing work was completed student assistants and by Patrick Lawlor Catherine Carson Ricciardi (1994) and (2008-2009, 2013, 2017).
Finding aid written by Catherine Carson Ricciardi in June 2008.
Finding aid updated by Catherine Carson Ricciardi in December 2009, September 2013, and December 2017.
Collection is processed to folder level.
2008-11-07 File created.
2008-11-14 xml document instance created by Patrick Lawlor
2009-05-07 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson
2009-12-16 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson
2012-5-03 Subseries II.4 and II.5 added by Carrie Hintz
2013-09-16 xml document instance edited by Catherine Carson Ricciardi
2014-11-07 xml document instance edited by Catherine Carson Ricciardi
2017-03-30 web archive series added by Jane Gorjevsky
2017-12-08 xml document instance updated by Catherine Carson Ricciardi
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The American Printing History Association (APHA) was founded as the result of a proposal published by Walter Kubelius in his column"The Printing Whirl" in the 1971 issue of "Printing Impressions". Kubelius proposed that an American Printing Historical Society should be founded to foster scholarship and to serve as a forum for the exchange of knowledge. At the time, it was thought that the society should be developed as an American chapter of the Printing Historical Society, which represents all aspects of the printing arts and industry worldwide. Although J. Ben Lieberman pursued this objective, it was ultimately decided that it would be too difficult to fit the new society's aims within those of the larger organization, and APHA was founded as a independent organization in May 1974.
APHA established an organizational structure that would serve its goals. There were four main components - the membership, local chapters, trustees and officers, and committees. APHA wanted to have a broad membership, and with it local chapters to organize ongoing activities. Committees would be used to handle specialized programs, and a national board of trustees and officers would serve to coordinate the local chapters and to pursue national and international projects that could not be handled at the chapter level.
APHA has four main organizational objectives: 1. To encourage the study of printing, especially American printing, in its whole range. 2. To produce and promote publications, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, and other functions so that information is exchanged. 3. To foster the development and maintenance of libraries and museums for the preservation of materials that relate to printing history. 4. To cooperate with others to recognize the central importance of printing to humanity.