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Fine press ephemera collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02701

Scope and Contents

The Fine Press Ephemera collection is primarily comprised of catalogs, announcements, advertisements, and other ephemera produced by fine presses and publishers in the 1970s and 1980s.  Much of this material was mailed by fine presses to Victor Berch during his tenure as Special Collections Librarian at Brandeis University.  Other examples of fine printing are also part of the collection, including eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French currency, and color proofs and other materials pertaining to illustrator and graphic artist Arthur Szyk.  The Szyk materials were donated by Bern Dibner. Catalogs and other mailed materials produced by fine presses are not simply advertisements; they are also examples of each press's aesthetic philosophy and technical approach to printing.  As such, this collection is pertinent for those studying contemporary fine presses and book publishing, typography and printing processes, book collecting, and the history of the book.


  • 1791-1983 and undated
  • Majority of material found in 1977-1983

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce of publish material from the collection should be directed to Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


1.00 Linear Feet

2 manuscript boxes other_unmapped

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Materials are arranged alphabetically by press name. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

Cassandra N. Berman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections