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About Cummington Press -- Printing & Graphic Arts v.5 no.1 1957, 1957

 File — Box: 4, Folder: 14

Scope and Contents

Printing & Graphic Arts, volume V, number 1, February 1957. Pages 9-11 feature the article "Personal observations of the Cummington Press" by Mary L. Richmond, describing Richmond's first meeting with Harry Duncan and Paul Wightman Williams, Richmond's subsequent field trips to Cummington Press while teaching her History of Printing and Book Arts class, the circumstances surrounding the Cummington Press printing of the Terence Illustrated exhibition handbook, the effect of Williams' death on the Cummington Press, and Richmond's own account of her collection of Cummington Press materials, notably Williams' wood blocks. Three copies.

On the first copy, handwritten on the front cover in pencil is a contents note, "MRL p.9." Tucked inside this issue, bookmarking page 9, were three pieces of correspondence. The first was a memorandum to "Mrs. Richmond" from "R" [presumably Roderick D. Stinehour] on Roderick D. Stinehour's personal letterhead, advising her to call with any changes to be made prior to the article going to press. The second was a proof of the early draft of the article, then titled "The Cummington Press Personal Observations," dated "26 ij 1957" and addressed to "Mrs. Richmond" from "RN" [presumably Ray Nash], advising her to phone in any corrections. The text is marked throughout with handwritten corrections, some in black ink [presumably by Ray Nash] and others, in different handwriting, in pencil [presumably by Mary L. Richmond]. The third was a three-page typed letter from Mary L. Richmond to Ray Nash, dated February 18, 1957, describing her relationship with the Cummington Press. This letter served as a first draft of the article. Note that these three pieces of correspondence have been removed from the issue and placed in a separate folder with related correspondence.

On the second copy, handwritten on the front cover is "15." However, there is nothing related to the Cummington Press or Mary L. Richmond on that page.

The third copy of this issue is unmarked, with some discoloration of the paper due to age and contact other materials.


  • 1957


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Language of Materials


Custodial History

Flamer inventory number: MLR 150, MLR 189


All three pieces of correspondence have been removed from the issue and placed in a separate folder with related correspondence.

Processing Information

Sometime prior to 2020, the contents of MLR 150 and MLR 189 were mixed into the same folder. During processing in August 2021, items from this combined folder were divided into separate folders to improve description and preservation. Because the original contents of MLR 150 and MLR 189 overlapped significantly, new folders relating to the Printing & Graphic Arts articles contain material from both original source folders.

Repository Details

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