The American Antiquarian Society publishes a regular blog called PastIsPresent. This week's featured article is about a resource that may be of interest to collectors of paper money and numismatic ephemera. The article's author is working to digitize this wonderful resource.
Avis G. Clarke, cataloger-cum-researcher of early American imprints and printers, filled hundreds of AAS card catalogue drawers with the AAS printers' file. Detailing the lives and works of virtually every printer working in America before 1820, the printers' file is a masterpiece of indexing.
Comprising 134 drawers of biographical, printing, and publication history for a vast number of printers before 1820, and 11 drawers for the post-1820 period, the printers' file represents the perfect merger of detailed research and scholarly vision on the world of early American printing.
Ms. Clarke had to combine the skills of historian, genealogist, and bibliographer as she created the printers' file. She never judged or discriminated against the printers: each printer received his own set of cards, in some cases one or two and in others a half-drawer full. Ms. Clarke had to sort through some complex histories of printing families...
To read the complete article, see:
Type Findings: Introducing the AAS Printers' File
Wayne Homren, Editor
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