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Bird & Bull Press Archives

1952 - 2002

Manuscript Collection Number: 02-81, 02-02, 98-97, 98-91, 98-34, 98-33, 96-48,c, 94-36c, 94-33c, 93-87c, 93-26, 93-10, 92-150c, 92-112c, 92-49, 92-48, 92-47, 92-39, 91-180, 91-179, 91-178, 91-177, 91-176, 91-114, 91-113, 91-112, 91-74, 91-73, 91-72, 91-71, 91-70, 91-16, 89-20, 89-18, 89-17, 89-16, 89-15, 89-14, 89-13, 89-12, 89-11, 89-10, 89-9, 89-8, 89-7, 89-6, 88-34, 88-33, 88-32, 88-31, 88-30, 88-29, 88-28, 88-27, 88-26, 88-25, 88-24, 88-23, 88-22, 88-21, 88-20, 88-19, 88-18, 88-17, 88-16, 88-15, 88-14, 88-13, 88-12, 88-11, 88-10, 88-9, 88-8, 88-7, 88-6
Extent: approximately 30 linear ft.
Content: typescript, drawings, manuscripts, illustrations, typographic samples, production files, text samples, prospectuses, metal engravings, wood cuts, ink prints, paper matrix, printer's apron (autographed), proofs, embossing samples, paper samples, layout materials, dummies, page proofs, watermarks, wood blocks, paste papers, tear sheets, books, catalogs, magazines, articles, programs, certificates, orders, broadsides, signed prints, contracts, telegrams, trophies, woven wall hangings, paper weights, visitor badges, correspondence (personal and business), maps, invitations, inscribed shorts, financial papers, coins, greeting cards, medals, business cards, and bills.
Access: Limited pending completion of processing.

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Historical Note

The Bird & Bull Press was founded by printer and papermaker Henry Morris in 1958 in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Since that time, Morris has produced broadsides, books, and other printed materials that are an important part of the contemporary American private press scene and significant documents in the art, craft, and history of hand papermaking. Morris first made paper as a commercial venture in 1958 for Cheney Pulp and Paper Company, later for his own books, and for friends. More information about the press is available in Thirty Years of Bird & Bull: a Bibliography, 1958-1988 by Howell J. Heaney (1988).

Source:

University of Delaware Library Associates Newsletter. March 1987, no. 12.


Scope and Content Note

The Bird & Bull Press archives is a large collection, consisting of approximately 30 linear feet of material dating from 1952-2002. Aquired through gifts and purchases in numerous aquisitions, the collection is a significant resource for the study of fine printing and hand papermaking in America. The collection consists of a variety of materials relating to writing, printing, publication, and other topics including typescript, drawings, manuscripts, illustrations, typographic samples, production files, text samples, prospectuses, metal engravings, wood cuts, ink prints, paper matrix, printer's apron (autographed), proofs, embossing samples, paper samples, layout materials, dummies, page proofs, watermarks, wood blocks, paste papers, tear sheets, books, catalogs, magazines, articles, programs, certificates, orders, broadsides, signed prints, contracts, telegrams, trophies, woven wall hangings, paper weights, visitor badges, correspondence (personal and business), maps, invitations, inscribed shorts, financial papers, coins, greeting cards, medals, business cards, and bills.


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