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Society of Printers records

 Collection — Container: MS 7107
Call Number: MS 7107

Scope and Contents

The records documents the activities of the Society from 1905-2018, particularly its monthly meetings, annual William A. Dwiggins lecture, and fall pilgrimages. Speaker selection, meeting arrangements, membership nominations, and the 50th, 75th, and 100th anniversaries as well as the Boston Ink exhibit are also documented. Of interest is the comprehensive history of the Society located in box 45, folders 24-26 and box 49, folder 1. The collection includes correspondence, meeting announcements and minutes, membership nominations, posters, keepsakes, and photographs.


  • 1905-2018


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The collection is open for research.

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Society of Printers

The Society of Printers was founded on February 14, 1905 by a group of Boston printers, including Henry Lewis Johnson, Daniel Berkley Updike, and Bruce Rogers. Since its beginning, the Society has dedicated itself to “the study and advancement of the art of printing”, primarily through monthly meetings that feature a speaker who is prominent in the fields of printing, book and graphic design, or publishing.


10.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The records is organized in five series: Series I. Governance, Series II. Administrative, Series III Activities, Series IV: 100th Anniversary/Boston Ink Exhibit planning, and Series V. Memorabilia and photographic images.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Boston University Archives and Special Collections to the Boston Public Library, 2002.

Former Title

Collection formerly known as Society of Printers Collection

Processing Information

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Guide to the Society of Printers Records
Rare Books and Manuscripts Staff and Kimberly Reynolds
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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