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W. Arthur Cole Letters

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 18 Aug 2010

Biographical History

W. Arthur Cole (1887- ) was vice president and production manager of an advertising agency and wrote on various aspects of fine printing.. He was elected president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in 1926,

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The W. Arthur Cole Letters contain four sets of letters between Cole and five other printers and graphic artists. The five correspondents are Henry L. Bullen, Librarian for the Typographic Library and Museum of the American Type Founders Company; Earnest Elmo Calkins, head of Calkins and Holden advertising agency; T.M. Cleland, book designer, painter, illustrator, and type designer; Burton Emmett, advertising man and print collector; and Richard J. Walsh, author and publisher.

Included with the Walsh correspondence is the November 1926 issue of International Conciliation, a pacifist periodical published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Piece. It contains a story by Walsh entitled "When the Earth Trembled."

Arrangement of the Collection

Letters are separated by correspondent and then arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections relating to publishing, printing and book arts. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Bullen, Henry Lewis, 1857-1938.
Calkins, Earnest Elmo, 1868-1964.
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964.
Cole, W. Arthur (William Arthur), b. 1887.
Emmett, Burton, 1871-1935.
Walsh, Richard J. (Richard John), 1886-1960.

Corporate Bodies

American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Associated Titles

Internation conciliation No. 224 Nov. 1926.


Graphic design (Typography) -- United States.
Printing -- United States -- History.
Publishers and publishing -- United States.

Genres and Forms



Publishers and publishing.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

W. Arthur Cole Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Rare Books, 1969, 1981.

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