Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 Apr 2012
|14 Sep 2012||bio corrected (MRC)|
|26 Sep 2013||adds, M13-116 (MRC)|
|14 Sep 2015||adds, M14-111 and M15-051 (MRC)|
|12 Jul 2017||additional broadsides (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||David M. Norton Collection on Frederic W. Goudy|
|Quantity:||1 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||American type designer and printer. Collection includes specimen sheets, broadsides, metal type, and portraits of Goudy|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Frederic W. Goudy (1865-1947) was an American printer and type designer of more than 120 fonts, among them Copperplate Gothic, Kennerley, and Goudy Old Style. Frederic's wife Bertha M. Goudy worked closely with him and was a noted graphic designer in her own right. Both Frederic and Bertha were self-taught.
With Will H. Ransom, Goudy founded the Village Press in 1903, an Arts and Crafts venture similar to those of William Morris in England. In addition to his independent work Goudy was the art director for Lanston Monotype for more than twenty-five years (1920-1947). In 1940 Goudy was appointed a lecturer at Syracuse University's School of Journalism; today Fine Arts students at SU have access to the Frederic W. Goudy Typographic Laboratory and its three letter presses. Goudy's studio at Marlborough-on-Hudson, a converted mill he christened Deepdene, was the site of an annual "pilgrimage" by typographers as well as the namesake for Goudy's Deepdene typeface.
David M. Norton (1923- ) is an American printer. A graduate of Syracuse University, he has worked for Martin Merz & Son, printers and bookbinders of Jamesville, New York, and for the Graphic Arts Department at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism.
The David M. Norton Collection on Frederic W. Goudy consists of printed material, memorabilia and a small amount of metal type.
Printed material consists of a wide range of broadsides and specimen sheets, all in various Goudy typefaces, most printed by David Norton at the Frederic W. Goudy Typographic Laboratory at Syracuse University's School of Journalism. The content of the broadsides is primarily quotations, including at least one from Goudy, but there are also speech excerpts and a copy of the Hippocratic Oath.
Memorabilia contains articles and clippings about Goudy and his work, three oversize portraits of Goudy, a type design poster, and a plaster relief of Goudy and his wife. The type design poster is three-dimensional and shows the various steps in designing and cutting a typeface.
Two small sets of Type complete the collection. One is a set of decorations designed and cut by Goudy, and which may be the only extant set, and other box contains three lines of type for the "Village Press" title banner.
Alphabetical. Large items are in oversize folders.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
The collection originally contained a number of books and monographs, some about Goudy and others printed in, or as examples of, Goudy typefaces. These have been removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog and search on "Gift of David M. Norton" to locate these items.
In our manuscript holdings, see also the Frederic W. Goudy Collection. The library has many Goudy-related books and monographs cataloged in our Rare Books holdings and in the general collection; please refer to the Classic Catalog for a complete listing. There is also a complete case of Goudy type, presently (2009) located on the sixth floor of Bird Library in the Lemke Seminar Room.
Goudy, Frederic W. (Frederic William), 1865-1947.
Norton, David M.
Graphic design (Typography) -- United States.
Letterpress printing -- United States.
Printing -- United States -- History.
Printing presses -- United States.
Private presses -- United States.
Type and type-founding -- History.
Type designers -- United States.
Typesetting -- History.
Genres and Forms
Typefaces (Type forms)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
David M. Norton Collection on Frederic W. Goudy,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of David M. Norton, 2009, 2013-2015.
|Most of these were printed by David Norton. Items include a testimonial by Dean Lyle Spencer on occasion of a dinner for Goudy, quotes from Goudy and Spinoza, an excerpt from Lincoln's second inaugural address, the Hippocratic Oath (old form), and so on.|
|Oversize 2||Massachusetts Spy or, American Oracle of Library (reproduction)|
|A facsimile reproduction of number 219 of volume five the Massachusetts Spy or, American Oracle of Library for 3 May 1775 with its reproduction of the inscription maintaining that "This News-paper is the first Thing ever printed in Worcester" and with the reproduction of the signature of Isaiah Thomas. Originally donated to the School of Journalism by Dr. Paul M. Paine.|
|Oversize 2||Oeuvres de Montesquieu 1826|
|One sheet, printed by Jules Didot Ainé in Paris in 1826. Page is set in types shown in Pierre Didot's Spécimen des Nouveaux Charactères of 1819. The 'g' and 'y' of this face are especially distinctive.|
|Oversize 2||Specimen sheets - includes one labeled "The Lost Goudy Types"; see also Memorabilia : Articles, clippings etc. below for commercially-printed specimens|
|Oversize 2||Articles, clippings, etc. about Goudy and Goudy type 1935-1977 (gaps) (2 folders)|
|Items include Type & Presse No. 11, "Hope Fades for Fred Goudy Deepdene Shrine" as well as articles from The Inland Printer and other typography journals. There are also advertisements from printers featuring Goudy typefaces and/or mentioning Goudy.|
|Oversize 1||Plaster relief of Goudy and his wife, by Goudy 1933|
|Oversize 2||Portraits of Goudy 1932-1938 (gaps) (5 items)|
|Oversize 2||Tribute to Bertha Goudy, by Frederic Goudy 21 Jun 1936 - final manuscript draft in ink with pencil corrections of Frederic W. Goudy's formal printed tribute to his wife, Bertha M. Goudy, given to Dean M. Lyle Spencer of the Syracuse University School of Journalism on 8 August 1936|
|Oversize 3||Type design poster, "How Frederic W. Goudy Designed Type" - large poster, showing stages of type design from sketch to final printed specimen; Garamont [sic] 12 pt; created by David Norton|
|Oversize 1||Collection of type ornaments designed and cut by Goudy|
|Oversize 1||Box with three lines of set type, one of which is the title for "The Village Press"|