Material Text collection
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
The Material Text collection consists of objects related to the history of the book and the physical processes involved in book production. This "collection" is an artificial one as it has been assembled by Kislak Center curators from many sources and will continue growing with new additions. The main purpose in aggregating these objects in one physical collection is to allow their use in teaching the history of printing and the book.
The collection contains two overarching series that have eleven subseries between them. The first series "Printing surfaces" consists of examples of objects used in the printing process including engraved copper plates, metal type, electrotype plates, lithographic stones, and woodblocks. Most of these objects were actually employed in the printing of books but only some have been definitively linked to a known textual production. The second series "General History of the Book Material" contains examples of objects and texts produced or used in knowledge dissemination-media; these include bookbinding materials, copying apparatuses, printed ephemera, sound recording cylinders, examples of printing process errors, and more. Several of the more significant items in this collection have also received separate and more detailed cataloging; where this is the case, a link is provided to the detailed record.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Maria Fagliano and Mitch Fraas
- Finding Aid Date
- 2019 November 7
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.