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Frederic W. Goudy Award collection and Symposium videotapes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0283

Scope and Contents

The Frederic W. Goudy Award collection includes clippings, press releases, invitations, and programs related to the award and honorees. Awards were initially presented at a lecture, and later, at a symposium. VHS videotapes provide coverage of symposia from 1991 to 1993. In 1988, Twenty Years of the Frederic W. Goudy Award was published; a copy of the book is in the collection. Lastly, the first award, given to Herman Zapf, is also included.

Eight DVDs added to the collection in 2022 include awards from 2016, 2015, 1989, 1986, 1981.


  • Creation: 1961-2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1961 - 1992

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Frederic W. Goudy Award was established in 1969 as part of a gift by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust to RIT. The gift was mainly comprised of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, one of the country's premier libraries on the history and practice of printing.The original collection of 2,300 volumes was assembled by the New York City businessman Melbert B. Cary, Jr. during the 1920s and 1930s. Cary was director of Continental Type Founders Association, a former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and proprietor of the private Press of the Woolly Whale. His professional and personal interests in printing led him to collect printer's manuals and type specimens, as well as great books of the printer's art.

In 1969, the Cary Collection was presented to RIT as a memorial to Mr. Cary, together with funds to support use of the collection, establish undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships in the School of Printing, and fund the Goudy Award, presented annually to an outstanding typographer. Noted type designer Frederic W. Goudy (1865-1947) was a longtime friend of Melbert Cary, and served as vice president of Cary's firm Continental Typefounders. Mary Flagler Cary established the Frederic W. Goudy Award in honor of that friendship.


2 Linear Feet (6 Folders, 17 VHS tapes, 8 DVDs, 1 Award - 2 boxes)




Clippings, programs, videotapes, and invitations related to the Frederic W. Goudy Award, conferred by Rochester Institute of Technology.


Materials are arranged by subject. Paper records and videotapes are in separate boxes.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 749

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, a partial inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Frederic W. Goudy Award collection and Symposium videotapes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 2010:069

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

Frederic W. Goudy Award collection and Symposium videotapes
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
05 November 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA