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Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection guestbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0361

Scope and Contents

Because of the signatures in the register, it is likely the guestbook is from an event at the Melbert B Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection. Signatures include RIT alumni and cultural notables including: Catherine Tyler Brody (New York City Technical College), Caroline Backlund (National Gallery of Art), Marcus McCorison (American Antiquarian Society), and Bernard Middleton (bookbinder). RIT luminairies include Mark Ellingson, Shirley and Robert Panara, and Richard Rose.


  • Creation: circa 1985

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Cary Collection is 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 by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust as a memorial to Mr. Cary, together with funds to support use of the collection. Today the library houses some 20,000 volumes and a growing number of manuscripts and correspondence collections. Also included are holdings on bookbinding, papermaking, type design, calligraphy and book illustration.


1 Item(s) (1 Lid box)




Guestbook for an unknown RIT event, most likely related to the Melbert B Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection.


Collection consists of one item.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in December 2011.

Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection guestbook
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
03 December 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA