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Mo Lebowitz collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CSC-0028

Scope and Contents

The Mo Lebowitz contains examples of Lebowitz’s printed work, consisting of ephemeral pieces that celebrate his interest in cigars, food, wine, bluegrass and classical music (Mozart in particular), literary characters (Sherlock Holmes in particular), and acquisitions of equipment for his press. Much of the collection consists of whimsical and humorous promotion of Lebowitz’s shop, travels, and personal life, in the form of announcements printed as cards, broadsides, posters, and pamphlets, as well as on paper napkins and bags, hang tags, sheets of plastic, tissue, and a wide variety of other substrates. He regularly employed display types and nineteenth-century ornaments and illustration cuts, in addition to articulated elements, die-cut papers, and applied objects including beans, wine corks, and commercial antacids. Some announcements and invitations document exhibitions of Lebowitz’s work, lectures that he presented, and awards that he received from professional organizations. Folders of letterhead, invitations, and announcements reveal work produced for friends and clients. Several pieces in the collection refer to The Design Organization, Lebowitz’s partnership with Al Ross. A few items are dated; most are not, but were produced the 1960s and 1970s.


  • Creation: 1960-1980


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Mo Lebowitz was born in Washington, DC, and earned a BA degree from the University of Maryland. He worked in the Washington area as an agency art director, and then moved to New York in 1960 where he served consecutively as art director for American Machine & Foundry, Savitt Studios, and Needham, Louis & Brorby, until he opened his own design office in 1966. In 1960 Lebowitz established the Antique Press in the basement of his home on Long Island, New York, and with an eclectic collection of letterpress equipment and fonts of metal and wood type, he produced broadsides, pamphlets, invitations, holiday cards, posters, and other ephemera that were widely collected by his friends and acquaintances in the graphic design community. In 2004 Mo Lebowitz presented the contents of his letterpress shop to the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.


1.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)




The Mo Lebowitz Collection contains more than five hundred examples of his printed work, consisting of ephemeral pieces that celebrate his interests, including cigars, food, wine, bluegrass and classical music, literary characters, and acquisitions of equipment for his press.


The collection is organized into two series: Small Format Ephemera, and Large Format Ephemera. Each is arranged alphabetically by genre or theme: Announcements and cards for other clients; Cigars; Equipment; Food; Holiday cards; Lectures, exhibitions, and awards; Literary characters; Music, bluegrass; Music, classical; Stationery; Wine; and Miscellaneous.

Physical Location

Cary Annex

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mo Lebowitz, 1982. Accession number(s): 2010:002

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The Richard Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection, CSC0151

Related Materials

The Alex Mogelon Wood Type collection CSC-0159

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sandra Markham.

Finding aid encoded by Lisa Witt, October 2015.


Mo Lebowitz collection
Cary Graphic Design Archives
Lisa Witt
14 October 2015
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Revision Statements

  • 6/26/2024: Removal of "Other Finding Aids" document link as collection is encoded in ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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