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H. George Taenzer Collection

Identifier: CSC-0138


This collection includes photographs, booklets, pamphlets, correspondence, and other written works relating to H. George Taenzer.


  • Creation: 1986-1992

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Hanz George Taenzer was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. He spent most of his early life in Germany, training to become a type setter. During his time in Germany he worked at the Stempel Type Foundry in Frankfurt. He met and married his first wife in Germany, but she died due to leukemia. Taenzer then immigrated to Canada in 1954, where he met and married his second wife in 1956.

In 1956 he moved to the United States to continue his work as a typographer and became the supervisor of a composing room at Case-Hoyt. He would later move to Rochester, New York and become an apprentice to Herman Zapf. Taenzer then joined Kodak in 1982 to become a specialist in identity and nomenclature in communications and public affairs. He also became a committee member of the Rochester Club of Printing House Craftsman Inc., the Rochester Turners, and the Federation of German Societies Inc.

Taenzer was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Craftsman of the Year award in 1962; the Printing Industries of America Man of the Year in 1981; the Premier Craftsman of the International Association of Printing House Craftsman in 1982; and three Life Mambership awards from the same aforementioned association over his lifetime.

Taenzer had 3 children: Patricia, Karin, and Stephen. He died on November 20, 1991 at age 62.


.5 Linear Feet (One document box)




This collection consists of 11 folders divided among 2 boxes. One box contains materials from another closely related collection, the Rochester Club of Printing House Craftsmen Collection (CSC 0137), and holds 2 folders belonging to the H. George Taenzer collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Cary Graphic Arts Collection by Ray Czapkowski in 2018. [Accession number cc2019:002].

Related Materials

CSC 0137, the Rochester Club of Printing House Craftsmen Collection.

There is also metal type in the Cary Collection that belonged to Taenzer as part of his personal print-shop collection. This was accessioned by David Pankow after Taenzer's death with the permission of Taenzer's wife.

H. George Taenzer Collection
Ella von Holtum and Kayla Jackson
26 March 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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