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Independent Project Press ephemera

Identifier: CSC-0125

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of postcards, stamps, announcements, music packaging, two compact music discs, and one LP vinyl record. This ephemera pack was purchased through the 2017 Kickstarter campaign for a monograph about Independent Project Press, and its printer, Bruce Licher.


  • Publication: Majority of material found within 1982 - 2018


Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open to researchers. Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact Dr. Steven Galbraith at for access inquiries.

Biographical / Historical

Musician, artist, and designer Bruce Licher founded Independent Project Press after learning the art of letterpress printing at the Women's Graphic Center in downtown Los Angeles at the beginning of 1982. His initial projects centered around creating album covers, postcards and promotional stamps for his band Savage Republic. He also produced work for other L.A. underground music groups, along with a growing number of clients in the Los Angeles design community. In addition to packaging and releasing music on his own record label (Independent Project Records), Independent Project Press also produces elegant and creative business stationery, invitations, wine labels, promotional stamp sheets and booklets, and numerous other pieces of letterpress-printed ephemera for clients large and small. Licher was nominated twice for a Grammy Award for his album packaging, and has been credited with starting the trend in letterpress-printed CD and record packaging using industrial-style chipboard. His graphic design and letterpress work has been featured in two major design exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, and has also been exhibited in California, Arizona, and Paris, France. After 17 years living and working in Sedona, Arizona, Licher has relocated Independent Project Press to the Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, California.*

*From the Kickstarter campaign:


1 Box(es) (oversized portfolio box) ; 18 x 20 inches




Arranged in folders by object genre.
Folder 1, Compact discs
Folder 2, Greeting cards
Folder 3, Letterhead, business collateral
Folder 4, Miscellaneous ephemera
Folder 5, Music packaging
Folder 6, Stamps
Folder 7, Independent Project Press ephemera
Folder 8, Independent Project Records LP record

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mailed to the Cary Graphic Arts Collection from Independent Project Press on June 20, 2018.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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