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Seybold collection

Identifier: CSC-0027

Scope and Contents

Consisting of primarily product literature this collection is made up of the materials that the Seybold Report staff massed during the 30 year run of the publication from the 1970s to the 2000s. The Seybold Report was a primary publication for printing technology during the time when the industry was changing. The product literature includes company literature, articles, print samples, photographs and press releases from companies relevant to the field during the run of the report. Notable companies in the collection are Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Kodak and Xerox. Many companies once relevant to the field are now defunct, making this collection of press releases and other materials relevant to the history of printing technology.


  • Creation: 1971-1998

Historical information on The Seybold Report

John W. Seybold, printing executive and founder of Rocappi (Research on ComputerApplications in the Printing and Publishing Industries) founded the Seybold Report in 1971, along with his son John. Based in Media, PA, the bi-weekly newsletter was published in a simple, advertisement-free format, focusing on phototypesetting devices and computers in the publishing and printing industry. The first issue of the Seybold Report was distributed free of charge in August 1971. In 1981 the company expanded its reach to include conferences and tradeshows under the name “Seybold Seminars.” Prominent vendors such as Adobe, Microsoft and Apple Computers as well as up-and-coming vendors made product announcements at these tradeshows. In 1991 both The Seybold Report and Seybold Seminars was sold, and the company shifted hands a few more times until in 2004 The Report was declared redundant and the offices in Media, PA were closed.


109 Linear Feet (87 boxes)



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Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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