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The Richard Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection

 Collection
Identifier: CSC-0151

Scope and Contents

The Richard Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection contains about forty fonts made from wood for letterpress printing in the Hebrew script. The type was used by the Jewish-American press at the turn of the 20th century. The collection contains forty eight boxes of Hebrew wood type arranged into sets according to related styles and sizes. One box contains letterpress proof prints of each set.

Dates

  • undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection was acquired from the found-materials artist and collector Richard F. Rockford who is based in Clarence, New York. Rockford first bought drawers of Hebrew wood type in the early 1970s in the New York City area from Walter Bick who said he bought them from the “Jewish Daily Forward” Yiddish newspaper. Rockford continued adding to the collection over the next 30 years, buying more wood type from Nathan Silver and others.

Extent

49 Box(es) (48 white Clamshell boxes size 16"x18", 1 Gray Lid box 13"x18". 17 linear feet.)

Language

English

Hebrew

Yiddish

Overview

The Richard Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection contains about forty fonts made from wood for letterpress printing in the Hebrew script.

Arrangement

The collection contains forty eight boxes of Hebrew wood type arranged into sets according to related styles and sizes. One box contains letterpress proof prints of each set. The classification method used for this collection follows the one that is implemented in the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection for Latin wood type and was devised by David P. Wall in 1991. It was adapted by Shani Avni to accommodate the Hebrew script. The call number consists of five sections describing: the class (Hebrew) , subclass (style: Merubah-Tag/Tagless), group (Variation: Curved Stroke/ Droplet / Mixed), subgroup (Proportion: Regular/Condensed/Extra Condensed/Mixed) and serial number.

Physical Location

Cary Cage

Other Finding Aids

A spreadsheet of the complete data regarding every font of the Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection is available for download. This data includes sizes, character counts, typeface style classifications, and notations if characters are modified or missing from each alphabet. Rockford Hebrew Type Data

RIT Libraries Digital Collections, Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection images of wood type and type specimen proofs: Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection images and proofs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was accuired by RIT Cary Graphic Art Collection from Richard Rockford in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired with funds from the Ismar David fund,see email from November 20, 2013.

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Mo Lebowitz collection, CSC-0028

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Ismar David papers, CSC-0004

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The Female Forme CSC-0161

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Shani Avni in May 2021.

Creator

Title
The Richard Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection
Subtitle
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Shani Avni
Date
11 May 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Contact:
Rochester NY 14623 US
(585) 475-2408