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Erich Wronker collection of printing medals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CSC-0002

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of more than 800 medals (measuring 40 mm and under), medallions (measuring 41 mm and over), plaquettes (non-circular medals), tokens, coins, paperweights, badges, and awards which were struck to commemorate an event, person, society, meeting, or institution related to printing, publishing, and the collecting and selling of books and newspapers, or to be given as an award or prize relating to those themes. Also included are commemorations of typefounders, engravers, editors, papermakers, inventors, anniversaries, book fairs, and exhibitions relating to printing, publishing, books, and periodicals. The objects came from twenty-seven countries on four continents, with the majority struck or created in England, France, Germany, and the United States.

The collection also includes Erich Wronker's documentary photographs, accession records, research notes, correspondence, and other records relating to his acquisition and cataloging of the medals, as well as his writings and lectures on his collection. Also included are inventory lists prepared by Lili Cassel-Wronker, and an audiotape interview with printer and publisher Henry Morris.


  • Creation: 1243-2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Erich Wronker was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1921, and lived in France, Egypt, and Palestine before immigrating to New York in 1943. There he was employed by New York University Press and for twenty-five years, the Treaty Series Group, a printing company that worked with the United Nations. In 1955 he founded Ron Press with his wife, calligrapher Lili Cassel-Wronker (born 1924). Ron Press produced greeting cards, stationary, and books. Erich Wronker died on June 9, 1997.


8.97 Linear Feet (7 manuscript boxes, 30 miniature boxes)




Collection of medals related to the history of printing, publishing, and collecting books or newspapers, as collected by publisher Erich Wronker. Also includes notes, photographs, correspondence, and publications.


Collection is organized into three series: I. Collection Documentation, 1969-1994; II. Research and Writings, 1852-2001; III. Medals, 1243-2000.

Physical Location

Cary Graphic Arts Collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Erich Wronker collection of printing medals was gifted to the Cary Graphic Arts Collection by Lili Cassel-Wronker in 2002.


Processing Information

Collection processed by Cary Collection staff, date unknown.

Finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, February 2012.

Erich Wronker collection of printing medals
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Cary Special Collections
Amy Vilz
29 February 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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