Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Society of Typographic Arts Collection of Visual Materials consists of 19 boxes of photographic prints, negatives, slides and prints from the organizational archives of the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), a professional society of graphic and typographical designers. Included are announcements and invitations to exhibits, meetings, dinners, conferences, auctions, and parties; exhibition catalogs for Annual Exhibitions of Fine Printing, STA Shows and others; a series of STA Keepsakes--usually a short poem or essay in leaflet form; photographs depicting STA officers and activities such as conferences, exhibits and trips. Negatives show exhibit openings (1961,1963), Fall Conference at Camp Chi, an STA exhibit judging and printed specimens. Slides primarily document STA exhibits.

Biographical Historical Note

The Society of Typographic Arts was founded as in 1927 when the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts broke away to create a separate design group. Its aim was to promote high standards of design, the education of designers, and public awareness of the role of good design, and to sponsor exhibitions, including an annual Design in Chicago Printing Exhibition, and a printing workshop at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The Society of Typographic Arts became known as the American Center for Design in 1989. The organization closed in 2002. Later, a successor organization in Chicago resumed use of the name Society of Typographic Arts.

Additional Notes

Related collection: American Center for Design Records, Chicago History Museum; Society of Typographic Arts records, Gordon Martin Collection, Robert Vogele Design Collection, and Muriel Underwood Papers, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives; Society of Typographic Arts Workshop Records, Newberry Library.