Norman Press collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1878–1965

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

3 linear feet of material consisting of consists of keepsakes, booklets and printed promotional materials published by or in conjunction with the Norman Press and the Black Cat Press, or by bookmaker/typographer Norman Forgue, founder of the Norman Press.

Biographical Historical Note

Fine printer Norman W. Forgue was working for Douglas McMurtrie at Ludlow Typographic Company when he started Black Cat Press in 1932. It produced more than 300 titles in its 42-year history, winning numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and other graphic arts organizations.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Norman W. Forgue / Black Cat Press archives, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives; William A. Kittredge Papers, Douglas C. McMurtrie Papers, Robert Hunter Middleton Papers and R. Hunter Middleton letters, Will Ransom Papers, Bruce Rogers Papers, all Newberry Library;