R. Hunter Middleton letters

Inclusive Dates: 
1949–1952
Survey Repository: 
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

R. Hunter Middleton letters (70 items in 6 folders) consists of typed letters (carbon copies) of Robert H. Middleton in reply to autograph letters signed, chiefly by Hilary D.C. Pepler, Edward M. Catich, and others. Letters relate to an exhibition of Eric Gill’s prints at the Newberry Library, February 1949, sponsored jointly by the Library and the Society of Typographic Arts. The exhibition was subsequently shown at various others places in the United States during all of 1949. Correspondence after this date relates to the sale of individual items from the exhibition.

Biographical Historical Note

Robert Hunter Middleton was an American type designer, lettering artist, graphic designer, and fine-press printer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland he came to Chicago in 1908 where he studied at the School of the Art Institute. He joined the design department of the Ludlow Typograph Company in 1923 and served as director of the department of typeface design from 1933–71. In 1944 he began operating a private press, The Cherryburn Press. He died in Chicago.

Additional Notes

Related collection: James Hayes Papers, Newberry Library; Robert Hunter Middleton Design Papers, Leonard S. Rubenstein Design Collection;Norman W. Forgue / Black Cat Press archives, University of Illinois at Chicago; Norman Press Collection, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division; R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Archive, University of Chicago Library.