Robert Hunter Middleton papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1921–1985
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

Robert Hunter Middleton Papers (39 linear feet [48 boxes, 14 record cartons, 3 oversize boxes]) consists of diaries, notes, original manuscripts of writings, design art, correspondence, personal and financial records, printed ephemera, and type specimens from the collection of Robert Hunter Middleton. There are extensive files relating to the Ludlow Typograph Co., Middleton’s longtime employer; to Cherryburn Press and Apprentice House, his private imprints; to the Society of Typographic Arts, and to other organizations. The extensive correspondence files include particularly significant exchanges with artists Egdon Margo and Paul Standard; printers Paul Duensing, Joseph Graves, Victor and Caroline Hammer, and Giovanni Mardersteig; and designers John Dreyfus, James Mangan, Leslie Sprunger, and Gordon Williams.

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.