Bob McCamant papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1934–1981 (bulk 1977–1983)

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

2.5 linear feet of material consisting of periodicals, publications, speeches, correspondence, photos, slides, and audiotapes documenting Bob McCamant's professional activities through conferences, journals and newsletters of professional organizations, and various activities related to his design career.

Biographical Historical Note

In 1971 along with friends from Carleton College, Bob McCamant founded the Chicago Reader, an alternative free weekly newspaper focused on cultural and political issues in Chicago. McCamant served for more than two decades as the Reader's art designer, and distinguished the publication from other free weekly papers through its clean and professional design, During this era, McCamant played a role in professionalizing art design through his work as editor for the journal of the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), as well as organizing conferences and giving speeches. McCamant also founded the Sherwin Beach Press, for which he serves as designer and editor.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Society of Typographic Arts Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives;Chicago Reader Artwork Collection and Alison True - Chicago Reader Records, Newberry Library