Society of Typographic Arts records

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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

64.05 linear feet of material consisting of the organizational records of and design examples from the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), including documentation of membership, by-laws of the organizations, meeting minutes, planning materials and documentation of conferences and retreats, and a range of designed materials created by STA as well as those submitted to STA in annual competitions. In addition, the collection contains documentation of STA conferences, including posters, photographs, budgets, reports, notes, correspondence, schedules, speakers lists, grant proposals, steering committee lists, press releases, mailing lists, curriculum vitae, ready press sheets, newsletters, periodicals, invoices, forms, sample presentation folders, resumes, speeches, memoranda, and cassette tapes.

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 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; 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; Society of Typographic Arts Collection of Visual Materials, Society of Typographic Arts Visual Materials for 1982-1983, Society of Typographic Arts Visual Materials Primarily from the 1960s, Chicago History Museum.