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The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology

Cary Graphic Arts Collection is one of the world’s premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices. Our growing library holds over 45,000 volumes and over 130 archival collections.

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News

  • October 21, 2019

    Inscription above glass doors with wood fram reads: Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection.

    Master stone carver John Everett Benson awarded Goudy Award

    John Everett “Fud” Benson, a master stone carver, calligrapher and type designer, is the 2019 recipient of the Frederic W. Goudy Award for Excellence in Typography, given to an outstanding practitioner in type design and related fields. Presented by the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, the award is dedicated to the continued progress of the printing field in the spirit of the great printers of the past.

  • September 30, 2019

    Students look at materials in library.

    Exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT

    RIT is celebrating the 50th year anniversary of its internationally renowned collection of books and artifacts dedicated to the history of the printed word. The Cary Graphic Arts Collection is hosting a retrospective exhibition, “The Founding Collection and Beyond,” displaying pieces from the library that belonged to printer Melbert B. Cary Jr. and later acquisitions that have shaped the collection since its inception in 1969.