Following a career in set design and the graphic arts, Stephen O. Saxe focused on the study and collection of letterpress printing and history.

April 18

As Rochester gazed skyward for the total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, we surveyed the Cary for evidence of celestial-themed publications in our collections.

March 11

A niche part of the comics world, 3D comics have a brief yet fascinating history.  From an enthusiastic start in the 1950s through a quiet end in the early 2000s, hundreds of issues were released,

April 11

This exhibition brings the evolution of relief printing to life through a timeline of artifacts from the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

September 21

RIT enters the Spider-Verse as the Cary Graphic Arts Collection displays the original cover artwork created by Marvel Comics artist and RIT Alumnus Adam Kubert for Spider-Man India. Kubert

August 28

The Acorn Press is named after its distinct shape.

August 28

In 2018, a team of RIT undergraduate engineering students, Ian Kurtz, Reese Salen, Matthew Nygren, and Maher Abdelkawi, set out to build two bookwheels using Ram

August 28

George Giusti (1908–1990, American b. Switzerland) was a Modernist graphic designer whose work incorporated fine art sensibilities and expert craftsmanship.

August 28

As a distingushed graphic designer in the early 20th century, Lester Beall was commissioned by the Rural Electrification Administration under the New Deal programs between 1939 and 1943 to create a

August 28

Matthew Leibowitz (1918–1974), was a successful American graphic designer who worked in advertising and magazine design.

In August 2021, the Cary Collection hosted artist/printmaker Lynne Avadenka to work with the rare Hebrew wood type as part of her crea

In 2014, the Cary acquired a collection of about forty fonts of Hebrew and Yiddish wood type.

March 13

Peruse our growing collection of Digital Exhibitions at https://cary-exhibits.rit.edu

October 19

The Cary Collection is RIT’s rare book library, which in addition to holding thousands of books and archives, also maintains working vintage printing presses.

August 10

The Cary shines a spotlight this fall on American printer-activist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

February 11

Josef Albers (1888–1976) was part of the select group of artists who were commissioned in the 1960s to create original works to beautify RIT’s “new” Henrietta campus, which opened in 1968.

August 27

Lecture by Zapf biographer, Jerry Kelly 
"Herman & Gudrun: A Centenary Celebration"

April 2

Though photogravure, by its very name, is considered a modern photomechanical process, its origins date back to the early days of illustration printing.

February 1

Please join RIT Goudy Award-winning type designers, Kris Holmes and Chuck Bigelow, for a lecture about their first commercial typeface, “Leviathan,” designed in 1977-78 for the Arion Press limited

September 1

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, Septmeber 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, The Wallace Center at RIT, 2nd floor.

On September 22, 1958 the United States Post Office saluted “the proud profession of journalism by dedicating a commemorative postage stamp to a basic American right—our American free press.” So sp

February 24

Dynamism is a term applied in physics to describe energy, force, and motion. Something that is dynamic is active and effective.

To commemorate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford in England announced a call
August 29

Shakespeare in Fine Press commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a selection of fine press editions held in the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

February 15

Ed Benguiat has seen monumental transitions of the typography industry. From photo-lettering to desktop publishing, Benguiat knows it all comes from the same place—the hand.

April 30

Vessel is a juried traveling exhibition sponsored by the Guild of Bookworkers.

The Cary Collection is pleased to announce a landmark acquisition of a letter written by the famed type designer, punch-cutter, and printer Giambattista Bodoni, (1740-1813).

October 19

Very few surviving printing presses carry with them a known legacy of their work.

The RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederic W. Goudy in Spring 2015.

A group of RIT Mechanical Engineering students spent the 2014-2015 academic year in their senior design class collaborating with the Cary Collection to design and fabricate a 21st century hand-oper

Albert Schiller (1898-1970) was a talented, creative, and well respected advertising typographer who worked in New York City from 1920s through the early 1960s, spending most of that time as typogr

March 12

This exhibition celebrates the sesquicentennial of the birth of Frederic W. Goudy. In 1963 Professor Alexander Lawson acquired a landmark collection of books, prints, and metal type made by Goudy.

October 6

October 9, 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology.

May 13

From eye-catching book covers to multi-media collages, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection’s spring exhibition, Elaine Lustig Cohen: Voice & Vision examines the work of a trailblazing wom

Lectures available on YouTube

January 27

Events for the Exhibition, free and open to the public

August 26

New Lectures planned! Open to the public.

Big Type

March 14

From photographic portraits to the elegant layouts of Harper’s Bazaar, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection’s spring exhibition, Alexey Brodovitch: Life & Livelihood, examines the

January 15

Big Type

October 1

From gilt edges to fore-edge paintings, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection's fall exhibition, “Edges of Books,” examines the centuries-old tradition of edge decoration.

In 1960, The School of Printing prevailed upon Mrs.

April 12

Download the exhibition catalogue for The Light of the Sublime.

In 1906 appeared a collection of essays called The Building of a Book in which various experts wrote about their particular book-making specialties.

January 16

Books & Pieces: Works by Scott McCarney from the Artists’ Book Collection of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Annotated with Ephemera Describing the Conceptio

In 2003, I was awarded a Faculty Development (FEAD) grant to carry out a project on current digital printing technologies.

June 12

In Hereford Cathedral in England, there is an old and venerable library of books, most of which are in stout folio formats. The earliest of these dates back to the eighth century.

April 12

The Stephen Neil Cooper Synchronic Collection of Comic Books is comprised of 202 comic book titles that were for sale on newsstands and racks in candy-stores throughout America in April 1956.

December 6

Ismar David immediately felt Blaise Pascal’s compassion and purity of thought, reaching out from the seventeenth century to our time.

As printing from movable type was perfected in the fifteenth century, the mysteries of its practice were guarded by a privileged few.

A collection of printers' medals is interesting not only because it offers a visual record of great printers and of events in printing history, but also because the very art of making medals is clo

“Graphic Communications Through the Ages” commemorates significant milestones in the history of communications technologies: the development of paper and character forms, typography design, and pri

September 15

The Graphic Design Archive (GDA), was inaugurated in the mid-1980s when RIT’s R.

June 9

The Cary Graphic Arts Collection, on the occasion of the Future of Reading conference at RIT (June 9-12, 2010), is pleased to display a selection of landmark books from the long history of making b

March 10

As the long winter nights wind down, and we become weary of the blustery weather in Western New York, we begin to think about all those places we’ve wanted to visit.