CFP: [Bibliography] APHA 2008 Conference: Saving the History of Printing

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Gerald Cloud
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Saving the History of Printing

The American Printing History Association (APHA) welcomes proposals for its
33rd annual conference, Saving the History of Printing.
The conference will be held in New York City on October 10-12, 2008, with a
keynote address by James Mosley at the Grolier Club on Friday October 10
and the main proceedings on Saturday, October 11 at Columbia University.
Full conference details will be available at the APHA website,

The conference theme is the preservation of the stuff of printing history,
broadly conceived â€" the material (presses, type, plates, blocks,
bookbinding equipment), the documentation (manuals, type specimens,
archives), and the practices (the skills and knowledge necessary to operate
the equipment, or to make the paper, ink, punches, etc.) â€" from the
earliest days of printing up to the present. We welcome participation by
printers, papermakers and other practitioners of the allied crafts,
librarians, curators, academics, independent scholars, and collectors.

We particularly encourage papers that address:
    -- why and to what purpose a museum collects printing equipment
    -- how an institution encourages visitors to engage with printing history
    -- how no-longer-commercial skills are perpetuated

Papers will be 20 minutes in length.

Proposals are welcome for panels of three to four speakers and a moderator
(circa one to one-and-a-half hours).

Proposals should include a title, an abstract, contact information, a short
biographical statement, and should list specific equipment needs such as
slide and digital projectors. Proposals should not exceed one page. All
presenters must have current APHA memberships at the time of registration.

Proposals are due April 1, 2008. Program announcements are expected June 1,

Electronic (preferred) or hard copy submissions will be accepted.
Email proposals (Word document file, PDF or text) to
Mail proposals to co-chairs: Gerald Cloud & Jane Siegel, Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, Columbia University, Butler Library, Sixth Floor, 535
West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027, or fax to 212-854-1365.
Apart from its conference, APHA supports research and scholarship through
its journal Printing History, publications, an oral history project, and a
fellowship program. The association, founded in 1974, encourages the
preservation of printing artifacts and source materials for printing
history. Additional information, including a membership form, may be found
online at

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