Guide to the Papers of Stephen Harvard, circa 1950 - 1998Manuscript MS-1101

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Stephen Harvard, circa 1950 - 1998

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1101

Collection Dates:

circa 1950 - 1998

Size of Collection:

12 boxes (18 linear feet)

Abstract:

Stephen Harvard (1948-1988). Type, book and letter designer. Contains sketches, mock-ups, and correspondence documenting his professional life.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

This collection documents Stephen Harvard's study of the art of lettering, graphic design, and bookmaking. Contains illustrations, graphic designs, and book designs created by Harvard for clients, primarily through Meriden-Stinehour Press. His work in typography is documented in all stages of production, from experimental sketches to final computer-printed samples. His collaboration with Adobe Systems on the use of the computer in type design is also represented through correspondence and other materials.

Biography

Stephen Harvard (1948-1988), Dartmouth College Class of 1970. Calligrapher, illustrator, book designer, type designer and graphic designer. Studying under Ray Nash at Dartmouth, Harvard's passion for the arts of letters and bookmaking was acknowledged with a grant from the American Friends of the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, where he traveled to study engraving and punchcutting with Sam Hartz and stone cutting with Will Carter. After graduating Harvard worked as a stone letter cutter for the John Stevens Shop in Rhode Island before joining Meriden-Stinehour Press as a book designer, calligrapher, and illustrator. In 1987, he began using the Macintosh computer in his type design and became a member of Adobe System's Type Advisory Board, through which he promoted the use of computers in typography and adapted some of his own type faces for electronic uses. Harvard died by suicide in 1988.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1950-1981

Contains formatting drafts for "An Italic Copybook: The Cataneo Manuscript;" drafts of Josephine Haskell Aldridge's "Wysteria Mist Mountain" and Harvard's illustrations for it, as well as correspondence regarding the book; a variety of computer-printed graphics; quotations about books and typography written in calligraphy and pencil; drafts of Harvard's illustrations for "First Person Rural: Essays of a Sometime Farmer," as well as correspondence and news clippings related to the book; practice lettering for the title typography of "Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light;" two carved woodblocks; notes for lectures on typography and graphic arts; printed ephemera on lettering, graphic arts, as well as a woodblock lettered in white paint.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1966-1998

Contains two Spiral Press publications inscribed by Blumenthal with letter laid in to Harvard from Blumenthal; drafts and final versions of posters, book covers, calendars, and pamphlets designed by Harvard. Also contains two volumes: "French Eighteenth Century Typeography" and "Feder un Stichel" the later inscribed to Harvard from Hermann Zapf, while the former has letters laid in concerning a book review.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1953-1988

Contains "The Instruments of Writing," inscribed to Harvard by Hermann Zapf; "Hermann Zapf" letter laid in to Harvard from Zapf; "Scribes and Sources" with letters laid in concerning the review of the book. Three metal printing blocks.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: 1972-1987

Documents Harvard's creation of the type "Kestrel Roman" face. Contains a box of Kestrel Roman letters on individual mylar sheets, experimental designs on various surfaces, in various mediums, and of various sizes, photographs and negatives of reduction tests, and typed tests. Also contains files for various projects including drafts of designs and corresponcence with clients, Harvard's own written instructions, accompanied by illustrations, of the process of punchcutting, envelopes containing large cut-outs of letters of varying fonts, his suggestions for the structure of a type design software program and his correspondence with Adobe Systems regarding this, quotations written in calligraphy, and various business correspondence.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1977-1981

Contains three boxes of copied research articles, handwritten notes, typewritten drafts, collections of images, formatting tests, several unbound test editions, and correspondence with publishers of "An Italic Copybook: The Cataneo Manuscript." Also contains files of varying projects done by Harvard, including hand drawn designs and correspondence with the clients.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: 1955-1988

Contains an envelope of printed items from Gehanna Press, including many wood engraving prints by Leonard Baskin, small publications, such as newsletters and programs, about lettering, graphic arts, bookmaking, and miscellaneous topics, correspondence with Adobe Systems regarding a type design software program, sketches, and printouts of various developed fonts, including Adobe Garamond.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 7, Dates: 1960-1990

Contains an envelope of early printings by Godine Press, a poster introducing Stephen Harvard's new display type "Grolier," test prints of Grolier, pencil sketches of several other types, test critiques of Kestrel and correspondence with Adobe regarding the same, Harvard's contract with Adobe, an Adobe type catalogue, a copy of "Colophon," Adobe Systems' news publication, an invitation to an exhibition "The Work of Stephen Harvard: A Life in Letters," and five electrotype printing blocks.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 8, Dates: 1986-1989

Contains test covers and lettering drafts of "An Italic Copybook: The Cataneo Manuscript," "A Mirror of Nature: Dutch Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward William Carter," "New Bedford & Old Dartmouth: A Portrait of the Region's Past," "An Alphabet," "First Person Rural: Essays of a Sometime Farmer," "Ansel Adams: Yosemite and The Range of Light," "The Derrydale Press: A Bibliography," "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, & The Bahama Islands," and "Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script & Type in the Fifteenth Century." Also contains the original cover illustration for "Lincoln's Sparrow on Blackberry" as well as the cover test, and samples of a design for "Whaling Museum Library," the portfolio "American Birds" by Eliot Porter, and invitations, posters, and prints from the Stephen Harvard Memorial Lecture.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 9, Dates: 1987-1988

Contains designs for the Rick Golt Portfolio of photographic images as well as correspondence related to the project, including several of "Images of Hawaii;" also contains calendars; pattern designs in various stages of production; printings of quotations; several copies of a leaflet printed by "The Grolier Club;" various posters, test covers and title designs for "Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script & Type in the Fifteenth Century," "The Printer & The Pardoner," "Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light," "An Italic Copybook: The Cataneo Manuscript," and "The Dolphin Reader."

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 10, Dates: 1987

Contains various designs by Meriden-Stinehour Press, including Rick Golt's "Images of Hawaii;" calendars and posters; posters for the "National Collegiate Book Arts Exhibition;" the "Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers" calendar; the "American Birds" portfolio; "An Italic Copybook: The Cataneo Manuscript;" "The Extraordinary Landscape;" "Plain & Elegant, Rich & Common;" "Ansel Adams: Yosemite and the Range of Light;" several books highlighting art collections, and the posters; "Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor."

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Box: 11, Dates: 1986-1987

Contains poster design materials for the Rick Golt Portfolio and various notes and correspondence regarding the project. Contains additional posters.

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Box: 12, Dates: 1986-1988

Contains several poster designs and final copies for the Rick Golt Portfolio, Alan Magee "Stones and Other Works," and other posters.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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