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Chauncey Hawley Griffith papers, 1871-1969

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Title

Chauncey Hawley Griffith papers

Date

1871-1969

Repository

University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506

Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Chauncey Hawley Griffith papers, 1871-1969, 1M72M31, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

8.6 cubic ft.

Biography/History

Businessman, Printer. Griffith was a native of Sheritts, Ohio but spent his childhood in Lexington, Ky. He worked for the Lexington HERALD before joining the Mergenthaler Linotype Company (Brooklyn, N.Y.) as a sales representative. Griffith eventually worked his way up the ladder to vice- president in charge of typographical development. He personally designed and adapted a number of types for the linotype and brought outstanding artists, such as W. A. Dwiggins and Rudolph Ruzicka, to work for his company. He retired in 1950.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, drawings, proofs and photographs compiled during the business career of Chauncey Hawley Griffith, who was associated with Mergenthaler Linotype Company of Brooklyn, N.Y. The papers contain a large amount of correspondence between Griffith and Dwiggins, drawings of letters made by Dwiggins and Ruzicka, proofs of many typefaces, several portraits of Griffith, and photographs of houses and outdoor scenes.

Subjects

  • Griffith, Chauncey Hawley, 1879-1956.
  • Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-
  • Dwiggins, W. A. (William Addison), 1880-1956.
  • Mergenthaler Linotype Company (N.Y.)
  • Type and type-founding.
  • Printers.
  • Drawings.
  • Photoprints

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