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Type Specimen Books in Special Collections: Finding Materials

Finding Specimen Books in DELCAT Discovery

When using the DELCAT Discovery catalog, you can perform a simple search by entering the broad term “specimen book” in the keyword search bar. To narrow your results, select the Advanced Search option and use keywords like “type specimen book” and “printing” while limiting your location to “special collections.”

 

Searching for Typefaces

If you are looking for information on one of the major typefaces, try narrowing the search using search terms from the following list of typeface names:

Antique

Arial

Baskerville

Bodoni

Book Antiqua

Bookman Old Style

Caslon

Century Schoolbook

Cheltenham

Clarendon

Cloister Black 

Copperplate Gothic (Bold and Light)

Courier New

Didot

Egyptian

Fournier

Franklin Gothic

Futura

Garamond

Georgia

Gill Sans

Goudy Old Style

Helvetica

Impact

Jenson

Lucida Sans

Monotype Corsiva

Palatino 

Rockwell

Times New Roman

Univers

Zapf Humanist 

DELCAT Discovery

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Advanced Search 

Library of Congress Subject Headings

You can also search DELCAT Discovery using specific subject headings related to your topic. Again, select the Advanced Search option and choose the “subject” limiter in one of the provided fields. Next, simply enter one of the following officially recognized sample subject headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings, or link to the results directly from this guide:

[For specimen books from any company]

Printing machinery and supplies--Catalogs.

Printing--Specimens.

Printing machinery and supplies.

Type and type-founding--United States--Specimens.

Type and type-founding.

Wood types (Printing)--Specimens.

 

[For specimen books from a specific company]

American Type Founders Company--Catalogs.

Cincinnati Type Foundry--Catalogs.

Geo. C. Rand & Avery.

Hamilton Manufacturing Co. (Two Rivers, Wis.)--Catalogs.

H.W. Caslon & Co.

Linotype--United States -- Specimens--Catalogs.

Monotype--Specimens.

Private presses--Georgian Press.

Western Type Foundry--Catalogs.

Subject Guide

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