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Cummington Press Papers

Identifier: MsC0843

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Scope and Contents

Print specimens from the press of Harry Duncan; biographical essays about Duncan.


  • Creation: 1947-1981


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Duncan started the Cummington Press with fellow students at the Cummington School of the Arts in Cummington, Massachusetts. Over the years, the other students fell away but Duncan perservered. Paul Wightman Williams joined him in 1944 for what would become a twelve year collaboration. The press moved from Cummington to Rowe, Massachusetts, in 1954. After Williams was killed in a car accident in 1956, Duncan moved to the University of Iowa to teach and to continue printing books under the Cummington Press name. He bought a large house in West Branch, Iowa, and there established his press. (This house would later be bought by the Kornblums who started the Toothpaste Press there.) In 1973 he joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska, where he taught the art of book making. The books created were brought out under the auspices of the Abattoir Press. Harry Duncan died in 1997.


0.25 Linear Feet

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Related Materials

Please refer to External Documents to see the Cummington Press Records and Harry Duncan Papers finding aid at Emory University.





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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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