Frederic W. Goudy collection

Summary Information


Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections


Goudy, Frederic W., 1865-1947


Village Press.


Frederic W. Goudy collection






0.6 Cubic feet2 boxes



Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

Frederick Goudy Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries

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Biographical Note

Frederic W. Goudy was a renowned American type designer. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, he designed his first typeface in 1896, titled Camelot. Goudy insisted on creating all of his typefaces by hand in an era when mechanization was beginning to become popular. He operated out of Marlboro, New York where he built his Village Press Shop. Goudy died in 1947. By the end of his life he had created 122 typefaces and published 59 literary works.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents and photographs pertaining to the life and work of Frederic W. Goudy. The documents include Goudy’s correspondence, typeface sketches, and awards. Photographs contain images of Goudy at work, his exhibits, and Marlboro, New York where his shop was located.

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1920-1988

Series 2: Photographs, 1929-1947

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased by Archives and Special Collections.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2009/07/29 by Lora Posey. Finding aid created 2009/07/29 by Lora Posey & Lajmar Anderson. EAD finding aid completed 2008/11/18 by Maren L. Read.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Printers
  • Type designers


  • Printing
  • Type and type-founding

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Collection Inventory

Manuscripts, 1920-1988

Box Folder

Annual Frederic Goudy Award Programs, 1969-1975

1 1

Bently Raak Ephemera, 1929/3/19-1933/10/11

1 2

Frederic W. Goudy Awards, Honors, and Recognitions, 1936-1946

1 3

Frederic W. Goudy Correspondence, Emmons, Earl H., 1938

1 4

Frederic W. Goudy Correspondence, Holloway, J. Henry, 1934

1 5

Frederic W. Goudy Correspondence, Raak, Bently, 1930-1940

1 6

Frederic W. Goudy Deepdene Italic Type Designs, 1929

1 7

Frederic W. Goudy Letter Sketches, 1929-1941

1 8

Frederic W. Goudy Master Cuts and Templates, 1924-1944

1 9

Frederic W. Goudy Medieval Type Designs, 1942

1 10

Frederic W. Goudy Miscellaneous Proofs and Designs, 1927-1946

1 11

Frederic W. Goudy Miscellany, 1930-1937

1 12

Frederic W. Goudy News Clippings, 1966, undated

1 13

Frederic W. Goudy Proofs, undated

1 14

Frederic W. Goudy Rubbings, undated

1 15

Frederic W. Goudy Type Cut-Outs and Designs, 1943-1945

1 16

Frederic W. Goudy Type Design Sketches in India Ink, 1940-1944

1 17

Frederic W. Goudy Type Prospectus for Plain Letter Forms, 1920-1922

1 18

Frederic W. Goudy Unidentified Type Sketches, 1939

1 19

Harry B. Weis Ephemera, 1934-1935

1 20

Publication Proofs, 1972

1 21

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Photographs, 1929-1947

Box Folder

Deepdene, 1947

2 1

Goudy At Work, 1933, 1936

2 2

Goudy Exhibits, undated

2 3

Goudy with Others, undated

2 4

Goudy Portraits, 1929

2 5

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