Department of Art and Art History Special Programs

Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection

An active student study collection, the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection is a comprehensive accumulation of wood type manufactured and used for printing in America during the nineteenth century. This collection was amassed by Kelly, a noted design educator and historian, as the center piece of his seminal text American Wood Type, 1828–1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1969.) This type represents a fundamental part of American heritage, the building blocks that were used to define American visual culture during the 19th century.