Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Series 1
Cummington Press records, 1939-1980
Boxes 1-36, 42; OP1-OP2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the records of the Cummington Press from 1939-1997. Records include subject files, business correspondence, manuscripts, administrative and financial records, printed material and photographs. The subject files are likely the first set of files maintained by the Press, covering the years 1939-1980, and include correspondence and other material pertaining to the business of running the press and the Cummington School of the Arts. The next subseries, the business correspondence, consists of a separate set of files Duncan kept, maintained from 1939 through 1997, that also contains correspondence relating to the business of operating the Press. Correspondents include authors, book-binders, paper suppliers, illustrators, customers, librarians, publishers, bookstore owners, and other printers.

The manuscripts subseries contains files relating to works published by the Cummington Press or accepted for publication but never completed, general manuscript submissions and illustration submissions. The administrative and financial records (1940-1997) include annual reports, accounting and banking records, financial correspondence, invoices, sales records, and tax records. Printed material consists of printing samples, invitations, prospectus, and other material produced by both the Cummington Press and other small presses, such as the Perishable Press. The photographs include images of Harry Duncan and the Cummington Press from the 1940s-1990s, such as individual portraits and snapshots of Duncan and images of Duncan with Paul Williams and other members of the printing press community.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six subseries: (1.1) Subject files, (1.2) Business correspondence, (1.3) Manuscripts, (1.4) Administrative and financial records, (1.5) Printed material, and (1.6) Photographs.

Description of Subseries