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The American Printer Archives Donated to Cal Poly's Shakespeare Press Museum

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM

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RECOGNIZING CAL POLY’S SHAKESPEARE PRESS MUSEUM AS A VALUABLE RESEARCH REPOSITORY FOR PRINT INDUSTRY, Andy and Julie Plata have donated their American Printer Archives to the Museum. The leather-bound archives include over 100 years of history, with nearly every issue of the magazine from 1883 until 2010.

The Platas, the owners of the OutputLinks Communications Group, acquired American Printer in 2011.

“We felt that Cal Poly, with one of world’s leading graphic communica­tion programs, would be the perfect home for this valuable historical record of the printing industry,” said Julie and Andy.

The archives will be housed in the new Raymond J. Prince Shakespeare Press Museum Resource Room. The Resource Room, named in honor of one of the industry’s leading authori­ties, will provide access to students and the public interested in the past and future direction of print-based communications.


SERVING THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1883...For 130 years, American Printer (nee Inland Printer) has been the magazine of record for the printing industry. It has reported on the technologies, personalities, and realities of all things print-related since 1883. It documented good times and bad, and all those times in between. It is appropriate that its archive of back issues is now accessible to new generations of future printers. They will all benefit by being able to research the evolution of printing methods, as well as the evolution of the print­ing industry itself. The magazine was born in the days of hot metal typesetting and letterpress printing but was instrumental in documenting the rise of offset lithography, computer typesetting, flexo and gravure, as well as digital printing.


Cal Poly’s Shakespeare Press Museum has opened a graphic arts refer­ence room named in honor of Ray Prince, President of the Greensheet­BIZ division of OutputLinks. Ray is one of the leading print industry experts. Ray, a true friend to the graphic arts industry, has always championed educational causes. In January 2013, the OutputLinks fam­ily will be joining Ray and other print industry dignitaries at Cal Poly for a special ceremony to mark the opening of the Raymond J. Prince Shakespeare Press Museum Resource Room.

“There are a number of good graphic communication resources available in other parts of the country, but none on the West Coast,” says Ray Prince. Cal Poly’s Levenson says, “I told Ray Cal Poly is committed to preserving the rich tradition of the printing industry. Our Friends of Shakespeare Press Museum is one of only two working printing muse­ums west of the Rocky Mountains.” With Prince’s invitation for contributions from his industry friends, Cal Poly is becoming a repository for the printing industry’s historical books, magazines, journals, papers and related documents.