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APHA meeting in Austin

APHA meeting in Austin, Texas

Some concern has been voiced about the high cost of lodging for this
conference.  This is due to a competing semiconductor conference which is
forcing up the rates in town that weekend for blocks of rooms (the price we
pay for living in a high-tech boomtown).  However,  additional and more
reasonably priced hotel rooms within a short cab ride of campus are indeed
available, though a couple of calls may be required.  If you are interested
in receiving an e-mail with a supplementary listing of nearby
accommodations, please contact jeannep@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rich Oram

22nd Annual Conference of the American Printing History Association

Twentieth-Century American Book Designers
Austin, Texas
October 17-19, 1997

The conference will take place at the Ransom Center's Alfred A. and Blanche
Knopf Room in the University's Flawn Academic Center.  In the adjacent
Leeds Gallery, the Center has mounted an exhibition entitled Modern
American Book Arts at the Ransom Center. A large portion of the show is
devoted to the book designs of Bruce Rogers, W.A. Dwiggins, Merle Armitage,
and Carl Hertzog and incorporates material from the archives of Knopf Inc.
and the Limited Editions Club.  Conference lectures, lunches, receptions,
and bus transportation are included in the registration fee, and for an
additional fee participants may take a bus trip to San Antonio.  Generous
support of the program and events has been provided by the Harry Ransom
Humanities Research Center, the State Library of Texas, Oak Knoll Books,
Digital Letterpress, and BookLab, Inc.


A block of rooms has been reserved for the APHA conference weekend at the
Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 303 W. 15th St., four blocks from the
University of Texas campus. When calling the hotel at (512) 478-7000,
please mention the UT Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in order to
receive the special conference rate ($125 single or double occupancy).

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 17

3 p.m.
Lecture by Kenneth E. Carpenter, Assistant Director for Research Resources,
Harvard University Library, at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center:
Readers & Libraries: Toward a History of Libraries and Culture in America,
sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science,

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Tours of the Ransom Center's J.H. Wrenn Room, Pforzheimer Library, and an
exhibition ("A Writer Who Helped Form Us": California Fine Printers and the
Work of Robinson Jeffers).

5:30-7:30 p.m.
OPENING Reception at the Leeds Gallery, 4th floor Flawn Academic Center.
Sponsored by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

Saturday, October 18

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Coffee/registration, Leeds Gallery, 4th floor Flawn Academic Center.

9:30-9:45 a.m.
Welcome by Thomas F. Staley, Director, Harry Ransom Humanities Research
Center and Centennial Professor of the Book.

9:45-10:00 a.m.
Greeting by Martin Hutner, President, American Printing History Association.

10:00-10:45 a.m.
"A Printer's Publisher": Alfred A. Knopf and the Book Designers
Richard W. Oram, Librarian, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.


11:00-11:45 a.m.
John B. Thomas III, Chief Rare Books Cataloguer; Curator, Pforzheimer
Library of English Literature, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch in the Atrium, Leeds Gallery

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Merle Armitage and the Modern Book
Dick Higgins, poet, critic, and biographer of Merle Armitage, Barrytown,
New York.

2:15-2:45 p.m.
Will Goodwin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

2:45-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4:00 p.m.
On the Trail of Texas Book Collectors-A Lone Star Roundup
David Farmer, Director, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

4:15 p.m.
Buses depart from Flawn Academic Center, stopping first at BookLab, Inc.,
one of the world's largest private book and paper conservation
laboratories; following the reception at BookLab, the buses will next stop
at Digital Letterpress, currently engaged in printing a new edition of the
Bible with illustrations by Barry Moser.

7:30 p.m.
Buses return to Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel

Sunday, October 19

10 a.m.
Buses depart from Doubletree Hotel for San Antonio, stopping at the MCNAY
ART MUSEUM (post-Impressionist paintings, medieval art, theater history
collections) and the downtown ALAMO/RIVERWALK area. Those stopping at the
McNay Art Museum will want to take taxis to downtown afterward. For further
information on San Antonio attractions, call the San Antonio Convention and
Visitors Bureau at (800) 447-3372 or visit the Web site at

7 p.m.
Bus returns to Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel from San Antonio


Please photocopy this form and send a separate one for each registrant.




State           Zip

Telephone (   )

Institutional Affiliation

Please check the appropriate boxes for registration and the optional tour
to San Antonio, and enclose your payment for the appropriate amount.  The
optional tour includes round-trip transportation.

[ ] $50 for APHA member

[ ] $60 for non-member

[ ] $25 for tour to San Antonio

Registration is non-refundable if received after September 17.


If you are not already a member of APHA, you can join now. Just check the
appropriate box below and enclose a separate check for your membership
dues. New members joining at this time will receive APHA's publications for
both 1997 and 1998, as well as the member's discount for conference

Dues Enclosed:

[ ] Individual membership                       $40/year
[ ] Institutional membership                    $50/year
[ ] Contributing membership                     $75/year
[ ] Student membership                          $15/year
[ ] Foreign individual membership               $45/year
[ ] Foreign institutional membership    $55/year

Chapter dues enclosed:

[ ] New England                                 $10/year
[ ] New York                                            $15/year
[ ] Philadelphia                                        $10/year
[ ] Chesapeake                                          $10/year
[ ] Southeastern                                        $10/year
[ ] Southern California                         $15/year
[ ] Northern California                         $10/year

Foreign members please remit through U.S. banks or by International Money
Order in U.S. dollars.

Please send this form and your check(s) or money order(s) payable to APHA to:

P. O. Box 4922
Grand Central Station
New York, N.Y. 10163-4922

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