Muster Hundreds! Towards a People's History of American Wood Type

The 40th Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Lecture by printing historian David Shields
David Shields
Oct. 21, 2015
5:30 pm
Hostetter Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall

The Wells College Book Arts Center presents "Muster hundreds! Towards a people's history of American wood type," the 40th Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Lecture by printing historian David Shields. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2015, in Stratton 209. This event is free, and all are welcome.

David Shields is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Previously David was an Associate Professor of Design at The University of Texas at Austin where he served as the Head of the Design Program and as the Design Custodian for the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. David's work has been published in Rethinking Design, AIGA Fifty Books of the Year, Behind the Seen: Studio Dumbar, and has appeared in periodicals including Eye, Emigre, and Print Magazine. His work is also included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Museum of Modern Art. David is currently focusing his research on 19th century typographic form and visual culture arising from investigations of Rob Roy Kelly's American Wood Type Collection. He keeps a slow blog of his research at Wood Type Research. Shields holds a BFA from Memphis State University and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

This lecture is the 40th in a series named for Susan Garretson Swartzburg. Working closely with Wells faculty and staff, Swartzburg helped to organize the press, bindery and other components that became Wells' Book Arts Center. She served on the Book Arts Board and established a biannual book arts lecture series in memory of her father, developing contacts, raising funds, organizing events and finding speakers. For more information, email

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