|A.B. Taylor & Company No. 2 Iron Hand Press|
When the press first arrived in the library in the early 1960s, it was in pieces and was missing a necessary toggle joint required for operation. Prior to the Internet Age, finding the missing parts or even a press of the same type to serve as a model for creating new parts was a tedious and time-consuming task. Charles Adams, the library director at the time of the arrival of the press, began writing letters with the goal of finding parts for the press. After a decade of letter writing, Adams turned over the search to Stan Hicks, the assistant library director at the time.
|Charles Adams, Library Director at the time|
the press was given to Jackson Library
|Drawing of the missing toggle joint based on a press |
found in Mechanicsburg, PA in the early 1970s
|Stan Hicks takes over the task of writing |
letters to find the missing parts
Spring Garden Press has been the imprint of the library’s A.B. Taylor Company No. 2 Iron Hand Press housed in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) since becoming operational in the 1970s. The name was inspired by Spring Garden Street that runs through campus and serves as the university’s address.
|View of Spring Garden Street in 2000|
Throughout the 1970s to the early 2000s, members of the library staff letterpress printed commemorative broadsides, bookplates, and conducted many demonstrations of the press for UNCG faculty and students. Classes learned firsthand about printing history, including how type is set, how a form is inked for printing, and how the 19th century press transferred ink to paper.
|Left: Emilie Mills, Special Collections Librarian, 1975 |
Right: The first item printed under the imprint Spring Garden Press
|SCUA staff training with Sarah Smith in November 2018|
|Keepsake coaster printed during the Revitalization of |
Spring Garden Press event in November 2018