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Cummington Press


Cummington Press was a small letterpress owned and operated by Harry Duncan, typically producing print runs of fewer than 500.

"Harry Duncan began printing at the Cummington School of the Arts in Cummington, Massachusetts in 1939. Using a hand press, he published books of contemporary poetry under The Cummington Press imprint first in Massachusetts, then in Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.

"From 1956 until 1972, Mr. Duncan directed the typographic laboratory and taught typography, book design and production full-time at the School of Journalism of the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

"In 1972 he came to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where his full-time position was half teaching and half printing. He founded Abattoir Editions here, publishing three or four titles a year. Following his retirement from teaching in 1985, he resumed printing under The Cummington Press imprint from his shop on the university campus in Omaha."


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Mary L. Richmond Cummington Press Collection

Identifier: MSS-0005
Scope and Contents The Mary L. Richmond Cummington Press Collection covers the fine arts presswork of Harry Duncan (1916-1997) under the Cummington Press imprint, as well as examples of Duncan's work while at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, under the Abattoir Editions imprint. The collection includes books, galley proofs, prints, drawings, engraved copper plates, carved wood blocks, cards, playbills, and other materials created by diverse authors and artists and printed by Harry Duncan. These materials...