Materials relating to Leonard Jay and his career at the Birmingham School of Printing. Including his apprenticeship indenture; City and Guilds certificate; testimonials and tributes; and substantial correspondence, 1950-1963 between Jay and Arnold Yates an amateur printer and friend of Jay. Papers, 1916-1940, relating to the internationally famous London printer George W. Jones (1860-1942), for many years editor and proprietor of The Printing World , and a great influence on Jay. A more recent deposit includes twenty-nine specimens of original artwork used at the Birmingham School.
Although they cover only the final years of Jay's working life, the letters to Yates are important for the light which they shed on the philosophy behind his craftsmanship. Jay believed that good printing did not have to be set by hand, and that, given first rate technique, machine produced work could be of as high a quality as hand set books.