Society of Letter Founders: Minute book

Scope and Content

A minute book recording the activities of the society. The volume sheds light on the relationship between the type-founding firms and their attitude towards the technical innovations effecting their trade. There are three accompanying letters to Albert Ehrman regarding the collection, from Stanley Morison, The Times, 2 April 1952, and from A.E. Musson, Economic History Department, Manchester University, 16 February 1954 and 6 July 1954.

Administrative / Biographical History

The London Society of Master Letter Founders was a trade association formed by the Caslon family and other City type-founders. The society engaged in negotations with Scottish type-founders to prevent the underselling of the London houses, and tried to withstand the efforts of master-printers to keep down the type-founders' prices.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by John Ehrman through the Friends of the National Libraries, 1978.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The front cover of the volume is detached.

Custodial History

A note by A.E. Musson at the front of the book records that the volume was formerly in the possession of a descendant of the Figgins family.