Papers of Lucy Daviss

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a bound typescript 'special topic essay' (74pp) entitled 'The history of letter and type design', which was submitted to the University of Exeter in 1968. Illustrations are included.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lucy Vincent-Daviss was a student of English at the University of Exeter between 1965-1968. She graduated in 1968 with a second-class Honours degree.


The dissertation is arranged into the following chapters: 1. The origin of the western alphabet; 2. The Roman contribution to letter design; 3. The influences of national hands upon letter design; 4. The birth of type design; 5. Humanistic influence and the development of Roman type; 6. Italic type design; 7. The development of old face Roman type design 1495-1600; 8. The continuation of the development of old face Roman type design 1600-1740; 9. The gradual change from old face to modern type design; 10. Modern face type design; 11. The development of the old style type design in the nineteenth century; 12. Type design in the twentieth century; 13. Factors, apart from type design; influencing legibility; 14. Type face selection.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Other Finding Aids

Single item only.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 14 March 2005, and encoded into EAD 2 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Reserve Collection.

Related Material

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