• The R.S. Fisch-Robert L. Leslie Graphic Arts Collection of books and journals on photography and photographic processes. The 200-plus books in the collection were published between 1855 and 1999 and include several very rare editions. Notable books are Photographic Chemistry by Thomas Frederick Hardwich, published in 1864, and Photographic Mosaics by Edward Livingston Wilson and Mathew Carey Lea, published in 1866. Fisch worked for 35 years as a corporate scientist in the Printing and Publishing Systems Division of 3M Co. and holds 37 U.S. patents on color photography, photo resist imaging, non-silver imaging, color proofing, silver recovery, and substrate addendum.
• The Lee Augustine Collection with more than 500 rare volumes on the history of printing, including The Printers Manual dated 1817, believed to be the first printing manual published in the United States.
• The William Stevens Collection, named after a former GATF research committee chairman, contains more than 50 graphic arts books, clippings and advertisements dating from the early 1900s.
• The Printing Industries of America Collection of early PIA books, reports and early board meeting minutes.
• The Al Materazzi Collection includes early Research Department reports from the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and its predecessor, the Lithographic Technical Foundation. Materazzi was deeply involved in environmental issues and compliance work and was involved in preparing data and documentation related to lithographic platemaking.
• The Seybold Collection of all published Seybold Reports, including reports and books.
“The agreement to transfer the monumental Edward H. Wadewitz Library to Cal Poly concludes months of negotiations,” Levenson said. “The Wadewitz Library will be a major resource for students, professors and members of industry from North America and around the world who visit Cal Poly.” Physical transfer of the E.H. Wadewitz collection will commence once financial commitments are confirmed.
Cal Poly’s University Librarian Anna Gold notes that the Wadewitz collection will bring new depth and breadth to existing library strengths in the technology and history of the printing industry. “In this digital age, there’s renewed interest in print processes,” Gold said. “We are delighted to imagine Cal Poly as the future home of a collection that means so much to industry leaders.”
Dee Gentile, Printing Industries of America managing editor and information officer, played a key role in transferring the library holdings. She discovered the Wadewitz Library on her first visit to the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation in 1974.
“I have spent many days in the library conducting research and learning about the print and graphic communication industry,” Gentile said. “There is still much to be learned from these historical holdings. Cal Poly will be a great place for students and others to delve into the depth of the holdings and rich history of the industry.”
Well-known industry leader Raymond J. Prince, also instrumental in bringing the resource to Cal Poly, said, “The Printing Industries of America donation and the holdings of the Graphic Communication Department’s Resource Room will make this the largest graphic communication library in the world. During my days at GATF, I found inspiration in the writings of hundreds of writers.”
The Resource Room contains many rare publications, including a complete set of American Printer magazines dating from 1883 and a complete set of Graphic Arts Monthly from its beginnings in 1929.
Moving the Wadewitz Library to Cal Poly continues a partnership between Cal Poly and Printing Industries of America to keep the history of printing and related processes in the forefront of industry leaders.
Printing Industries of America President and CEO Michel Makin said he welcomes the opportunity to partner with the university. “Cal Poly has the resources and knowledgeable staff to manage this amazing collection. The students and staff will have at their fingertips a wealth of information and be able to attain a great appreciation of our industry.”