TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Sol Malkoff

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1: Biographical, 1944-1970

Series 2: Writings, 1952-1992

Series 3: Teaching Materials, 1953-1988

Series 4: Correspondence, 1953-1986

Series 5: Design Work, 1945-1990

Series 6: Appendix - Research on phonetic alphabets, 1962-1985

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Inventory of the Sol Malkoff Papers, 1944-1992


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Lisa Janssen, 2005.

©2005.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Malkoff, Sol, 1918-2001
Title Sol Malkoff Papers
Dates 1944-1992
Extent 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract Correspondence, writings, teaching materials, original design work, and research notes by calligrapher and designer Sol Malkoff.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Wing Modern MS Malkoff
Collection Stack Location 3a 52 8

Administrative Information

Cite As

Sol Malkoff Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Mr. Malkoff, 1993-1995.

Processed by

Paul F. Gehl, 1997.

Access

The Sol Malkoff Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Sol Malkoff Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Sol Malkoff

Calligrapher and designer. Born in Chicago in 1918, Sol Malkoff worked as a linotype operator, then trained at the School of the Art Institute. He studied with the Newberry Library Calligraphy Study Group and worked for the Rand McNally & Co. before leaving Chicago in 1947. He made his subsequent career largely in Atlanta (as principal of Typography Shop) and in New York (at Gould Typographers). From 1952 to 1985 he published several articles on calligraphy, handwriting, and typography. After moving to Florida in 1979, he worked for various commercial printers and taught design and calligraphy in Florida and Georgia. He died on January 17, 2001.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence, writings, teaching materials, original design work, and calligraphic projects from Malkoff's Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Florida years. An appendix consists of correspondence and research notes about phonetic alphabets.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Bank, Arnold
  • Catich, Edward M.
  • DaBoll, Raymond F.
  • Forgue, Norman W.
  • Hayes, James, 1907-1994
  • Pitman, James, Sir, 1901-
  • Rand McNally and Company
  • Tommasini, A.R.
  • Typography Shop (Atlanta)
  • Warde, Beatrice, 1900-1969

Subjects

  • Calligraphers -- United States
  • Calligraphy
  • Design
  • Design Education -- Florida
  • Designers - Georgia - Atlanta
  • Lettering - History -- Sources
  • Phonetic spelling
  • Phototypesetting
  • Typesetting

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Container List

Series 1: Biographical, 1944-1970

Largely newspaper clippings and announcements from organizations in which Mr. Malkoff was active.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1-3 Notes and clippings
1 4 Photographs
1 5 Newberry Library Calligraphy Study Group, 1944-1947
1 6 Atlanta Club of Printing House Craftsmen, 1948-1969
1 7 International Typographic Union
1 8 International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, 1954 workshop
1 8a Typocrafters meeting, Atlanta, 1959
1 9 Printing Industry Association design Award
1 10 Photocomposition workshops
1 11 Typographers Association of New York

Series 2: Writings, 1952-1992

Clippings and tear sheets of Mr. Malkoff's articles.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 12 Type Clinic columns for The Inland Printer, 1952-1953
1 13 "Typography and Design Need a Lift," 1953
1 14 Atlanta Magazine printing industry issue, 1961
1 15 "The Poor American Handwriting," 1962
1 16 On Richard N. McArthur
1 17 "Transition of the Alphabet from Metal to Film," 1972
1 18 Phototypography report, 1972
1 19 "Initial Letters Today," 1982
1 20 "The Poor American Handwriting," 1984
1 21 "A Ludlow Anthology," 1986
1 22 "Justifying Ragged Right," 1986
1 23-24 Brief articles for The Typesetter, 1982-1992
1 25 "What is a Craftsman?" n.d.
1 26 "Typography and Lettering," n.d.

Series 3: Teaching Materials, 1953-1988

Syllabi, handouts, lecture notes and announcements for classes and workshops, some annotated by Mr. Malkoff.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 27 Atlanta Art Institute, 1953
1 28 New York University, 1972
1 29 Carmal Lodge, 1983
1 30 University of Georgia
1 31 Printing Industries of Florida, 1984
1 32 University of Central Florida, 1980s
1 33 Miscellaneous Teaching Materials, 1957-1975
1 34-35 Lectures and workshops, 1951-1988

Series 4: Correspondence, 1953-1986

A small number of letters pulled from Mr. Malkoff's files in 1993.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 36 Bank, Arnold, 1953
1 37 Bennett, Paul, 1962
1 38 Barchowsky, N. J., 1985
1 39 Catich, Edward, n.d.
1 40 Chirpe, Rodney, 1955
1 41-42 DaBoll, Raymond, 1948-1970
1 43 Dreyfus, John, 1984
1 44 Forgue, Norman
1 45 Frazier, J.L., 1950-1956
1 46 Hayes, James, 1954-1963
1 47 Kofron, Frank, 1962
1 48 Leslie, Robert, 1986
1 49 Lohf, Kenneth, 1971
1 50 Masín, Adolf, 1955
1 51 Middleton, R. Hunter, 1948
1 52 Reiner, Imre, 1951
1 53 Petty, Harvey, n.d.
1 54 Properci, Jules, 1986
1 55 Tommasini, Amadeo R. (Tommy), 1960-1975
1 56 Turzak, Charles, n.d.
1 57 Warde Beatrice, (see also Appendix), 1954-1957
1 58 Wroncker, Lili and Erich, 1985
1 59 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1955-1975

Series 5: Design Work, 1945-1990

Sketches, proofs, tear sheets, booklets and brochures, some with notes by Mr. Malkoff.
Arranged by employer or client.

Box Folder Contents
2 60-62 Rand McNally & Co., 1945-1947
2 63 Stein Craftsmen
2 64-65 Typography Shop (Atlanta)
2 66 Printing Industries of Atlanta, 1952
2 67 Atlanta Club of Printing House Craftsmen, 1950, 1954
2 68 J. W. Ford Co. (Atlanta)
2 69 University of Central Florida
2 70 Scribes of Central Florida
2 71 Graphic Arts Association (Orlando)
2 72 Printing Industries of Florida
2 73 Miscellaneous sketches

Series 6: Appendix - Research on phonetic alphabets, 1962-1985

Notes and correspondence relating to phonetically enlarged alphabets and type fonts.

Box Folder Contents
2 74 Correspondence with Sir James Pitman, 1962-1963
3 75 Correspondence with Beatrice Warde, 1960-1962
4 76-77 Monotype materials
2 78 Edward Rondthaler interview/letter, 1985, 1992
2 79 Bradbury Thompson/Alphabet 26
2 80 Types by Baer, Bridges, Bernhart
2 81 Other phonetic types
2 82 Miscellaneous notes

Related Material

Catalogs and advertising pieces designed by Malkoff in the employ of the Rand McNally Co. (1945-1947) may be found in the archive of the company at the Newberry. In 1999 the Malkoff family donated books and papers on typography to the University of Central Florida where they form the Sol & Sadie Malkoff Book Arts Collection, on which see http://library.ucf.edu.

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