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Garrett A. Boge papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Boge

Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence, artwork, and other professional files of designer and lettering artist Garrett A. Boge covering all facets of his career and documenting in depth his many type and other designs.

For the types there are drawings, specifications, printed specimens, and digital versions on 260 3.5 inch disks (not currently accessible). The collection also contains original calligraphy, student work, personal correspondence, and photographs.

The collection is arranged in eleven series, plus appendixes. Series 1-6 follow the order of Boge’s office and home files. Series 7-11 were created during processing; appendixes to five series were added in 2015.


  • Creation: 1971-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1982 - 2009



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Garrett A. Boge papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Garrett A. Boge 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 at

Biography of Garrett A. Boge

Kansas City, Seattle, and Rome lettering artist and type designer.

Garrett A. Boge (January 18, 1951 - ) is a lettering artist and designer who practiced under the professional identities of Garrett Boge Design (1976-1979), Image & Idea, Inc. (1982-1989), and LetterPerfect Design (intermittently from 1988 to 2008). From 1979 to 1982, he worked for Hallmark Greeting Cards, Inc. designing print products and typefaces. He was employed as typographic consultant to Microsoft Corporation in 1990 and 1991, where he worked on core fonts for Microsoft Windows 3.1. From 1992 to 1995 he was director of typography for the software company ElseWare Corporation. Between 1996 and 2001 he spent a large part of each year in residence in Rome, for some of that time as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. During that time he researched inscriptional letter forms, made numerous rubbings, and created a number of display fonts based on Roman inscriptions. In all, he is credited with over sixty original type designs. From 1997 to 2000 he led (with New York designer Paul Shaw) a series of tours of Italy for those interested in letter forms. He retired in 2008.


31 Linear Feet (41 boxes and 7 oversize boxes)


Correspondence, original art, printed works, biographical information by and about Garrett A. Boge, lettering artist and type designer based in Kansas City, Seattle, and Rome, Italy.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Lettering and Design, 1983-2012
Boxes 1-2
Series 2: Hallmark type work, 1986-1991
Boxes 2-5
Series 3: LetterPerfect Design, Custom Fonts, 1991-2005
Boxes 5-8
Series 4: LetterPerfect Type Library, 1988-2005
Boxes 8-17
Series 5: LetterPerfect Design, Other, 1988-2007
Boxes 18-22; 45-46
Series 6: Legacy of Letters Tours, 1997-2000
Boxes 22-26
Series 7: Rome Residency, 1996-2002
Boxes 26-29; 46
Series 8: Miscellaneous and biographical materials, 1972-2013
Boxes 29-32; 46
Series 9 Oversize Materials, 1971-2001
Boxes 32-40; 47
Series 10: DVDs and Photographs, 1979-2003
Box 41, 48
Series 11: Digital Font Files, 1985-1997
Boxes 42-44

Collection Stack Location

3a 59 7-8


Gift of Garrett Boge, 2014-2015.

Processed by

Robert Williams and Garrett A. Boge, 2014- 2015.


Inventory of the Garrett A. Boge papers, 1971-2013, bulk 1982-2009
Robert Williams
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States