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Sol Malkoff Papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Malkoff

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.


  • Creation: 1944-1992



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Correspondence, writings, teaching materials, original design work, and research notes by calligrapher and designer Sol Malkoff.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Biographical, 1944-1970
Box 1
Series 2: Writings, 1952-1992
Box 1
Series 3: Teaching Materials, 1953-1988
Box 1
Series 4: Correspondence, 1953-1986
Box 1
Series 5: Design Work, 1945-1990
Box 2
Series 6: Appendix - Research on phonetic alphabets, 1962-1985
Box 2

Collection Stack Location

4a 30 3-4


Gift of Mr. Malkoff, 1993-1995.

Related Archival Materials note

Catalogs and advertising pieces designed by Malkoff in the employ of the Rand McNally Co. (1945-1947) may be found in the Rand McNally and Company Records at the Newberry (Wing Modern MS Rand). 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

Processed by

Paul F. Gehl, 1997.

Inventory of the Sol Malkoff Papers, 1944-1992
Paul F. Gehl
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States