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ITCA/TIA papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-ITCA

Scope and Content of the Collection

Business records (chiefly minutes of meetings and financial records from 1951 to 1996) and newsletters of the association published in its later years. There is also a set of proceedings of a 1938 national meeting and files concerning a 1980 complaint against the Compugraphic Corporation.


  • Creation: 1938-1996
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1951-1996



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The ITCA/TIA papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The ITCA/TIA 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

History of the ITCA/TIA

Printing and typesetting trade organization.

This trade organization was founded as the International Trade Composition Association in 1920 as an affiliate of the United Typothetae of America (an employing printers association), to represent the interests of typesetters and typesetting companies within the printing industry in the U.S. and Canada. In 1941 the organization was renamed the International Typographic Composition Association, and in 1980 it took the name Typographers International Association. Until 1996, it retained the ITCA acronym alongside its more recent TIA identity. Thereafter some members reorganized as the Graphic Arts Professional Association. These changes of name reflect the varying patterns of work within the printing industry as it moved from metal to film to digital composition and eventually to the disestablishment of most independent typesetting houses. A brief association history was published in 1995 as The TIA 75th Anniversary Commemorative.


5.4 Linear Feet (11 boxes)


Business records and newsletters of the International Trade Composition Association, founded in 1920.


The papers are arranged by type of record.

Collection Stack Location

4a 30 4


Gift, Graphic Arts Professional Association, 2007.

Separated Materials

A run of the association’s magazine, The Trade Compositor (1924-1947), was removed and cataloged separately. Call number: Wing folio Z119.T75.

Processed by

Adrian Alexander and Paul F. Gehl, August 2009.

Inventory of the ITCA/TIA papers,1938-1996, bulk 1951-1996
Adrian Alexander and 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