Rob Roy Kelly: A bottle of Scotch for two cases of wood type
The Rob Roy Kelly Wood Type Collection, held at the University of Texas at Austin, is a comprehensive collection of wood type, comprised of nearly 150 faces of various sizes and styles. Rob Roy Kelly (1925–2004) the noted design educator, collector, and historian began gathering the types in the late 1950s and continued adding to the collection through the mid-1960s. His decade-long research project culminated in the publication of American Wood Type, 1828–1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period, which remains today to the preeminent history of wood type.
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