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Fine Print Periodicals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0077

Scope and Contents

In this collection are all published issues of Fine Print: The Review for the Arts of the Book including the final installment, The Complete Index to FINE PRINT. Publication was quarterly from 1975 until 1990. The collection is cataloged with the call number Z119 .F55 and in the CUNY catalog at https://


  • Publication: 1975 - 1990


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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Biographical / Historical

Fine Print: The Review for the Arts of the Book was a quarterly publication that covered subjects like letterpress printing, bookbinding, calligraphy, hand made paper, small presses, and artists' books both nationally and internationally. The Review started in 1975 as a newsletter, founded, edited, and published by Sandra Kirshenbaum and headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The goal, as stated in Volume 1, Number 1, was to reach the "significant numbers of people in America interested in creating fine books and related forms as an artistic expression." These people included booksellers, artists, librarians, and collectors.

Each issue has a unique cover "which served to enhance the periodical’s attraction, to provide a forum for guest designers and printers, and to serve as an example of a journal devoted to the arts of the book. With the October 1979 issue, separate covers were introduced, each designed by a different person who might be a calligrapher, a printer, a type designer, or a practitioner of such other crafts" (Raben D. Harlan, Parenthesis). Other sections included in most issues: letters to the editor, reviews (of catalogues, monographs, materials, books, exhibitions), in-depth features, calendar of events, and classifieds. Some issues have a further insert titled Fine Print 2 advertising more classifieds, events, notices, classes, and workshops. These inserts are noted in the record of the issues in which they appear in this finding aid.

The founder, Sandra Kirshenbaum, was the editor and publisher of Fine Print in addition to writing many of the features in the magazine. She was also a lecturer, scholar, and advocate to the book arts community.

The papers and oral history transcripts relating to Fine Print are held by The Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley.


1.25 Linear Feet

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Fine Print: The Review for the Arts of the Book was published from 1975 until 1990. This is a complete set of all issues, including stand-alone index.


Arrangement of this collection is chronological. All Fine Print 2 inserts are stored with their originating issues.

Related Materials

The administration, origination, press, and production records of Fine Print are documented in the Fine Print Records, circa 1950-1992 (bulk 1974-1990), housed at the Bancroft Library of University of California, Berkeley.


Fine Print Periodical Collection
Caitlin Colban-Waldron
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us