Letterform Archive is a nonprofit library and museum dedicated to inspiration and education in the letter arts. Opened to the public in February 2015, the Archive offers visitors hands-on access to its curated collection of 30,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design spanning 2,000 years of history.
Rob has been collecting for decades and the mixed media archive is an important record of our calligraphy, writing, type and print history. Together, these works chronicle the diversity of the letter arts, from the invention of writing, through medieval manuscripts and the age of print, to the present explosion of digital type.
In addition to their ongoing collaboration with Cooper-Hewitt to deliver Cooper Type West talks and workshops. The Archive also curates exhibitions of its holdings, organizes lectures by visiting artists & designers, and hosts brunches, dinners, & receptions to showcase new acquisitions. Importantly they also serve a global community through social media, print publications and a state-of-the-art high resolution photographic gallery. (Digital assets are not scanned; but rather photographed in excellent lighting so those of us not able to visit San Fransisco to view the collection can appreciate the nuances of the textural detail in each piece.
Since opening, the Archive has welcomed over 1,400 visitors from 27 countries. In 2016 this included free visits for: 379 students, 102 researchers and 328 designers & type enthusiasts. The archive is currently encouraging financial support (of any amount) from community in order to keeps visits for students and nonprofits free of charge.