2.65 linear ft. (6 boxes).
Organized in 5 series: 1. Work by Charles E. Skaggs; 2. Printed book jackets designed by Charles E. Skaggs; 3. William Addison Dwiggins material; 4. Calligraphers and designers; 5. Miscellaneous ephemera, including some correspondence, typography and paper ephemera and type specimens.
The collection contains original artwork for book jackets and lettering by Skaggs and others, notably William Addison Dwiggins. There is a group of printed book jackets designed by Skaggs. Also contains correspondence from numerous other calligraphers, artists and designers (Oswald Bruce Cooper and Raymond F. DaBoll), as well as printed ephemera by them.
Skaggs was born in 1917. In high school he apprenticed in an art studio, where he learned the fundamentals of printing processes. He went to Chicago and made his mark designing advertising art, packaging and posters. In Chicago he was introduced to the art of book design by Chicago bibliophiles, including Raymond DaBoll, who showed him the work of William Addison Dwiggins. He moved to New York City in 1945 and worked on books and jackets for the Limited Editions Club and for the publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Through Knopf, Skaggs worked closely with Dwiggins. He joined the faculty of the Cooper Union in 1953 and taught there for five years. In 1969 he returned to Kentucky and continued to work as a freelance designer for New York firms and for the University of Kentucky. Skaggs moved to Colorado in 1981 and later to Washington state.
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Finding aid available in the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room.