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Cuneo Studio Materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS55

Scope and Contents

The Cuneo Studio archival collection is comprised of four boxes and spans the years 1751-2014. The collection was donated to Northwestern University Library in 1977, after the closure of the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio. The records were generated by the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio, which was established in 1926 by the Cuneo Press, Inc. The archival material in this collection primarily consists of Cuneo Studio correspondence between 1926 and 1959, photographs, articles, brochures, advertisements, a binders’ hand tool catalogue, and a work order register for Cuneo Studio clients between 1970 and 1976.

The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections also acquired a great number of binding and printing artifacts. Among these artifacts are hand moulds, wood and iron nipping presses, fine paper and parchment, and a working replica of the Gutenberg printing press used by the Cuneo History of Printing exhibit at 1940 New York World’s Fair. A survey of this portion of the Cuneo gift can be found in box 4 of the MS 55. Some of the items indexed in the gift survey include 914 bookbinding finishing tools, 62 job cases, 52 die cut punches and 70 books.

Dates

  • 1751-2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1977

Creator

Extent

4.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Cuneo Press, Inc. was started in 1907 by John Frank Cuneo (1884-1977) and quickly became Chicago's second largest printing firm. The Cuneo Studio archival collection is comprised of four boxes and spans the years 1751-2014. The collection was donated to Northwestern University Library in 1977, after the closure of the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio. The records were generated by the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio, which was established in 1926 by the Cuneo Press, Inc.

Method of Acquisition

All materials in the Cuneo Studio Materials Collection were donated in 1977, after the after the closure of the Cuneo Fine Binding Studio.

Separated Materials

Box 4 shelved in Oversize.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing was completed by Northwestern University Library staff in 1978, revised by Sigrid Pohl Perry in April 1997, encoded version and gift survey completed by Nora Epstein in August 2014.
Title
Guide to the Cuneo Studio Materials
Author
Nora Epstein
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
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