Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC)

Fall Conference ~ October 6-7, 2017


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Printed Words & Images in America before 1900

A joint conference sponsored by the American Printing History Association (APHA) and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS)

At the American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, Massachusetts October 6-7, 2017
Proposals are due March 15, 2017

Call for Proposals

About the Conference Location

The American Antiquarian Society was founded in 1812 and is a both a learned society and a major independent research library. Located in the midst of a region dotted with sites related to printing and book history, the library houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States. Pre- and post-conference events will include opportunities to visit some of the noted printing history sites in the area.

About the Organizations

APHA is a membership organization founded in 1974 that encourages the study of the history of printing and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. The organization does this through a wide variety of programs and services: the annual conference and Lieberman Lecture series; the fellowship program; the scholarly journal Printing History; and annual individual and institutional awards that honor distinguished achievement in the field of printing history.

CHAViC was established at the AAS in 2005 and is dedicated to providing opportunities for educators to learn about American visual culture and resources, promoting the awareness of AAS collections, and stimulating research and intellectual inquiry into American visual materials. CHAViC accomplishes these goals by offering fellowships, exhibitions, workshops and seminars, conferences, resources, and improved access to AAS collections.


Sara T. Sauers, APHA VP for Programs,
Nan Wolverton, AAS Director, CHAViC,


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