Much can be learned about the history and process of printing by examining matrices, including copper plates, woodblocks, and lithographic stones. AAS has a representative collection of printing matrices dating from the late eighteenth century through the 1950s. This collection includes stereotyped plates for printing a primer, engraved copper plates from an edition of Robinson Crusoe, a woodblock illustrating Antiquarian Hall, and a printer's set-up for a newspaper masthead. In addition, several artists collections include matrices.


The following inventories list individual printing plates and blocks in the collection.

AAS Related Matrices

Miscellaneous Matrices

Lyman Stowe Collection of Matrices

Sidney L. Smith Collection of Matrices

Matrices for the AAS Proceedings

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