The quarterly AHPCS News Letter provides information about events and meetings, exhibitions, articles, interviews, and other matters of interest to collectors. Content on prints of the American scene that are 100 or more years old will be considered. News items are always desirable, as are articles about engravers and lithographers, shops, unusual printmaking equipment, comments on personal or museum collections, exhibits, and publications.

Upcoming Newsletter – Fall 2019 (Volume 44 Number 2)

Please note the content deadline for this issue is October 10, 2019. The print issue of the newsletter will be delivered to members in November 2019.

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Newsletter Archive

Volume 44

Summer 2019 (Number 1)

Content: This 8-page issue contains two featured articles: “I am Done Collecting—Now What?” by Leah C. Tharpe and “Letter concerning the first American lithograph uncovered” by Philip Weimerskirch about a letter by Thomas Cooper regarding an Otis Bass lithograph published in the July 1819 issue of Analectic Magazine. Also included are a recap and photographs of the annual meeting in Providence; notices of upcoming exhibitions at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, OH, and the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA; calls for papers for the upcoming annual meeting and for Shadwell Conservation grant proposals; save-the-dates for the Fall 2019 AHPCS regional meetings at the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, the Winterthur Museum, and the New-York Historical Society and the 2020 annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky; a notice that Diann Benti is the new AHPCS website editor; and a Newman book award announcement. Click here to view 44:1 as a PDF

Volume 43

Spring 2019 (Number 4)

Content: This 4-page issue includes a feature called “Using Historic Prints as a Balm: institutions respond to the Notre Dame Fire,” which briefly examines Instagram posts from 10 AHPCS member institutions. Also included is a recap of a regional meeting at the Autry Museum, a recap of the King Library and William McGuffey Museum at Miami University, another call for proposals for the Shadwell Conservation grant, Regional Meetings Save-the-Dates, New Book of Note to Members (American Eagle by Preston Cook), New Resource of Note (Fitz Henry Lane Online) and position announcement for website editor. Click here to view 43:4 as a PDF


Winter 2019 (Number 3)

Content: This 8-page issue includes a notice about proposed changes to the by-laws, the program and registration form for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Providence, an interview with the most current AHPCS fellow, a message from our president, Nancy Finlay, a recap of the Cincinnati regional meeting, announcement of Shadwell conservation grant deadline, upcoming regional meeting in Miami, new resources of note to members, article “A Perplexing Etching Plate by Peter Moran” by David Wright, notice for position of AHPCS website editor. Click here to view 43:3 as a PDF


Fall 2018 (Number 2)

Content: This 8-page issue included features on a web resource on historical printing presses; recap on September 28th regional meeting in Philadelphia; save the date for annual meeting in Providence; additional notice on the Fanny Palmer text published by Syracuse UP, an article by Jim Brust “Fanny Palmer at the Battle of the Rosebud” – the issue is also a report with visual statistics generated and compiled by Jourdan Houston based on her spring member survey. Click here to view 43:2 as a PDF


Summer 2018 (Number 1)

Content: This 12-page issue featured Sacramento and Yosemite annual meeting recaps with photographs of the various sights and events submitted by members; a Save the Date notice for the 2019 annual meeting; “William Birch, Ingenious Artist” by Sarah Weatherwax; notice on the Birch Symposium; Newman award announcement; new book notice on Fanny Palmer; “Currier and Ives in Press Photographs, Part III” by Jim Brust; “Through North America with a Zograscope” by Allen Bernard; Notice of upcoming November regional meeting; Prints Charming image and caption; “Regional Meeting at the Getty” with photographs submitted by Jim Brust; new book notices; upcoming Exhibition at the Newberry Library on the World’s Fair; Great Moments in AHPCS History with photograph and text; announcement of new chairs. Click here to view 43:1 as a PDF


Volume 42

Spring 2018 (Number 4)

Content: A piece on the Annual Meeting (call for photographs, especially true to board members as well!); Nominating Committee Report; prompt to return outstanding member surveys to AHPCS headquarters (to be forwarded to Jourdan); historic print exhibitions at Springfield Museums notice; Ontario Seed Catalog contribution from Philip Weimerskirch as well as HathiTrust piece from Mike McCue (both seemed seasonally appropriate); pre-order notice of the Fanny Palmer text from Syracuse University Press with discount code; conservation grant notice of September 30, 2018 deadline (with Roger’s contact information); “A Happy Ending for a Print Collection” by Rona Schneider with photographs; “The Joy of Regional Meetings” by Nancy Finlay; Progress note on potential AHPCS website; “The Lost Companion” by James S. Brust; upcoming exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Click here to view 42:4 as a PDF


Winter 2018 (Number 3)

Content: Information on 2018 Annual Meeting in Sacramento (with registration form); additional insert in the form of a “Member survey” with SASE envelope; note: this issue of the News Letter was not a self-mailer as it had both a returnable survey as well as the annual meeting registration form. It was decided that in order to keep all the pieces together, having a once-a-year exterior envelope would be efficient. In addition to the annual meeting cover with Jim Brust’s photographs, there was also a single page devoted to the pre-trip to Manzanar. There were three beautifully written In Memoriam pieces – one for George Fox, one for Marshall Berkoff, and one for Jack Clarke. Thank you so much to those who contributed. There was regional meeting coverage of the meeting at Cape Ann (FH Lane show) and the McLoughlin Brothers show at the Grolier Club in New York City. Shadwell Committee news consisted of news of an award to the Ashland Museum and a call for more proposals for conservation. There was also regional Meeting announcements for Princeton and Yale in the early Spring. Notice from Mike McCue about an information regional meeting he held with talk; illustrated piece by David Wright, “A.O. Moore’s Portraits of the Maidu Indians of California, 1861”; note about Fanny Palmer text. Click here to view 42:3 as a PDF

Fall 2017 (Number 2)

Content: A special note on conferences: “William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture” Library Company of Philadelphia and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) with the American Printing History Association (APHA) offered a joint conference on October 6-7, 2017 “Good, Fast, Cheap: Printed Words & Images in America before 1900” (stress on the continued work of promoting historic prints by institutional members); Exhibition catalog mention for Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane (ed. Barnhill); annual meeting pre-trip to Manzanar; title of note to members: John Baskerville; art and industry in the Enlightenment (Liverpool University Press, October 2017); 2018 Sacramento annual meeting announcement; Manuscript Society Visit to International Print Museum in Carson, Dec. 2, 2017; Marshall Berkhoff passing; David Wright article “Two 1884 Mary Nimmo Moran Etchings as Gifts to her students”; piece Chris Lane “Middleton Copycat Prints” with images; coverage of recent AHPCS regional meeting in Lewisburg, West Virginia, December 9, 2017, note about Lauren Hewes leading tour of exhibition of McLoughlin Bros. at Grolier Club; meeting on March 16, 2018 – Julie Melby will host a meeting at Princeton University; recap of East Long Island regional meeting and associated photos; Brust piece “great moments in AHPCS History with photo”; AHPCS fellow interview with Michael Rife; California Regional Meeting recap at the Huntington Library; a new publication by Mark D. Tomasco, Images of Value: The Artwork Behind US Security Engravings, 1830s-1980s; new book of note by Schmidt, Suzanne Karr and Edward H. Wouk, eds. Prints in Translation, 1450-1750: Image, Materiality, Space. New York: Routledge, 2017. Click here to view 42:2 as a PDF

Summer 2017 (Number 1)

Content: Regional Meeting announcement for November Cape Ann Historical Meeting to coincide with Drawn from Nature (curated by Gigi Barnhill); database Ex-Machina featured; Regional Meeting announcement at the Huntington in July; feature “Kickapoo Catlin” by James S. Brust using vibrant cards to illustrate; Ann Arbor Annual Meeting brief and thank you to organizers (as well as photo collage in center); notice about upcoming annual meeting 2018 in Sacramento and Yosemite National Park (on page one with jump); Regional Meeting announcement at the Greenbrier Historical Society; notice for additional regional meeting planners; new design note; board of directors updated; “Further Adventures of an Audubon-phile” by Charles Walker; regional meeting notice for Eastern Long Island on August 27; blog post announcement from Free Library of Philadelphia; Houghton Library at 75 (events/publication); Portland Art Museum exhibition notice; New book on Harold Hugo; article by Helena Wright “Sacred to the Memory of General George Washington” on 1818 copper-engraving by Sarah Wood; full-page description of upcoming annual meeting. Click here to view 42:1 as a PDF

Past Newsletters (coming soon for download)

2017 Spring 41:4
2017 Winter 41:3
2016 Fall 41:2
2016 Summer 41:1

2016 Spring 40:4
2016 Winter 40:3
2015 Fall 40:2
2015 Summer 40:1

2015 Spring 39:4
2015 Winter 39:3
2014 Fall 39:2
2014 Summer 39:1

2014 Spring 38:4
2014 Winter 38:3
2013 Fall 38:2
2013 Summer 38:1

2013 Spring 37:4
2013 Winter 37:3
2012 Fall 37:2
2012 Summer 37:1

2012 Spring 36:4
2012 Winter 36:3
2011 Fall 36:2
2011 Summer 36:1