The Cary Graphic Arts Collection (often shortened to "Cary Collection") is a nationally renowned archive of books, type specimens, manuscripts, documents, and artifacts related to the history of graphic communication.[1] It is located on the second floor of Wallace Library. Inside the Cary Collection, the Arthur M. Lowenthal Memorial Pressroom houses historic printing equipment, including the famous Kelmscott/Goudy iron handpress, which is used regularly in printing demonstrations.[2] In 2016, five RIT students built a reproduction of an 18th-century common press, which has joined the library's collection of printing presses.[3]

The Cary Collection supports RIT undergraduate and graduate education in graphic design and graphic arts and is open to RIT students interested in researching any of its holdings. The Cary Collection regularly hosts RIT classes for lectures and demonstrations, welcomes researchers, and hosts artists and scholars in residence.

The Cary Collection also manages the Graphic Design Archive, comprised of 36 archives documenting the work of important 20th-century Modernist graphic designers.[4]


Name Title
Steven Galbraith Curator[5]
Amelia Hugill-Fontanel Associate Curator[5]


  1. About the Cary Collection
  2. RIT acquires famed Kelmscott/Goudy hand press in Christie’s auction
  3. Students use 21st century engineering processes to forge a historical press
  4. About the Graphic Design Archive
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cary Collection Staff

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