For roughly 100 years the Mergenthaler Linotype Company of Baltimore, Maryland supplied most of the typesetting machines used in the printing industry, both in America and worldwide. As changing technology ended the usefulness of the linotype machine the company pioneered new computer-driven, photo typesetting machines. The company changed hands several times, and finally was absorbed into a large German company in 1995.
Archival records documenting the development of typefaces. Contains the company business records, including reports, memoranda, correspondence, marketing materials, and other business papers; proofs; and typeface specimens. 2013 addendum includes photographs, annual reports, company newsletters and other printed materials.
Mergenthaler Linotype Company Records, 1905-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Printing machinery and supplies
1999.3068 (NMAH Acc.)
1998.3081 (NMAH Acc.)
2013.3052 (NMAH Acc.)
UNPROCESSED COLLECTION, stored off-site. Special arrangements may be needed to view the collection
Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves