Leo Hart Printing Co., Inc. Papers Addition

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Leo Hart Printing Co., Inc. Papers Addition
Creator: Leo Hart Printing Company
Call Number: D.230
Dates: 1917-1990
Physical Description: 14 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1: Leo Hart Printing Co. and Horace Hart, Pre-1935
Box 2: Horace Hart, President (1935-1955), Playtime House, and Slides
Box 3: Horace Hart, 1953-1985
Box 4:A Bibliography of the History of Printing in the Library of Congress, and Sales, Research, Correspondence, and other Business materials, 1967-1985
Box 5: Correspondence and reports: Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, Planning Boards, and National Defense Executive Reserve Association, 1974-1990
Box 6: Correspondence, 1956-1962, and Horace Hart Award, 1963-1966
Box 7: Horace Hart Award, 1967-1978
Box 8: Horace Hart Award, 1979-1982
Box 9: Horace Hart's Personal Printing, Grolier Club, and Correspondence
Box 10: Correspondence, 1945-1990, Awards and Recognition, and Robert Hart Printing Company
Box 11: Scrapbooks/Photo Albums
Box 12: Original artwork for three children's books published by Leo Hart Printing Company
Box 13: Miscellaneous Horace Hart Ephemera, 1932-1987 (added by Joan S. Hart, September 8, 2004)
Box 14: Miscellaneous Ephemera
Collection Overview
Title: Leo Hart Printing Co., Inc. Papers Addition
Creator: Leo Hart Printing Company
Call Number: D.230
Dates: 1917-1990
Physical Description: 14 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Horace Hart was a member of the Harvard Club, the Grolier Club, the Goudy Society, the Typophiles, the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, and several other organizations. From 1983 to 1990, he served on the planning boards of Candice Township and Ontario County. Mr. Hart published several works on bibliography and printing, including A Bibliography of the History of Printing in the Library of Congress.

After Horace Hart left the Leo Hart Printing Company in 1955, it merged with the John P. Smith Company to become the Smith Hart Printing Company. In 1957 the firm was purchased by General Packaging Corporation, which sold the business in 1962 to Progress Manufacturing Corporation of Philadelphia. In 1963 Robert Hart, son of Leo Hart, purchased most of the equipment from Progress Manufacturing and founded Robert Hart Printing Company. Robert Hart died in 1972 and in 1975 the company declared bankruptcy.

Scope and Content
The documents in this collection are an addition to the Leo Hart Printing Company Papers (BB.H32) . They mostly relate to Leo Hart's eldest son, Horace Hart (1910-1991), who was president of his father's company from 1935 to 1955. He moved to Washington, DC, in 1956 to become director of the Printing and Publishing Division of the Department of Commerce. In 1963, Mr. Hart relocated to New York City, where he took up the position of president of Lanston Monotype Co. and a subsidiary, Monotype Co. of Canada Ltd. After 1966, he worked as a consultant in the graphic arts field.

The Leo Hart Printing Co., Inc., Papers Addition includes professional and personal correspondence of Horace Hart as well as a wide assortment of material related to the company. These two collections of the Leo Hart Printing Company form an excellent source of information about the printing business and provide a significant window into Rochester's twentieth century commercial history.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Publishers and publishing
Printing industry
Correspondence
Records (Documents)
Hart, Horace, 1910-
Leo Hart Printing Company
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Joan Stein Hart, June 1991 and subsequent donations.Access
The Leo Hart Printing Co., Inc. Papers Addition is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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[Item title, item date], Leo Hart Printing Co., Inc. Papers Addition, D.230, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Box 1: Leo Hart Printing Co. and Horace Hart, Pre-1935
Folder Leo Hart Printing Company
1. "The Printing House of Leo Hart", a history of the company by Leo Hart
2. Short published pieces concerning history of Leo Hart and his Company
3. "A Family Ramble." History of Printing House of Leo Hart by Horace Hart, February 17, 1971 accompanied by slides
4. "Report of Examination; The Leo Hart Company" made by auditors Ernst Ernst (1924, 1925, 1926)
5. Early Company photographs
6. Leo Hart personal bookplates designed by Rockwell Kent
7. Keepsake printed by the Leo Hart Company (2); mock-ups for two issues of Fashion Park News.
8. Obituaries and memorials for Leo Hart
9. Estate of Leo Hart
10. Estate of Ethel Hart
Horace Hart
11. Number 7 School, Jefferson Junior High School, West High School: Report cards, keepsakes (1917-1929)
12. Radio printing/QSL cards
13. Second Annual Concordian Convention, 1927. Programs, etc. printed by Horace Hart.
14. College essays, Harvard University, class of 1933
15. Correspondence concerning Bibliotheca Typographica, (a work produced by Horace Hart while a student at Harvard and published by The Printing House of Leo Hart in1933); review from Transactions of the Bibliographical Society (December, 1933).
Box 2: Horace Hart, President (1935-1955), Playtime House, and Slides
Leo Hart Printing Company: Horace Hart, President (1935-1955)
1. 1. "Basic Policies and Purposes of the Leo Hart Company"
2. 2. Letterhead, Business Cards, Envelopes, Invoices, checks, etc.
3. 3. Advertising for Leo Hart Company
4. 4. Promotional material for books published by The Printing House of Leo Hart
5. 5. The Printers' Valhalla: advertisements and miscellaneous
6. 6. "The Printers' Valhalla": Paper by Rochester Institute of Technology student Thomas Rickner, 1987: 3 copies.
7. 7. Company Photographs
8. 8. Miscellaneous notes concerning proposed book titles and sales
Acquisition of Lanston Monotype Company (Folder 1 of 2)
Acquisition of Lanston Monotype Company (Folder 2 of 2)
9. 9. Write-ups about Leo Hart Printing Company and merger with John P. Smith Company in 1955.
Playtime House: A Division of the Leo Hart Company
10. Business Forms and Cards, Letterhead, Labels
11. Product Line and Price Lists
12. Financial Records
13. Columbia Calendar Company: Horace and Robert Hart 1949
Slides
14. Horace Hart's, "A Family Ramble," plus additional slides from Hart Printing
Box 3: Horace Hart, 1953-1985
1. Research and Correspondence Concerning his Articles on Venus and Adonis, 1975-1979
2. Articles by Horace Hart about the publication of Venus and Adonis for The Kent Collector: "Thrice Fairer than Myself" and "The Unaccountable Edition-A Nasty Business."
3. Stationery, business cards, envelopes etc. for Horace Hart and Horace Hart, Inc. Publishers.
4. Form letters to employees (includes lists of employees and anniversary dates) and potential customers, Horace and Robert Hart
5. Proceedings of the Professional Conference for Presidents (Washington, DC: Printing Industry of America, 1953). Includes two-page article by Horace Hart.
6. Proceedings Fourth Conference for Top Management of Printing and Lithographing Companies (Printing Industry of America: 1958). Includes article, "Forward Planning-Tool of Management," by Horace Hart.
7. Article by Horace Hart: "Question: Is There Any Time Left for a Printing Salesman to SELL?" Printing News (February 24, 1979) and other writings by Hart on salesmanship.
Box 4:A Bibliography of the History of Printing in the Library of Congress, and Sales, Research, Correspondence, and other Business materials, 1967-1985
1. Proposal and business cards for a telemarketing service to the graphic arts industry (Tele/Graphix Company), 1985
2. "Foreign Language Composition for the H.O. Bullard Company," prepared by Horace Hart, 1967.
3. Background material for study made by Horace Hart on behalf of the Direct Mail/Marketing Association on the economic impact of raising the costs of third-class bulk mail, 1975
Folder Bibliography of the History of Printing in the Library of Congress (1987)
4. Background material, correspondence, etc. for A Bibliography of the History of Printing in the Library of Congress, published by Horace Hart in 1987.
5. Original printout of the book
6. Material related to advertisement of the book in Fine Print and Alpha.
7. Circulars sent to potential customers with order information, sample pages, ISBN application
8. Sales records for volumes I and II
9. Correspondence and sample printing from The Curwen Press, London England, 1978-1980. Horace Hart served as US agent.
10. Correspondence with Cahill Limited, Dublin Ireland and samples of their work, 1975-1985. Horace Hart served as a US agent for the printing company.
Box 5: Correspondence and reports: Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, Planning Boards, and National Defense Executive Reserve Association, 1974-1990
1. Correspondence and other material related to Horace Hart's association with The Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, 1974-1985.
2. Working papers for Henry Clune's I Always Liked it Here, published by Friends of University of Rochester Libraries, 1982-1983
3. Material related to Horace Hart's service on the planning boards of the Town of Canadice, NY and Ontario County, NY, 1984-1990.
4. Correspondence and reports related to Horace Hart's appointment to the National Defense Executive Reserve Association, New York Field Office Area, 1963-1988.
Box 6: Correspondence, 1956-1962, and Horace Hart Award, 1963-1966
Folder Correspondence
1. Correspondence, reports, etc. related to Horace Hart's tenure as Director of the Printing and Publishing Industries Division of the US Department of Commerce, 1956-1962.
2. Correspondence regarding Horace Hart's efforts to head the Government Printing Office, 1961.
Folder Horace Hart Award, 1963-1982
3. General Information
Folder Date and recipient of Award
4. 1963 - Robert W. Pearson
5. 1964 - Kenneth H. Sayre and Adolphus N. Spence
6. 1965 - Raymond Geech
7. 1966 - Edwin R. Lannon
Box 7: Horace Hart Award, 1967-1978
1. 1967 - James C. Harrison
2. 1968 - Frederick Fowler
3. 1969 - James Murray and Rudolph Wendelin
4. 1970 - Sarah Wallace
5. 1971 - P. Carl Tuttle
6. 1972 - Robert K. Merchant
7. 1973 - Otto C. Stoessel Jr. and Burt Hagg
8. 1974 - John Clifford Holmes and Jerry Dean Kelly
9. 1975 - Thomas McCormick
10. 1976 - Howard T. Keller and Grier Stanley Yoder
11. 1977 - John J. Boyle and Robert W. Benson
12. 1978 - Albert R. Materazzi and Joseph McSweeney
Box 8: Horace Hart Award, 1979-1982
1. 1979 - Robert E. Rice and Vincent J. Toolan
2. 1980 - H. Nelson Fitton Jr. and Frederick D. Kagy
3. 1981 - William D. Hanson, Russell L. Wylie and Nancy B. Faries
4. 1982 - James P. DeLuca and John D. Epps Jr.
Box 9: Horace Hart's Personal Printing, Grolier Club, and Correspondence
1. Examples of Horace Hart personal printing including bookplates, stationary, business cards, Christmas cards
2. Grolier Club
3. Correspondence with Joseph Blumenthal
4. Correspondence with Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein
5. Correspondence and printed material regarding a proposed piece on Frederic W. Goudy
6. Correspondence with Tom Pindar, Filmtype Services Limited and Pindar and Son Limited, Scarborough, England
7. Correspondence with Harold Hunter, Secretary of the Wynkyn De Worde Society, 1965-1980
Box 10: Correspondence, 1945-1990, Awards and Recognition, and Robert Hart Printing Company
Folders:
1. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1945-1990. Includes correspondence from landscape architect Alling DeForest regarding plans for the grounds of Horace Hart's home in Canadice ("Hartwood Hill") as well as invoices and plant lists from various nurseries involved (1945-53.)
2. Type Directors Club
Folder Recognition of Horace Hart (see also Box 14, Folder 1)
3. John Barnard Associates 1932
4. Honorary Membership to American Friends of the Gutenberg-Museum
5. Horace Hart Day: Typophiles November 8, 1972
6. Signature (no. 18, new series, 1954). Includes an article on English printer Horace Hart of the Oxford University Press (no relation to the Horace Hart of this collection)
7. Horace Hart write-up for Who's Who in the East, 16th edition.
8. Other honors and awards
Folder Robert Hart Printing Company Incorporated
9. Printing Samples
10. Annual Report 1973, Advertisements, In House Memos
11. Robert Hart: Photograph and Obituary - Rochester Times-Union, 1972
Box 11: Scrapbooks/Photo Albums
Folder "Paul Miller Day, September 29, 1950." Hartwood Hill
Folder "[J. Raymond] McGovern Day, July 7, 1951." Hartwood Hill
Box 12: Original artwork for three children's books published by Leo Hart Printing Company
Box 13: Miscellaneous Horace Hart Ephemera, 1932-1987 (added by Joan S. Hart, September 8, 2004)
1. Articles and clippings about Horace Hart, 1932-1987
2. Issues (3) of The Typothetan that mention Hart Printing Company or Horace Hart, 1950, 1956,1962
3. Programs (2) for conferences at which Horace Hart participated, 1951, 1957
4. Correspondence, news releases, etc. related to Horace Hart's tenure as Director of the Printing and Publishing Industries Division, Business and Defense Services Administration, U. S. Department of Commerce, 1953-1962
5. Printing Industry of America: programs, news releases, etc. related to Horace Hart, 1956-1958
6. Graphic Arts Association: material related to Horace Hart, 1957-1967
7. National Business Publications, Inc., programs for talks given by Horace Hart, 1957-1962
8. American Telephone and Telegraph: letter and a proof of their advertisement, "Why are the Harts Happy?" 1959
9. International Publications featuring articles by Horace Hart, 1959
10. Washington Trade Association: program and remarks given by Horace Hart at a luncheon (1960); Printing Industry of Washington: citation for award presented to Hoarace Hart (1962)
11. Lanston Monotype Company news release announcing Horace Hart as president of the company, March 11, 1963
Box 14: Miscellaneous Ephemera
1. Dinner given in honor of Horace and Joan Hart by the Wynkyn de Worde Society in London, England on December 16, 1970. Includes invitations, menus, keepsakes, etc.
2. Painting on a transparent sheet of a hart used for the Hart logo
3. Leo Hart Co. Holiday Calendar, 1938
4. "Let Us Pray," a keepsake from the Goudy Society. Reprint of the invocation given by Rev. Shane McCarthy at a dinner in Washington, DC, March 16, 1969.
2014 Accrual
Folder 1. 2 photographs, one including William B. Mopes and others working at the Leo Hart Printing Company, ca. 1950s, donated 2014


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