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Mission & Goals

  • To preserve and perpetuate the use of the last complete working typefoundry and letterpress workshop in the United States, possibly in the world.

  • To pass on to future generations the skills of craftspeople trained in typecasting, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the book arts.

  • To educate the public in the history of the printed word, so that the legacy of past technologies will enrich those of the future.

  • To inspire the arts community by creating and exhibiting remarkable examples of art, literature, design, and publishing.

  • To support an unbroken tradition of artistic publishing, printing, and bookmaking in San Francisco.

  • To contribute to the new information economy by making an unrivaled repository of tools and expertise available to students and practitioners of digital design.