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Biscuit City Press Archives, 1970-1992


Series 1. Works of the press
Box 1
This series of three-ring notebooks contains samples of all the items printed at the Biscuit City Press from its inception January 31, 1970 to 1990. The works were printed on a Kelsey and later, starting March 1972, on the Albion printing press. Items, from business cards, programs, letter heads, booklets, reprints of historic tracks, broadsides, Christmas greetings, and samples of home made and marbled papers are all included in chronological order, pasted into sheets of paper in each notebook. Each item may contain information of when it was printed, edition statement, type face and paper identification and any other pertinent data related to the piece.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Volume 1 Volume I
Box 1, Volume 2 Volume II
Box 1, Volume 3 Volume III
Box 1, Volume 4 Volume IV

Series 2. Printed works
This series of four three-ring notebooks contains copies of works printed on the press. Many of these items are duplicates of what is found in the chronological sequence of notebooks found in Series I. These notebooks have samples of printing, drafts and working copies and proofs. One notebook, "Printing Ephemera Foreign and Domestic" contains printing samples from other presses. There are prospectus for BCP publications and multiple copies of some works. None of his hard bound books are found in this series, but there are sample pages on page proofs of the books.

The notebooks are filed in numerical sequence.

Container Description Date
Box 2, Volume 5 Volume V: Samples of works and prospectus
Box 2, Volume 6 Volume VI: Samples of working copies
Box 2, Volume 7 Volume VII: Samples of works
Box 2, Volume 8 Volume VII: Printing ephemera- foreign and domestic

Series 3. General file
The General File consists of records created or used by Professor Gutchen that relate to the Biscuit City Press. Of importance is a two volume diary of the press, 1975-1980, and a sales journal, 1979-1980. Volume IX of the notebooks is in this file because more than two-thirds of its contents relate to Professor Gutchen’s involvement in and with theatrical productions of the University of Rhode Island Theatre Department. The notebook contains flyers and programs, and newspaper clippings from 1874-1990. The latter one-third contains samples of printing from other presses. The folders in the general file are listed alphabetically by subject. Volume IX is listed under University of Rhode Island Theatre.

Container Description Date
Box 3, Folder 1 The Albion Press, chapter from a book, copy
Box 3, Folder 2 Diary of the Biscuit City Press
1975 Aug-1979 Jan
Box 3, Folder 3 Diary of the Biscuit City Press
1979 Feb-1980 May
Box 3, Folder 4 Dildoides-Prospectus
Box 3, Folder 5 Press Product Catalogs
Box 3, Folder 6 Publications, Letters Concerning Purchase
1979, 1981
Box 3, Folder 7 Purchasing Invoices-Materials
Box 3, Folder 8 Purchasing Invoices-Presses
Box 3, Folder 9 Sales Journal-Loose Invoices
Box 3, Folder 10 Sales Journal
1979 Jan-1980? Aug
Box 3, Folder 11 Select List of Publications in URI Library
Box 3, Folder 12 The Virtues of Salad, Printing and Engraving Plates
Box 3, Folder 13 "The Victorian Post Office: the Growth of a Bureaucracy", a Book Review by Gutchen
Box 3, Folder 14 Type Specimen Sheets
Box 3, Folder 15 Type Specimen Sheets-"Monotype"
Box 3, Folder 16 Type Specimen Sheets-Printing Historical Society
Box 3, Folder 17 University of Rhode Island Theatre, Vol. IX