The Al Lowman Printing Arts Collection and Research Archive

This collection has been called “the cultural equivalent of a Texas natural resource.”  Anchored by an extensive collection of books, ephemera, correspondence, manuscripts, and archival material from the El Paso printer and book designer Carl Hertzog, the Lowman collection documents fine printing, book design, bibliography, and the history of the books and printing in Texas and the Southwest as well as nationally and internationally. 

Sample highlights of the collection:

Tom Lea.  Peleliu Landing.  El Past: Carl Hertzog, 1945.  Signed by Lea and Carl Hertzog.  This copy was presented by Hertzog to Bruce Rogers.

Walt Whitman.  Leaves of Grass: Comprising All the Poems Written by Walt Whitman.  New York: Random House, 1930.  The first project of the Grabhorn Press, and one of their most ambitious undertakings.

Adrian Wilson. Printing for Theater.  San Francisco, 1957.

William Everson.  Triptych for the Living.  Oakland: Seraphim, 1951.  One of 89 copies to be bound in full vellum, according to the author and printer; inscribed by Brother Antoninus.

Finney, Charles G.  The Circus of Dr. Lao.  Vermont: The Janus Press, 1984.  One of 150 copies, signed by Finney and Claire Van Vliet.

[image collections: Pellileu Landing tp; Printing for Theater cover]
[Link to online exhibit page / pdf of catalog]