Black Rock Press – University of Nevada, Reno

Black Rock Press – University Of Nevada, Reno

Black Rock Press – University of Nevada, Reno

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Black Rock Press was founded by Kenneth Carpenter in 1965. It is named after a landmark in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada that guided emigrants on the Applegate Trail.

The Press is dedicated to the practice and teaching of the arts and crafts associated with the creation of finely printed books. They have become a living museum of traditional printing technology, housing a variety of cabinets filled with metal type, and a number of historically significant printing presses. Its centerpiece, a gilded 1837 super-royal Columbian iron handpress, is one of the finest examples of a nineteenth century iron handpress to be found anywhere in the country.

Through instructional programs the Press introduces students to techniques involved with the creation of books. They are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the book as a special kind of object whose form can reveal its content. In the course Book Arts, students learn typographic design and letterpress printing, as well as the historical aspects of printing and book production. Students also learn other aspects of bookmaking including imagemaking techniques, bookbinding, papermaking, and paper decoration. Beyond its own offerings, the Black Rock Press works closely with university classes in art, history, English, and journalism, providing orientations, tours and lectures on various aspects of the book arts. The goal of the Press is to make its resources available as a center for the book arts.

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