Canadian Printer and Publisher: About the Collection

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Canadian Printer and Publisher, which began in 1892 and is still being published today by Rogers Media under the title Canadian Printer Magazine, is the national organ of the printing industry in Canada. It documents the growth and evolution of the trade, during a period of continuous technological and commercial innovation, beginning in the period when machine composition was taking over from hand composition in the 1890s. The journal contains articles on all aspects of the printing and publishing industry and its personnel: practical advice on the craft and business of printing, statistics on all aspects of the trade, discussion of legal issues such as tariffs, copyright and libel, biographies and profiles of leading figures and firms, reports on union activity and trade shows, and actual examples and samples of fine printing of both text and illustrations. Illustrations are a crucial component of the journal, not only those which are part of the editorial content, such as portraits of individuals and illustrations of printing plants, but also those included in the advertisements. The advertisements include those for printers and publishers themselves as well as for the firms which supply machinery, paper, type, and binding supplies and these document in great detail the evolving technologies of their time.

Canadian Printer and Publisher is one of over two hundred Maclean Hunter journals held in the Fisher Library. This phase of the project makes available the first twenty years of Canadian Printer and Publisher (1892-1911), but will be added to in the future. It is our long term goal to digitize many other significant Maclean Hunter trade journals.

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In keeping with its mission the University of Toronto Library provides access to the digital materials included in the Canadian Printer and Publisher online collection. The images in the online collection are derived from works in the public domain.

Copyright and other rights in the digital images, underlying encoded text, indexing and display of the materials in the Canadian Printer and Publisher online collection are held by the University of Toronto Library. The images may be used for the purposes of research, private study, or general interest. For these purposes the images may be viewed and printed without prior permission.

For reproduction requests please fill out the Digital Photography Order Form and send/fax your request to the address listed on the form.

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The Canadian Printer and Publisher website team members:

Anne Dondertman
Andrea Kosavic
Sian Meikle
Karen Turko
Marlene van Ballegooie

Digital Photography
Paul Armstrong
Jim Ingram
Danny Kim
Bogda Mickiewicz

In 2017 the collection was migrated from ColdFusion to Islandora. Click here to view a web archived copy of the original site.

2017 Development Team
Kelli Babcock
Gordon Belray
Chris Crebolder
Dominique Glassman
Guita Lamsechi
Sunny Lee
Elizabeth Ridolfo