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Martin Cohen Collection of Kalamazoo Fine Press Ephemera

Identifier: RH-Z240.C54 M33x 1968z

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one archival box (0.5 linear feet) containing letterpress ephemera from the press and type foundry of Paul Hayden Duensing, the press of Martin Cohen, and the Michigan Letterpress Guild. It includes invitations, business cards, brochures, envelopes and typeface samples.


  • Creation: 1968-2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1981
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/03/2002


Conditions Governing Access

Non circulating.

Biographical / Historical

Martin Cohen (1915-2005) was a professor in the former School of Librarianship at Western Michigan University where he taught a course on the history of the book. His interest in printing evolved from teaching this course. He was born in East Boston in 1915 and graduated from Harvard College in 1937. In May 1940, he enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard, which was federalized into the U.S. Army. Martin served in the European Theatre during WWII. Following the war, he earned a degree in library science from Simmons College in 1946, under the G.I. Bill. After working in libraries in Newark, New Jersey, and Decatur, Illinois, Martin moved to Kalamazoo where he worked at the Kalamazoo Public Library from 1950 to 1960. In 1960, he began teaching librarianship at Western Michigan University, where he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1976. Martin retired from WMU in 1978, but continued to engage in a wide range of activities including travel, photography, calligraphy, birding and letterpress printing.


1 boxes

Language of Materials



Collection reflects letterpress activities of Martin Cohen (1915-2005) a WMU Professor of Librarianship and Paul Hayden Duensing in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Items include samples of job printing for WMU and private clients. Two pamphlets are cataloged separately.

Physical Access Requirements

Western Michigan University Libraries. Archives and Regional History Collections. Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Custodial History

Originally housed in WMU Special Collections. Moved to the Regional History Collections in the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, 2015.

Source of Acquisition

Martin Cohen (WMU Professor of Librarianship, emeritus)

Method of Acquisition


Inventory of the Martin Cohen Collection of Kalamazoo Fine Press Ephemera Finding Aid
Alexandra Weeldreyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490