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Since it was founded by Kenneth J. Carpenter more than forty years ago, the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of the arts and crafts associated with the creation of finely printed books. The Press now has a national reputation for its outstanding work and has become a living museum of traditional printing technology, housing a variety of cabinets filled with metal type, and a number of historically significant […]

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The Black Rock Press, University of Nevada, Reno is please to announce it is receiving applications for the Nell J. Redfield Fellowship in Book Arts for Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 CLICK HERE -for more information on the fellowship.


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An 1837 Super Royal Columbian press is the cornerstone of the Black Rock Press. In 1965, Ken Carpenter, the founder of the Black Rock Press, learned that there was a iron hand press of this type being offered for sale by a small printshop near Nottingham, England.

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Students at the Black Rock Press learn all aspects of creating books, including letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking.

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Finely printed books and broadsides have been produced at the Black Rock Press since it was founded in 1965.