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San Francisco, California

Obscura Day 2016: Letterform Archive

Explore thousands of years of lettering in this exquisite archive, from medieval manuscripts to Fillmore concert posters.

Letters, those squiggly little bits of pixels you are reading now, surround us constantly. But have you ever paused to admire them? To wonder at them, at how they've changed over thousands of years? Around the world? To admire them as both art and tools? There are few places better to do so than at Letterform Archive

Letterform Archive is a nonprofit library and museum dedicated to inspiration and education in the letter arts. The Archive offers visitors hands-on access to its curated collection of 30,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design spanning 2,000 years of history. It contains a huge variety of materials - including books, periodicals, posters, maquettes, drawings, prints and related ephemera, as well as a robust reference library. On this visit, you'll hear from the curators about some of the fascinating pieces in the Archive and then be led on a guided exploration of the materials. After this whirlwind tour of the history and diversity of the letter arts, you will never look at a letter the same way again.

Notes for this adventure:

- The first 45 minutes of the event will be a guided exploration of the Archive's materials, led by the Archive's Founder and Executive Director. The presentation will be followed by an hour-long reception, with discussion of the materials on display. If there's a particular period or subject you are interested in, just ask!

- The door access code will be emailed to you before the event.


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