Correspondence with Princeton’s RBSC Firestone Library

As regards my contention that there are no typefaces attributed to Bertha Goudy, please see, below, my correspondence with the Rare Books and Special Collections Firestone Library at Princeton University. I first inquired to them after viewing the Unseen Hands website, published by their department.

Sep 20 2018, 07:23pm

Subject: Bertha Goudy Inquiry

Hi there!

I am researching female type designers and I came across Unseen Hands. I noticed that Bertha Goudy is listed under the Type Designers category as well as the Typesetters category. It is clear that she was a talented typesetter and printer, but it is unclear to me from the bio on Unseen Hands whether any typefaces are attributed to her, or if her status as a type designer is established by her instrumental influence and partnership with Fred Goudy.

Thank you very much for your time and attention to my inquiry.


Lauren Elle DeGaine


Oct 03 2018, 01:07pm

Dear Ms. DeGaine,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Bertha Goudy and possible typefaces attributed to her, which I have been asked to reply. I have spoken with our Curator of Graphic Arts, Julie Mellby, and she explained, “Bertha cut type that was designed by Fred [Goudy], she also set the type and did the actual printing of many books. ‘Bertha’ typeface was named in her honor after her death. There are no typefaces attributed to her alone (that I can find a reference to).” The main source for this information is from Bertha S. Goudy: first lady of printing by Bruce Rogers, et al. [New York]: The Distaff Side, 1958.

I hope you find this information helpful and please let us know if you have any other questions.

All the best,

Brianna Cregle

Special Collections Assistant
Public Services Division
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library
1 Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544-2098
Tel. 609-258-3184
Screenshot: an advertisement for Bertha S. Goudy, First Lady of Printing from Black Swan Books.

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