Conferences

American Typecasting Fellowship

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Note: This is just my own personal page with information about these Conferences. It is not officially affiliated with the ATF; I'm merely a member of this group.

For more information on the group, see the (unofficial!) CircuitousRoot ATF Notebook.

See also the CircuitousRoot Notebook containing a Partial Bibliography of ATF Keepsakes.

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This is a list of the biennial Conferences of the American Typecasting Fellowship, together with some of the sessions of Rich Hopkins' periodic "Monotype University" and Skyline Type Foundry's "Thompson Tech." My thanks to Rich Hopkins for his additions and corrections to this list; any errors which remain are my own.

If the conference's number and date are highlighted as a clickable link, click on this link for a page devoted to that conference.

Conference No. 1 (1978). Terra Alta, WV.

July 17-19, 1978. Conference title: "The First National Conference on Typecasting and Design." Hosted by Lynda and Rich Hopkins.

Conference No. 2 (1980). Larchmont and New Rochelle, NY. Hosted by E. H. ("Pat") Taylor, Out of Sorts Letter Foundry. Also called the "Second National Conference on Typecasting and Design."

The papers presented included Paul Hayden Duensing's very important Proposed Draft for a Syllabus of Typographic Taxonomy. This has been reprinted by CircuitousRoot.

Conference No. 3 (1982). Oxford, UK.

July, 1982. Organized by Stan Nelson and Harold Berliner. The broadside commemorating this notes that it was held at St. Catherine's College, Oxford and that it was sponsored by the Printing Historical Society and the American Typecasting Fellowship with support from L'Association Typographique Internationale and the British Library.

Conference No. 4 (1984). Washington, DC. Hosted by Stan Nelson.

Conference No. 5 (1986). Indianapolis, IN. Hosted by David Churchman.

This conference was reviewed in Fine Print Vol. 12, No. 4 (October, 1986). The conference included:

Clinics:

Presentations:

Panels:

Note: A commemorative casting was done at this conference; see below in the "Keepsakes" section.

Conference No. 6 (1988). Terra Alta, WV. Hosted by Lynda and Rich Hopkins.

Conference No. 7 (1990). Nevada City, NV. July 19-22. Hosted by Harold Berliner.

Conference No. 8 (1992). Williamsburg, VA. Hosted by Willie Parker, Dale Dippre and Pete Stinley.

Conference No. 9 (1994). Buena Park, CA. Hosted by Mark Barbour and the International Printing Museum.

Monotype University I (1995). Terra Alta, WV. Rich Hopkins.

Conference No. 10 (1996). Charlottesville, NC. Hosted by E. H. ("Pat") Taylor, Rick Newell, and Heritage Printers.

"Mini-Conference" (October 1996). Terra Alta, WV. International attendees.

Monotype University II (1997). Terra Alta, WV. Rich Hopkins.

Conference No. 11 (1998). Sunnyvale, CA. Hosted by Frederica and Monroe Postman.

Monotype University III (1999). Terra Alta, WV. Rich Hopkins.

Monotype University IV. QUESTION: When was it?

Conference No. 12 (2000). Rindge, NH. With technical session at Ashuelot, NH. Hosted by Julia Ferrari and Dan Carr (Golgonooza), and John Kristensen.

Conference No. 13 (2002). Provo, UT. Hosted by Rob Buchert, Thom Hinckley, and Lou Crandall.

Monotype University V (2003). Terra Alta, WV. Rich Hopkins.

Conference No. 14 (2004). Terra Alta, WV. Hosted by Lynda and Rich Hopkins.

Note: plans for a 2004 meeting in Leipzig did not come to fruition.

Monotype University VI (2005). Terra Alta, WV. Rich Hopkins.

Monotype University VII. QUESTION: When was it?

Conference No. 15 (2006). Carson, CA. Hosted by Mark Barbour and the International Printing Museum.

Conference No. 16 (2008). St. Louis, MO, Grafton, IL, and Kampsville, IL. Hosted by Johanna and Schuyler Shipley (Skyline Type Foundry, then at Kampsville, IL).

Conference No. 17 (2010). Piqua, OH. Hosted by Gregory Jackson Walters.

The speech at the banquet was by Theo Rehak. This was captured on video by Nick Sherman and is online at: http://vimeo.com/47799644. This conference also featured a screening of a pre-release version of Richard Kegler's film Making Faces. For more on this film, which is in my opinion the most important work in English on making metal type, see the P22 web page for it at: https://www.p22.com/products/makingfaces.html or the trailer for it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph0ooDzD4ZQ

Thompson Tech V. (January 2012). Prescott, AZ. Skyline Type Foundry.

Conference No. 18 (2012). Portland, OR. Hosted by the C. C. Stern Type Foundry & Museum of Metal Typography. http://www.metaltype.org/

Thompson Tech VI. (June 15-19, 2013). Prescott, AZ. Skyline Type Foundry.

Monotype University VIII (August 25-31, 2013). Terra Alta, WV. Rich Hopkins. Focus on the Welliver computer interface to the Monotype Composition Caster.

Conference No. 19 (2014). Aug. 13-17 2014, co-sponsored by Frank Romano (Salem, NH) and the Museum of Printing (North Andover, MA).

Conference No. 20 (2016). Aug. 11-14 2016, in the "Finger Lakes" region of New York state. Co-hosted by Richard Kegler and the Wells College (Aurora, NY) Book Arts Center, the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler (Skaneateles, NY), the Cary Graphic Arts Collection of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Geri McCormick and Virgin Wood Type (Rochester, NY).

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