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COLLECTION Identifier: Typ 970R

Rudolph Ruzicka designs, correspondence, and ephemera


Designs, correspondence, and ephemera by and about the Czech wood engraver and designer Rudolph Ruzicka.


  • Creation: 1918-1983


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


2.65 linear feet (6 boxes)

The collection contains works by and about Rudolph Ruzicka, as well as correspondence between Ruzicka and Philip Hofer. Materials include proofs of engravings, typeface designs, exhibition catalogs, and articles related to Ruzicka's work. The correspondence between Ruzicka and Hofer, dating mostly from the 1940s, discusses projects and personal issues.

Biographical / Historical

Graphic artist and type-designer, Ruzicka (1883-1978) was born in Bohemia, emigrated to Chicago, where he trained as a wood engraver and designer; continued his studies in New York. During the 1930s he collaborated with Philip Hofer on a number of projects, including a series of engravings for Harvard University and the University's diploma designs. Ruzicka's latter years were spent in New Hampshire, where he died in 1978.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Designs by Rudolph Ruzicka
  2. II. Articles and exhibitions concerning Rudolph Ruzicka
  3. III. Correspondence

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Philip Hofer.

Separated Materials

Two items removed and cataloged separately: RR: Lines sharp as serifs / David McCord, 1973 (Typ 970R.73.5464); and Tantalus : bookplates created for Philip Hofer, after an original drawing by Hans Holbein / Rudolph Ruzicka, 1937 (Typ 970R.37.760t). ]

Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-. Rudolph Ruzicka designs and correspondence, 1918-1983 (Typ 970R): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
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Repository Details

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