The California Society of Printmakers (CSP) records reflect activities within the San Francisco Bay Area, the state of California,
and national and international arts communities since 1925. The collection includes historical records from the Society's
predecessor organizations, the California Society of Etchers (CSE) and Bay Printmakers Society, as well as the administrative
and exhibit records of the California Society of Printmakers. These records include the Board of Directors' meeting minutes;
membership records; correspondence; artists files; brochures; art lists; related material about exhibitions sponsored by the
CSP; and photographs, slides, audio cassettes, and video cassettes of events and exhibits, meetings, and artists' works. Also
included is a small amount of material related to printmakers, galleries, and exhibits not sponsored by CSP.
The California Society of Printmakers (CSP), originally called the California Society of Etchers (CSE), was founded circa
1911-1914 to promote and foster the study and practice of etching, lithography, and engraving. Since 1911, the California
Society of Etchers held local annual exhibitions and regular national exhibitions to promote the work of their members. In
1968, a merger of the CSE with the Bay Printmakers Society (founded 1955) formed the California Society of Printmakers. The
newly named and expanded organization extended its influence and, during the intervening years, continued to emphasize members'
exhibitions, expanding national venues and membership, and forging international alliances with related organizations, museums,
galleries, and artists.
Number of containers: Records: 8 cartons, 1 box, 1 volume, and 2 oversize folders
Audiovisual: 4 sound cassettes, 15 video cassettes
Linear feet: 10.75
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of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright
owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Collection is open for research.