The collection contains type specimens in various forms, including booklets, brochures, pamphlets, sheets, posters, and portfolios,
from the 18th Century to the present. Additions to the collection are ongoing. The bulk of the specimens are printed in the
US and Europe but there are also specimens from Argentina and Japan. The specimens are organized into 2 groups – by individual
typeface and by type foundry.
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
materials must be submitted in writing to Book Arts & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.