March 21: Kerning Krenshaw / South L.A.

Kerning Krenshaw

On Saturday, March 21st, come explore African American print culture with APHA! Denise McIver, research librarian at the California African American Museum, will provide our group with a private viewing of some their rare African Americana. Following the viewing, our car pool will caravan over to The William Grant Still Arts Center where we will view their current exhibit on legendary jazz pioneer Duke Ellington. The exhibit, which focuses on this prolific master composer’s “relationship with documentation and performance,” is scheduled to feature an array of interesting print ephemera such as concert posters, magazines, and album covers. Afterward, we’ll have a chance to enjoy local South L.A. cuisine at Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills.

11:00am @ California African American Museum Research Library
Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

In operation since 1981, the California African American Museum (CAAM) has three sizeable exhibition galleries, a courtyard, a conference center, a research library, and a number of other educational spaces within its facilities. We will be visiting the research library during our visit. The CAAM research library houses an impressive collection of more than 20,000 items on black history which, for the most part, is fully accessible to researchers. CAAM librarian Denise McIver will guide us through a viewing of nineteenth and twentieth century black press literature and ephemera from the CAAM research collection, after which members will be welcome to take a self-guided tour of the museum’s current exhibits. *** Please plan on arriving early as the tour will begin promptly at 11AM. We will meet at the museum entrance. Admission is free. Parking for CAAM is located at W. 39th Street and S. Figueroa Street, and is $10 per vehicle. Car pool is suggested. Click HERE for directions.

1:30pm @ The William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90016

The William Grant Still Arts Center (WGSAC) is named after the late African-American composer of classical music, Dr. William Grant Still (d. 1978). First established in 1977 by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Cunningham and Hakim Ali, the WGSAC has since emerged as both a creative local exhibit space for black history and culture and an educational center for the local community. WGSAC programs include an annual Black Doll Show, the African-American Composers Series in history and music education, and community curated exhibitions. We will be touring the exhibit Love You Madly – A Portrait of Duke Ellington. Here we will get the chance to look at rare ephemera, magazine articles, and concert posters on display from Alden Kimbrough’s collection of Ellingtonia*** Please note that due to Metro train construction, Crenshaw Blvd. is closed south of Rodeo. We suggest the following route: from the Grant Still Center, head east on Adams to Buckingham. Take a right and head south on Buckingham for about 11 blocks. After crossing MLK, continue for 5 blocks until Santa Rosalia. Turn left on Santa Rosalia and after Marlton, make the first left into Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza. Post & Beam sits by itself near that entrance, next to the Debbie Allen Dance Studio.

3:30pm @ Post & Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The comfort of soul food is fused with California seasonality at Post & Beam in the heart of Baldwin Hills, our designated lunch destination for the day. Showcasing the restaurant’s ethos of embracing locally sourced ingredients, Post & Beam utilizes its onsite garden and the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative to create a Southern-inspired menu.

This event is free and open to non-members. RSVP today!

February 5th: Book Arts Museum @ BookArtsLA

Book Art Museum @ BookArtsLA

The Book Art Museum from Łódź, Poland is the recipient of the 2015 American Printing History Association’s (APHA) Institutional Award. We are pleased to welcome one of the Museum’s founders Jadwiga Tryzno, who will present the Museum and its works and discuss the state of book arts in Poland.

The Museum, which for the last 20 years has been “squatting” in an abandoned villa in Łódź, has made an extraordinary contribution to the preservation of the art of fine printing. In a country where historic printing techniques were almost eradicated under communism, it collects and restores vintage printing equipment, cultivates printing skills, and performs outreach to the community. Over the last 35 years the Book Art Museum has issued over 30 high-quality artist’s books in limited runs, including Second Space with the poem by Czeslaw Miłosz (2011), and Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Bibliography and Drawings (two editions, 1993 and 2013). Their most recent work Step By Step Printing SUPREMATISM, consists of a letterpress rendition of an English translation of a 1920 manifesto by Casimir Malevich and 49 lenticular prints inspired by Suprematism.

This event will be hosted by BookArtsLA, a fairly new venue located in West LA dedicated to bringing the beauty of printing, binding and the collecting of handmade books to the public. The 1600 square foot workspace houses letterpresses, a bindery, and holds workshops on a regular basis.

This event is free and open to all. Kindly RSVP to

January 10th: Annual Membership Meeting

Whittier Library

Whittier Library

Please join us on Saturday, January 10th, at 1 pm for our annual Membership meeting. This year, we will be meeting at Whittier College in the Nixon Room of the Wardman Library. After the business portion of the meeting, we will be treated to a viewing of early printed Quaker materials that were recently donated to the library.
We’ll also be asking for ideas for upcoming programming. If there’s something you’d like to do or see or have suggestions on how we can make your membership more meaningful, please come to the meeting.
If you haven’t renewed your membership, or haven’t officially joined the Chapter, now is your chance to come see what we’re all about.
1 pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bonnie Bell Wardman Library
Whittier College
7031 Founders Hill Road
Whittier, CA ‎
(562) 907-4247

Please RSVP to rsvp [at] aphasocal [dot] org by January 8th.
Parking info to those that RSVP.
We’ll meet at the circulation desk of the Wardman Library, just inside the entrance,  before heading up to the 2nd floor. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

November 8th – Walk This Way, Sign This Way: A Downtown Los Angeles Lettering Walk with Paul Shaw


Here in los angeles, we call it the Downtown renaissance. Over the past decade or so, Historic Downtown Los Angeles has been revitalized with a youthful new population that has brought with it a resurgence of fashion, culture, and the arts. Fortunately, vestiges of Downtown’s former glory remain throughout the cityscape, giving it an added charm that still manages to draw new visitors and new residents alike. That’s why in our third installment of Downtown-centered events, APHA is excited to welcome nationally renowned letter expert Paul Shaw for a private walking tour of the city’s lettering legacy!

Designer and design historian Paul Shaw has enjoyed a career of more than three decades writing, researching, and teaching about the history of graphic design and typography. Having worked as a designer for both commercial establishments and public institutions, Shaw’s lettering experience and knowledge of the history of  typography gives him an intimate understanding of civic and commercial street signage. As our special guide, he will take us on a civic sightseeing adventure that is sure to bring the magic of urban lettering alive in all its multifarious splendor.

Ever wondered about terrazzo letters? Ever been curious about differences in the production and design aspects of old metal, plastic, and vinyl street and store signs? Ever thought about the appeal of neon signage; whether it’s all gas and glow, or something more? If so, then this is your kind of tour. Space is extremely limited, so you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar now and reserve your place before it’s too late.

This ticketed event is open to both APHA and non-APHA members.

Register at

Volunteers needed for APHA table at the 6th Annual LA Printers’ Fair on 10/4

APHA SoCal at the LA Printers Fair

As the Los Angeles Printer’s Fair approaches on Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Chapter is looking for volunteers to staff our booth. Volunteers will have opportunities to meet many interesting fair visitors and vendors, discuss printing history interests, and work on a tabletop Albion handpress.

This fun and lively event, which is held at the International Printing Museum in Carson all day on Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm, brings out a growing community of book arts and printing enthusiasts for a fun day of buying, selling, and printing. It’s also a great chance to promote the organization and meet new friends. So join us for an hour (or even two), assist visitors in printing their own keepsake on an Albion hand press [no previous experience required], and spend some time with living history.

Note: As a special bonus this year, current APHA members who work 2 (or more) hours at our table, will receive complimentary admission to the fair.

For more information about the Fair, please see:

The Museum is located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson, CA. There’s free parking in the Kmart lot across the street. Food and drink is available for purchase and don’t forget to bring cash for the raffle prizes!

We’ll try to schedule two people per shift. To reserve your slot(s) at the table, please contact us by Thursday, October

Available Shifts:
8-9 (set up)
4-5 (wrap up)

September 28th: Liberi Liborum A Print Culturist and Designophile Mixer

APHA SoCal Mixer

4:30PM– 10PM

APHA’s kicking off its fall season with a second installment of its recent line of Downtown-Centered events. This time, it’s purely a book and design lovers meet and greet style mixer. On Sunday, the 28th we are encouraging chapter members, supporters, and friends to look us up on Facebook and Twitter and come and meet up with us throughout the evening for a group of sessions aimed at getting to better know each other. We’d love for you to come and share your bibliophilic passion, your typophilic enthusiasm, and your love of design with others who can also understand the resiliency and relevance of print and design in today’s society.

Activities will include Session Sol (4:30 to 6 pm) at The Last Bookstore. An ice-breaking session at The Last Bookstore on 5th and Spring St. Get lost upstairs in the book labyrinth, then select a dollar book, a special volume, a periodical, or a zine or something of that nature and come and discuss your selection with the group. Let us know what the choice conveys about you.

Session Vesper (6 to 7 pm)  at Spring Street Crawl. Call it an evening? Or join us for a nosh at the recently redeveloped Spring Street strip (in between 5th and 7th street) where you will have some free roaming time to indulge in the local cafes and eateries. This newly re-branded downtown community hub is home to a number food and beverage choices, tobacconists, tea sellers, fashion boutiques, and, of course, there’s lots of character to go around at this new Los Angeles “hang.”

Session Nyx (7 to 10 pm) at The Library Bar. Say goodnight to the group there? Or finish off the mixer with a nightcap of your favorite beer or cocktail at this unique bar that was tailor-made for book people. APHA is closing our first full-fledged mixer at Downtown’s Library Bar. It’s a bar with low lighting, but high intensity. It’s a dynamic ambiance for imbibing that’s crowned by a mock library with real books!

This event is free and open to all. RSVPs are encouraged, though not required. RSVP HERE

August 13th: APHA Movie Night @ CalRBS

APHA Movie Night @ CalRBS

Sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association during California Rare Book School

Join us for an encore screening of Stephen Fry’s legendary documentary The Machine that Made Us


Popcorn and beverages will be provided!

GSEIS Building, Room 111
290 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, 90095
(At the eastern corner of Royce Drive and Sycamore Ct.)
Next door to the Young Research Library

Park across the street in Lot 5, top level
Parking is $3/hour

The Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSEIS) building is located in the NE section of campus, immediately west of the Charles E. Young Research Library. The closest available parking is Parking Structure 5. There are “Pay-by-Space” spots on the top level (Level 6 only) of the structure.

Note: there is no free parking at UCLA. Street parking can be tricky in
Westwood. If you plan to park on the street, please pay attention to the
signs since most of the immediate area requires a residential permit.

Campus map
Directions & Parking info
Parking map

The campus is served by a number of bus lines. For more information contact the MTA, Culver City Bus, or Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus.

For questions and more information, please contact

CalRBS Movie Nights!

The Machine That Made Us

Thursday, August 7th at the Clark Library
2520 Cimarron Street (at Adams Blvd)
Gates open at 6 pm, movie starts at nightfall (about 9 pm)
Bring some food & drink*, a blanket or lawn chair and a friend!

Wednesday, August 13th at UCLA
GSEIS Building, Room 111
5:15 pm
Popcorn & beverages will be provided

This year we are reconnecting with our printing roots with a special re-screening of Stephen Fry’s legendary documentary The Machine that Made Us. In this installment, we will learn some fundamentals about the history and impact of the almighty printing press—a machine that has had so much influence over our daily lives that we often fail to recognize it. Print historians and typophiles alike will no doubt take joy in rediscovering an old favorite among friends while neophytes to print studies are welcome to learn about the fascinating narrative of how Johann Gutenberg put ink onto paper for the first time.

On August 7th bring a friend to the Clark Library for a late summer evening outdoor screening of Stephen Fry’s landmark film. The following week, August 13th, the film will be screened at the GSEIS Building on the UCLA campus.

*On Thursday, August 7th, you are invited to bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy al fresco on the grounds of the Clark Library.  Note: there is plenty of free parking at the Clark. Although restrooms will be available, the library will not be open.

There are a number of options for dinner: bring something to the Clark and enjoy an al fresco meal on the lawn, or there are any number of restaurants on the way to the Clark if you prefer to eat before you arrive. Below are some options.

La Usuluteca (pupusas)
Chipolte (Mexican fast-food)
Normandie Bakery (sandwiches/salads/soups, with a dine-in option)
Phillip’s Barbeque
Ralph’s Supermarket

Las Anayas Taqueria (BYOB)
El Cholo (Mexican, on Western, near Olympic)
Papa Christo (Greek)
Post & Beam (modern soul food)

There are also plenty of restaurants in Culver City, and no lack of fast food options in the area.

July 26th: Print collection + press tour in Claremont

Claremont Print and Press Tour

Noon – 5PM

Join us for an afternoon in Claremont for a bit of print history and conversation. We will be touring the Honnold/Mudd Special Collections and The First-Floor Press at the Claremont Colleges Library. We are truly in for a treat, as Honnold/Mudd holds a broad array of close to a millennia’s worth of primary source material including art, literature, and, of course, fine printing. Their most hospitable staff will graciously guide us through their current exhibition, “Staying Alive: What’s New in Special Collections,” highlighting their latest acquisitions. We will also have a chance to view some examples from their Fine Press and Californiana collections.

This will be followed by a tour and talk of The First-Floor Press with Professor Jeffrey D. Groves of Harvey Mudd College. The First-Floor Press in Honnold/Mudd Library has some terrific examples of original, rebuilt, and restored presses, brought back to life by the hard work and dedication of Professor Groves. Highlights include his 1850 R. Ritchie & Son Columbian press, a restored 1907 Chandler & Price Jobbing Platen press, a 20th Century Reliance “Washington-style press,” and, most impressively, a Replica 18th Century Common Press that was built by Dr. Jeffrey Groves himself. The First-Floor Press was born out of a legacy which began in the early 1980s with the initial loan of a 19th century Columbian press to Claremont Colleges Library by that of one Dr. Edward Petko. 

Following the tour, we will adjourn to The Press Restaurant, located in what was once the printing press building for The Claremont Courier, for optional libations and conversation.

Please RSVP by July 25th for time and location details. This event is free and open to all, though an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE

June 7th: To Print and Dine in L.A.


The American Printing History Association,
Southern California Chapter presents
To Print and Dine in L.A.
Touring Print and Design in Historic Downtown Los Angeles

10AM – 4PM

Join us for a taste of L.A. history! This daylong tour will take us from the archives of the Los Angeles Central Library’s celebrated menu collection, followed by an opportunity to dine at Cole’s, home of the famous French dip sandwich, located since 1908 in the hollow of the Pacific Electric Building. We’ll end the day with a visit to artist and native Angeleno Dave Lefner at his home and studio at The Brewery, the world’s largest artist colony and former site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. We’ll have a chance to learn about the unique art of reduction linoleum block printing and view Dave’s incredible Los Angeles-focused body of work featuring photorealist depictions inspired by vintage signs and the surrounding urban landscape.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by JUNE 5th to

Detailed directions and additional information will be sent to those who register.