Printing History is a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Printing History Association (APHA) since 1979. APHA is a membership organization that encourages the study of the history of printing and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. The main objective of Printing History is to promote interdisciplinary studies in these fields, drawing together those concerned with the production of printed materials: scholars, librarians, printers, publishers, papermakers, bookbinders, booksellers, and others.
By taking as its subject the materials and the labor involved in printing, Printing History offers insight into cultural history more broadly, featuring scholarship on subjects as diverse as the invention of printing for the blind to the role of photographic prints in the settlement of California; from the influence of the printing press in sixteenth-century France to nineteenth century New Zealand; to contemporary histories of small presses involved in book arts. Although by name APHA encourages articles focusing upon American history, Printing History welcomes scholarship concerned with the role of printing processes across the globe.
In the spirit of its legacy of scholarship on printing and allied trades that enhances understanding of an array of other cultural and historical topics, Printing Historyinvites papers for upcoming issues of its journal, published biannually each January and July.
Printing History welcomes contributions from a diverse group of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. Printing History seeks to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity amongst its contributors in order to highlight the richness and variety of the field.