The Origin and History of the New York Employing Printers' Association: The Evolution of a Trade Association

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INTRODUCTION
A HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION OF EMPLOYING PRINTERS IN NEW YORK CITY

THE history of organizations of employing printers in New York City is of particular interest, because here originated the societies which have combined to form the New York Employing Printers' Association and the United Typothetae of America, of which the former is a branch. The problems and traditions of the earlier groups have given to these associations their distinctive characteristics and unusual structure. In the following account, I have attempted to trace the purposes, principles, and methods of the present organization from the vague and tentative plans of the societies of the past, and to indicate the influence exerted by the introduction of power machinery, by political and cultural forces, and by outstanding personalities. To the writer it has been a fascinating study of the printing industry from the completely unified handicraft stage in a pioneer town, through periods of industrialism, to the complex, highly specialized and reintegrating condition prevailing in contemporary New York.

From the point of view of the industry, there are, roughly speaking, three periods: from the setting up of the first press in this city in 1693 to the close of the Revolution in 1781; from then to the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865, during which power machinery largely displaced hand presses; and from 1865 to the present day. In the sixty-odd years of this last period, there have been as Mr. Francis1 points out,

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Francis Charles M., Printing for Profit, p. 27.

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  • Title Page 3
  • Preface 5
  • Table of Contents 7
  • Introduction - A History of the Organization of Employing Printers in New York City 9
  • Chapter II 22
  • Chapter III 39
  • Chapter IV 47
  • Chapter V 61
  • Chapter VI 71
  • Chapter VIII 109
  • Appendix - Sections from the Contracts for Book and Job Officers 127
  • Bibliography 133
  • Index 137
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