Sackner Archive

The art of typewriting

This page includes three images. The first is the spine of a white book with red lettering. The title is The art of typewriting. The second is the cover, which is also white with red lettering. The third is open to a random page with samples of typed art.
A photo of the spine of a slender white book with red text that says The Art of Typewriting.

Spine of The art of typewriting. Ruth and Marvin Sackner. Thames & Hudson, 2015.  Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

Ruth and Marvin’s work The art of typewriting delves into a small but incredibly robust portion of their collection. A full-color work featuring some of the many typewriter pieces in their Archive, the book begins with some incredibly useful background information on how the Archive came into being before progressing into an explanation of the history of typewriting and the background and works of the artists featured within. Unfortunately, Ruth passed away just before the work was published and distributed. While Marvin was able to sign most copies of the book as intended, Ruth’s name was stamped inside instead.

– Margaret Gamm, Head of Special Collections & University Archives

 

This image is of a white book cover with red text which says The Art of Typewriting.

Cover of The art of typewriting by Marvin and Ruth Sackner. Thames & Hudson, 2015. Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

 

The book is open to a random page featuring several art pieces created by using a typewriter. The colors are primarily red and black and the words are typed into various designs, such as a diamond or dandelion.

A sample of pages from The art of typewriting by Marvin and Ruth Sackner. Thames & Hudson, 2015. Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.