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Mahn Center exhibit focuses on Dard Hunter

ATHENS, Ohio (April 7, 2005) -- "Dard Hunter: Designer, Publisher, Scholar" is the subject of a new exhibit in Alden Library's Mahn Center that opened in early March. The exhibit explores the life work of Dard Hunter, the paper craftsman and historian from Chillicothe, Ohio (1883-1966).

As a young man, Hunter worked for a Chillicothe newspaper. Moving to the east coast in his early twenties, Hunter worked as a graphic designer for the Roycrofters in East Aurora, New York. From 1904 to 1910 his designs appeared in more than 200 books. The Roycrofters were a group that promoted manual methods during the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century.

In 1912 Hunter started his own paper mill at Marlborough-on-Hudson in New York. Returning to Chillicothe in 1919, Hunter made his home and studio at Mountain House, a structure on Carlisle Hill on the city's west side built in 1850.

According to the interpretative text for the exhibit, "Hunter was not satisfied with just practicing the art of papermaking and printing. He traveled to, and studied paper making all over the world. He became the foremost authority on the subject...[Hunter] remains an artist, craftsman, writer and world renowned scholar."

Hunter published a series of eight books on hand papermaking. For some of these he wrote the text, designed the artwork, created the typeface, set the type and printed them by himself. He also wrote two versions of his autobiography, published in 1941 and then 1958. "The exhibit includes all of the books Hunter authored as well as a number of the items he designed while with the Roycrofters," says special collections librarian Judy Connick, the curator for the exhibit.

Also on exhibit are handmade papers from the Friends of Dard Hunter Collection, a national group whose archival records are housed in the Mahn Center, and a recent biography of Hunter by papermaking scholar Cathleen Baker published in 2000.

The exhibit is outside and inside the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections on the fifth floor of Alden Library. It will be in place through the end of May.

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Media Contact: George W. Bain head of the Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections, (740) 593-2713 or bain@ohio.edu

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