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Silver Buckle Press

Silver Buckle Press is a working museum of letterpress printing dedicated to preserving the craft of fine printing through educational programming, publications, exhibitions and tours. The Silver Buckle Press collection of books, wood and metal type, presses, and printing equipment is part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries.

For students, scholars, and the general public Silver Buckle Press offers opportunities for studying the history of the book and the cultural heritage of printing. Our staff is available to answer questions about printing history and practice, and to give talks and hands-on demonstrations. We provide intensive training to students on staff, and conduct tours for University classes and community groups.

History of Silver Buckle Press.

  rotating pictures of letterpress


Silver Buckle Press provides tours for classes and small groups or individuals. Visitors receive a brief history of letterpress printing, and look at examples of Silver Buckle Press projects and a variety of other hand printed pieces. Guests watch a hand type-setting demonstration, and are shown a press being operated (and are often invited to pull a proof). Tours can be tailored to fit your group or class needs. To schedule a tour contact the Silver Buckle Press.

Contact the Silver Buckle Press

Silver Buckle Press
236 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706

608.263.4929 (p)
608.265.2754 (f)


Detail of Parsons Decorators type page
Barnhart Brothers & Spindler specimen
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