The Cary Collection is one of the country's premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices. In 1969, the Cary Collection was presented to RIT by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust as a memorial to Mr. Cary, together with funds to support the use and growth of the collection. Today the library houses some 40,000 volumes and a growing number of manuscripts and correspondence collections.

In keeping with its policy of generous access, the Cary Collection is dedicated to digital initiatives that enable users all over the world to sample the wealth of rich materials housed in the library. This website is an example of such initiatives. The digital exhibitions on this site are all comprised of materials in the Cary Collection. Explore the exhibitions to experience the variety and depth of materials available in the Cary! 

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Moxon's Common Press


An image of an English wooden common press found in Joseph Moxon's Mechanick Exercises: Or, The Doctrine of Handy-Works: began January 1, 1677.

Diagram with Glossary

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Diagram of the Uncommon Press with parts labeled.

Still with Print


Jenna Doran, a fourth-year microelectric engineering student from Olympia, WA., holds a print of the First Amendment, made on an 18th-century-style…