In the world of calligraphy one public collection stands out: The Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering. Located in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, the Harrison Collection is one of the most remarkable collections of its kind, a storehouse of original calligraphic manuscripts, as well as fine prints, broadsides, roughs, drawings and sketches. While the focus is on contemporary calligraphy, a look back at the development of bookhands is represented in a selection of medieval through seventeenth century leaves.
San Francisco resident Richard Harrison (1909-1990) loved and practiced calligraphy; he corresponded with scribes whose work he commissioned and later gave to the San Francisco Public Library. Harrison’s gift coincided with the opening of the Special Collections Department, becoming a cornerstone collection that would include the Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book, and the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor.
|"A rose is a rose is a rose" by Gertrude Stein. Calligraphy by Georgia Deaver, circa 1980s.|