18 April 2016
Clements library acquires a Columbian press from Howard Iron Works
The George Clymer press in its new home
The William L. Clements Library, located in the University of Michigan, is now home to an 1851 George Clymer Columbian printing press, courtesy of Mississauga’s Howard Iron Works.

The press was part of the library’s 2 ½ year, $17 million dollar renovation and sits in the library’s Avenir Foundation Room.

 “We are so very proud to supply one of our restored printing presses to Clements,” Liana Howard said. ”It’s an absolute honor to be able to assist [library director] J. Kevin Graffagnino in his dream to showcase the unique and breathtaking qualities of the restored William L. Clements Library. Our restorative skills could not find a more appropriate partner.”

Clements Library specializes in preserving and collecting original and primary source documents, maps, manuscripts, correspondence, books, prints, and early photography from 1492 to 1990.

Howard Iron Works Printing Museum and Restoration focuses on machinery from 1800 to early 20th century. The company offers restoration work for clients and supplies antique equipment to museums and libraries around the world.

Visit Howard's website for a behind the scenes look on the press’ assembly.
1. Rob M. says:
24 April 2016 at 7:34 AM
Very impressive!
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