Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960

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Dates:
Birth 1880
Death 1960

Biographical notes:

Rollins was a book designer long associated with the Yale University Press (1918-1948).

From the description of [Letters] 1935 / Carl P. Rollins. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 352927040

Carl Purington Rollins was born in 1880 in West Newbury, Massachussets. He attended Harvard University from 1897-1900, and worked at Heintzemann Press in Boston before joining New Clairvaux, a rural Utopian community, in Montague, Massachusetts,in 1903. Rollins taught printing and ran the New Clairvaux Press before the community failed. He established an arts and crafts cooperative at Dyke Mill in Montague, which eventually became a press exclusively called the Montague Press.

In 1918, Rollins joined the staff of the Yale University Press and was appointed printer to the University in 1920. He designed and printed all Yale publications and ephemera,taught a course in bibliography, and established the Bibliographical Press in the University library for student use. He also established a home press, At the Sign of the Chorobates. He was the recipient of numerous professional awards and prizes and was named Printer Emeritus when he retired from the University in 1948. Rollins married Margaret Dickey in 1915, and they had two children, Margaret and Caroline. He died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1960.

From the description of Carl Purington Rollins papers, 1880-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702152634

Carl Purington Rollins was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1880. He attended Harvard University from 1897 to 1900, and worked for the Georgetown Advocate, a small country newspaper, before obtaining a position with D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press in Boston. He subsequently worked for the Carl Heintzemann Press in Boston before joining New Clairvaux, a rural Utopian community, in Montague, Massachusetts, in 1903. Rollins taught a printing course in the community’s school and ran the New Clairvaux Press. He left the community in 1904, after losing the sight in one eye, but returned to Montague several years later, and purchased the Dyke Mill. While the New Clairvaux community failed in 1908, Rollins remained in Montague where he had established an arts and crafts cooperative at Dyke Mill where furniture, textiles, and printed works were made and sold. Eventually, the business became a press exclusively, the Montague Press. In 1918, Rollins joined the staff of the Yale University Press and was appointed Printer to the University in 1920. At Yale he designed and printed all Yale publications and ephemera. Rollins taught a course in bibliography and established the Bibliographical Press in the University library for student use. He also established a private press, At the Sign of the Chorobates, from which he wrote and/or printed publications including Wine Making for the Amateur (1930). He was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the highest award of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1941. He received honorary degrees from Yale and was named Printer Emeritus when he retired from the University in 1948. Rollins married Margaret Dickey in 1915, and they had two children, Margaret and Caroline. He died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1960.

A bibliography, The Works of Carl P. Rollins (New Haven, CT: Yale University Library, 1982), associated with an exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library in 1982-1983, and prepared by Gay Walker, is an invaluable source of information on Rollins and his work.

From the guide to the Carl Purington Rollins Papers, 1880-1983, (Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections)

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Subjects:

  • Utopian socialism
  • Printing--Connecticut
  • Printing--Massachusetts
  • Printing
  • Utopiansocialism--Massachusetts
  • Collective settlements
  • Collectivesettlements--Massachusetts--Montague

Occupations:

  • Printer

Places:

  • Massachusetts--Montague (as recorded)
  • Connecticut (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts (as recorded)