Gordon Monsen papers
MSMons88

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Monsen, Gordon L.
Title
Gordon Monsen papers
ID
MSMons88
Date [inclusive]
1952-1962
Extent
16.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The collection contains materials relating to Monsen Typographers and includes a family history of the business, Monsen type manuals, samples of products, photographs, manuals, newspaper clippings, and the business records of Monsen Typographers.

Preferred Citation

Gordon Monsen papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Gordon L. Monsen (1915- ) was president of the Chicago based firm of Monsen Typographers from 1950 to 1965 and co-author of Photomechanics and Printing. Monsen Typographers (originally Thormod Monsen & Son) was founded in 1887 by Monsen's grandfather as a small job printer specializing in the translation of foreign languages. In 1947 it expanded its operations to the west coast and opened a printing plant serving 11 states. The innovative Monsen firm was responsible for developing the Trans-Adhesive Map Type Impressions and the Kromotype color printing process. In 1935, Gordon Monsen invented and developed the Drop-Out Halftone process for lithography that was used by American Colortype, Viritone, Cut Teich, and A.B. Dick. Working with Herbert Helding in 1945, Monsen developed and patented the Color Computator for accurate visual predetermination of reproducible color effects. Monsen was active in the Society of Typographic Arts (STA) and served as treasurer of the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA). In 1953, he started the Gordon Monsen, Inc. Printing Company and in 1973 he established EdiTec, Inc. with his son, Gordon, Jr.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials relating to Monsen Typographers and includes a family history of the business, Monsen type manuals, samples of products, photographs, manuals, newspaper clippings, and the business records of Monsen Typographers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives November 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/22/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Monsen Typographers. -- Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Monsen, Gordon L. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Design History.
  • Printers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Typographers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.

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Collection Inventory

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