The Book Arts Collection contains a number of examples of fine printing and design, including a Caslon Type Specimen Sheet from 1734, “The Tribune Book of Open Air Sports” (1887), and “Of Birds and Texas” (1986). The collection also includes several examples of designer Robert Josephy’s works, along with a number of titles from Jan Tschichold, considered by some to be the most influential typographer of the 20th century. A number of presses are represented in the collection, including Hammer Creek imprints, Grabhorn Press books, and Insel Verlag.
“UTPA is one of the major universities in South Texas and it is important we continue to build its book collection,” Holman said. “Our Book Arts Collection is composed of titles that are unique to the library and should add to the library’s depth in the fields of book arts, history, art, graphic design and literature."
Holman served as the head librarian of the then Pan American College Library from 1951-1955. After that, he was the director of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas, and then head of San Antonio Public Library. In 1960, he was appointed the city librarian of San Francisco. In 1967, he accepted a position as professor in the Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and he retired from UT Austin in 1985.
"We are delighted that Mr. Holman decided to donate part of his valuable Book Arts Collection to the UTPA Library. The collection has some examples of fine printing and design that are unique to our collection,” said Dr. Farzaneh Razzaghi, dean of the UTPA Library.
The Holman Book Arts Collection is currently being processed, and will eventually be on permanent display in the Special Collections department of the UTPA Library. For more information, call John Asbell, collection development librarian, at 956/318-5282.