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Elmer Adler Book Collecting Prize: Elmer Adler

Currently enrolled Princeton undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

Elmer Adler

Born in 1884 in Rochester, New York, Elmer Adler was a printer, publisher, editor, and author. Adler founded The Pynson Printers, a private press in New York in 1922, helped found Random House in 1927, and founded the periodicals Colophon: A Book Collector’s Quarterly in 1930 and the New Colophon in 1947. An avid collector of books and fine prints, Adler moved his collection to Princeton University in 1940, where he also established a department of graphic arts, served as a professor, and was a curator for the library. Adler died in 1962.