Mac McGrew gained a reputation within typographic circles as a leading type expert through his work as Type Director with Ketchum, MacLeod and Grove in Pittsburgh, his many articles published in various typographic magazines and newsletters, as well as his membership in several printing guilds. With the publishing of his book, American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century in 1993, his position as the foremost American type historian was established. Mac is one of a select group of people who have detailed knowledge of the transition from metal type to current digital methods. This knowledge must be preserved to educate today's students of typography, who may have no notion of the predecessors to modern computer typesetting. This manuscript attempts to explore the personal side of Mac McGrew; as the proprietor of a small private press, and his interests outside the realm of typography, in an effort to form a more complete composite of this renowned type historian and typographer.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
McGrew, Mac--Interviews; Type and type-founding--United States--History--20th century; Printing--United States--History--20th century
Department, Program, or Center
School of Print Media (CIAS)
Hurlburt, Karin Yvonne, "An Interview with Mac McGrew: American typeface historian and typographer" (1996). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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