The Palace Print Shop & Bindery

A relatively new addition to the exhibit is the working bindery. Here you will find 19th century tools used to produce blank books and limited edition press books.
Larger equipment exhibited in this area


includes a treadle operated saddle clipper, once used at the Estancia News Herald, and a book press that belonged to Walter V. Hayt, a bookseller and stationer located on San Francisco Street in Santa Fe in the late 19th century. There are wood sewing frames and finishing presses and elaborate handle tools for decorating leather bindings.


Engravings The Press of the Palace printing plate collection is made up of more than 5,000 items. This includes relief printing plates in wood and linoleum created by New Mexico artists as well as copper and zinc plates that have been produced by a photo mechanical process. The collection documents New Mexico history through images of regional art and architecture, folklife, commercial developments, and the environment. By appointment, researchers can access the collection through a card cataloging system and secure rights to reproduction.


Library Also housed at the Press of the Palace is a collection of books, periodicals, and pamphlets focusing on the arts of the book. Printing history, calligraphy, papermaking, illustration and typography are just a few of the topics covered by the volumes. Current periodicals tell of book exhibits throughout the country, design, competitions, equipment for sale and workshops offered in various hand techniques used in the making of books. The research library is open to the public during regular Museum hours; however, an appointment for using this facility is advised.


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