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Library Colloquium: History of Caxton Printers of Idaho

Library Colloquium: History of Caxton Printers of Idaho

Caxton employees stand in front of their offices in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1915

Assistant Professor and Archivist Alessandro Meregaglia will give a talk about his current research on the history of Caxton Printers at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 in Albertsons Library, room 201C. This event is free and open to the public.

Meregaglia will tell about the history of the firm and its founder, J. H. Gipson; the company’s remarkable longevity; and its importance to western regional book publishing.

Founded in 1907 in Caldwell, Caxton became a well-known book publishing company in the 20th century. Publishing fiction and nonfiction, the company primarily focused on books about Idaho and the Northwest, though it also published nationally known authors, including Ayn Rand and Idahoan Vardis Fisher. Caxton’s philosophy was to help writers from the West get published, regardless of the commercial success of their books—a noteworthy difference from most other publishing houses. Caxton is still in business today and continues to publish books about the Pacific Northwest.

Meregaglia’s research is supported with grants from the Idaho Humanities Council, Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Bibliographical Society of America.

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