Book Project



The Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection
University of Scranton Archives/Weinberg Library


An extensive collection of American ornamental penmanship from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring professional journals, books and manuals, scrapbooks, penmanship samples, photographs, correspondence, ephemera, publication mockups, and a wide variety of original works by master penmen.

The collection also contains more than twenty scrapbooks containing examples of ornamental penmanship done by renowned master penmen.

The collection is open for research. Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections. Because of the size of the collection, as well as preservation and security concerns, the collection is not fully available to researchers. Please contact Special Collections staff for more details.

Your book will focus on one of the following:

  • Ornamental pen flourishes
  • Penmanship studies of the alphabet
  • Engrossing
  • Spencerian Script

You’ll research your particular gallery collection online and in person (appointment is September 20th, 12:30). When we visit the collection, you are allowed to take photos and ask questions about the collection. Most of the collection is online, but not all of it. You can also take a photo for reference than later find the high resolution scan online.

Size: Open but must be at least 12 panels (6 each side). You can design to fit 17” long or we can print on the roll paper at any length. Or you can spray mount and tape panels together to create your mockup.

DUE: October 4th