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Arnold Bank Collection of Calligraphy and Letter Arts
or of sketching and drawing transferred to the use of letter design, on the beautiful blank
of a fine sheet of paper. . . . Now in doing it, it has to be clear and it has to be beautiful."
Arnold Bank (1908-1986)
Carnegie Mellon University professor in the Design Department from 1960-1984,
was a calligrapher of international stature. His career spanned the fields
of education, publishing, advertising, printing, and architectural lettering.
Bank, as a Senior Fulbright Fellow, taught at the Royal College of Art in
London from 1954-1957, and was art director in the
In 1985 the University Libraries acquired Arnold Bank's professional papers. The collection is rich in drawings for his major works and commissions, historical samples of calligraphy, teaching tools and lectures, correspondence, and samples of work from his students and colleagues, world-wide. A finding aid to the collection is available.
The work of
Arnold Bank includes the lettering for the inscription on the memorial to
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. at Rockefeller Center, the editorial lettering for
the serialization of