|Administrative History||Joyce Austin (1911-1988), was a student under Leonard Jay at the Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts between 1935 and 1937. |
Leonard Jay (1888-1963) was born into a family steeped in the printing tradition, and from 1905 when he was apprenticed to the educational printers Hodgson and Son, he devoted his life to the craft, becoming one of Birmingham's most eminent printers whose work achieved high fame in the history of typography. After teaching typography part-time from 1912 and then full time at the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts, Jay was appointed first head of the Birmingham School of Printing (now part of the Matthew Bolton Technical College) in 1925, remaining there until he retired in 1953. Under his direction the students there produced about 192 books and pamphlets, many on hand-made paper, which became internationally famous for their exquisite beauty and fastidious craftsmanship.
Reference: The University of Birmingham, Research Libraries Bulletin (Number 1. Winter 1994).
|Custodial History||Material collected, and retained, by Joyce Austin and then passed to family members following her death.|
|Archival Note||Description prepared by Mark Eccleston, June 2017, in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997|