The Printery Campaign

We are excited to announce a new collaboration between Central Print and The St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL that will further our mission of preserving letterpress printing. Through this collaboration, The St. Louis Mercantile Library has acquired The Printery, one of the most revered modern American private press studios.


Via the collaboration, Central Print will operate The Printery, on Central Print’s premises, to preserve and make available for use this high-quality letterpress equipment and type inventory. The Printery, founded by professional book designer Kay Michael Kramer in 1970, is an award-winning private press that has produced incredibly beautiful books and broadsides. The joint plan of Central Print and the Mercantile Library to preserve The Printery will permit its continued use in keeping with Kay’s high standards and traditions in the book arts.

We are seeking donations to Central Print to preserve, maintain, and facilitate use of The Printery at Central Print. Your donation will provide essential financial support which will allow this opportunity to succeed.

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While supplies last, The Printery has offered special premiums for contributions received.
In addition, all donors at the $250 and above level will be honored as members of The Founding Donor’s Circle, and will receive special opportunities with respect to The Printery and other Central Print activities.


Make a donation to The Printery Campaign in the amount of your choice
See gift levels below for amazing premiums!


For your $100 donation receive your choice of one Printery 8½ x 11 broadside.

  • On Liberty

  • When I get a little Money, I Buy Books

  • The Art of Printing

  • What Are My Books


For your $250 donation receive your choice of one Printery letterpress pamphlet.

  • My Book and Heart

  • A True Depiction of all Manner of the Book Arts

  • On Human Vanity

  • The Mississippi


For your $500 donation you will receive The Printery’s letterpress book
Two Tracts: Information to Those Who Would Remove to America and Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America by Dr. Benjamin Franklin


For your $1,000 donation you will receive The Printery’s letterpress book
On Collecting William Morris: A Memoir by Jack Walsdorf

Make a donation to The Printery Campaign in the amount of your choice by selecting the DONATE link to the right. Gifts of any amount will help us present programming and make the high-quality letterpress equipment and type inventory of The Printery available for use.