Claremont Colleges

Claremont Colleges: Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections. 800 Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.

Built by Dr. Jeffrey D. Groves, Harvey Mudd College, while on sabbatical, 2011-12. Modeled on the Isaiah Thomas press (1747) at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The building of this press has been described in:

Jeffrey D. Groves. “Pressing Matters: An experiential study of the Isaiah Thomas printing press at the American Antiquarian SocietyCommon-Place, vol. 13, no. 10 (October 2012).

Detailed descriptions are given in four reports: “Building a Common Press: Or, my Excellent Sabbatical Adventure”

Report 1 (January 2012), in which my appreciation for eighteenth-century joinery grows immensely.

Report 2 (March 2012), in which our author observes that the largest saw in your workshop is never quite large enough.

Report 3 (April 2012), in which our author balances real progress made against considerable work yet to do.

Report 4 (June 2012), in which the press, having reached an appropriate level of maturity, leaves home.