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Kay Amert research papers

Identifier: MSS 6804

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers, research notes, article drafts, and professional correspondence of Kay Amert. The bulk of Amert's research papers focus on the work of Simon de Colines (died 1576), a sixteenth-century Renaissance printer based in Paris, France. The collection includes detailed notes on individual books from the Estienne and Colines presses, especially the types used. The books she studied are housed in various library collections worldwide. This collection also contains the draft of several research papers and book chapters Amert wrote based on her research, and includes some pre-publication correspondence with her editors and publishers about her writings.


  • 1986-2007


Language of Materials

Materials in English, French, Italian, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from Kay Amert research papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Kay Amert (1947-2008) was a professor and typographer at the University of Iowa who studied French Renaissance printing and typography.

Kay Amert was born November 11, 1947, in Madison, South Dakota, to Henry and Arlene Amert. Amert grew up in Madison, and graduated from Madison High School in 1965, going on to attend the University of Iowa. In 1967, while a student at the University of Iowa, she established an imprint, the Seamark Press. Upon completion of her degree, she became the director of the Typography Laboratory at the University of Iowa in 1972. She held this position and taught at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication until she retired in 2006. Amert published six different articles during this time and was working on a book on Renaissance printer Simon de Colines when she died of cancer on September 5, 2008, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.


12 boxes (6 linear ft.)


Arranged into seven series: 1. Kay Amert research notes on Simon de Colines and his typography, circa 1995-2006. 2. Kay Amert photographs, negatives, and photocopies of type fonts, circa 1995-2007. 3. Kay Amert research notes on Estienne family, 1986-2004. 4. Kay Amert research notes on sixteenth-century printing, circa 1987-2006. 5. Kay Amert notes on Augereau, circa 1986-2005. 6. Kay Amert notes on printing marques, circa 1994-2005. 7. Kay Amert papers and publications, 1989-2007.

Custodial History

Donated in 2009 by Susan Amert, Kay Amert's sister.

One additional box was donated by Robert Bringhurst in 2012. He was given the material by Kay Amert to help edit a book of articles by Amert.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Susan Amert; 2009.

Donated; Robert Bringhurst; 2012.


Research based in part on material in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections' European books collection.

Separated Materials

A large number of photocopied articles, book chapters, and other excerpts from published materials were not retained in this collection. A bibliography of these works, including the relevant page numbers, is available at the repository.

Processing Information

Processed; Jeffrey Mahas; August 2011.

Addition processed; Jeffrey Mahas; August 2012.

Register of Kay Amert research papers
Maggie Kopp and Jessica Drollette
2011 April 6
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States