Collection RBSC-ARC-1826 - Black Stone Press Collection

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Black Stone Press Collection

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance and contents of the fonds.

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35 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

Blackstone Press was a letterpress that operated on Granville Island from 1996 to 2021. It was run by David Clifford and, starting in 2005, his daughter Yasmine Franchi.

Clifford began a six-year printing apprenticeship in London in 1951 at the age of 15. After several years in the printing industry, he moved to France in 1962 and worked at Imprimerie Meyerbeer before moving to Vancouver in 1970. Clifford worked as a graphic designer until 1996, when he founded Black Stone Press.

The press used primarily polymer type and operated a variety of vintage presses, including three Heldelberg Winmill presses, to produce their work.

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The collection spans the full range of years that the press was in operation and demonstrates the breadth of their letterpress work.

It contains a series with books such as artists’ books and chapbooks that were printed by the press and another that collects ephemeral material such as greeting cards and promotional material for businesses.

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The fonds was acquired by RBSC from David Clifford in 2020.


Arrangement was imposed by by the student archivist as there was no discernible original order to the materials. Records have been arranged to reflect their general type, corresponding with the intellectual order represented in this description. When possible, they have been organized chronologically.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Collection arranged and described by Mya Ballin in October 2021.

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