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John R. Bowman typeface, 1960

Identifier: 000.01.07

Three printed copies/sheets of the alphabet in capital letters, followed by punctuation marks and the numbers 0 through 9; all done in a Copper Plate Typeface that was customized by John R. Bowman. Bowman developed this typeface in the early 1960s for use in the Federal Center, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in downtown Chicago. The font subsequently became the one used by Mies' architectural office.


  • circa 1960


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Files


John R. "Jack" Bowman provided the typeface sample to Dudley Fisher in 2010 for a project Fisher was working on at the time. Fisher subsequently offered the materials from Bowman to IIT Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Was formerly 2012.042.


Mindy C. Pugh, Assistant University Archivist

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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