Oral history interview with Jack Werner Stauffacher, 1993 February 8

Place of publication, production, or execution
Physical Description
Transcript: 38 pages.
General Note
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr.. 53 min.
Access Note / Rights
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Jack Stauffacher conducted 1993 February 8, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Stauffacher speaks of his childhood in San Mateo, California and his early interest in printing; his collaboration with his older brother, Frank, a filmmaker, and his contacts through him with other experimental filmmakers including Man Ray and Oskar Fischinger; his developing interest in post-war modernism; and his connection with avant-garde group around "Circle Magazine" in Berkeley which included Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, among others.
He recounts his friendships with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Sam Francis, Hassel Smith, and Gordon Cook; his army experience and meeting Lee Mullican; the founding of the Dynaton with Wolfgang Paalen and Gordon Onslow-Ford; the preparation and printing of the Dynaton Catalog at Greenwood Press; the 1951 film of the exhibition by his brother; the changes and breakup of Dynaton; working on artists' books such as Francis' Lapis Press; and his interest in the history of type and its connections to the classical tradition in Greenwood's printing of Phaedrus, 1976 and Horace, 1992.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jack Werner Stauffacher, 1993 February 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms
Transcript available on line
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note
Jack Werner Stauffacher (1920- ) is a typographer, designer, and publisher from San Francisco, California.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for the transcription of this interview provided by Pasadena Art Alliance
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Record number
Stauffacher, Jack Werner, 1920-
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
Stauffacher, Frank
Greenwood Press (San Francisco, Calif.)
Publishers and publishing
Dynaton (Group of artists)
Book design
Archives of American Art