The California Society of Printmakers (CSP), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the oldest printmaking organization in the nation. Originally founded in 1912 as the California Society of Etchers, it reflected a surge of printmaking activity in the West during the early part of the century. In 1968 the California Society of Etchers merged with the Bay Area Printmakers to form the present California Society of Printmakers.

More information:
100 Years of Printmaking: A Brief History
California Society of Printmakers: 2013 Centennial
CSP on Wikipedia


The California Society of Printmakers archive is located at the Bancroft Library on the campus of at the University of California, Berkeley. The collection includes past journals, newsletters, bulletins, minutes, exhibition information, correspondence and other miscellany. Search the UCB online catalog, Pathfinder , using California Society Printmakers in the “author-organization keywords” field. The electronic finding aid assists locating CSP historical records from 1925 to the present. All of these materials are accessible to the public, but must be requested from storage five days in advance.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Bancroft Library Tour

    April 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  2. Opening Reception for “Thinking Outside the Frame” at New Museum Los Gatos

    May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Annual Meeting

    May 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Opening Reception for “Points of Departure” at Bridge ARTSpace

    May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Workshop: Solarplate Monoprinting with Dan Welden

    May 20 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 4:00 pm