Margaret Atwood refers to Robert Bringhurst as a “polylingual polymath” who has made significant contributions in cultural studies, poetry, translation, and typography.
He has been acknowledged by several major awards, including the American Printing History Association’s Laureate Award “in grateful recognition of his services in advancing understanding of the history of printing and allied arts.” In 2013 he received the Order of Canada and was cited for his contributions on the local, regional, national, and international level. His citation read “… revered poet, cultural historian, and typographer. He has enriched our literary canon with his distinctive poetry. His translations of Haida works have helped to preserve the culture and language of first nations. His book, The Elements of Typographic Style, is a classic.”
Now SFU Special Collections and Rare Books can share that literature with the larger community. Bringhurst’s archive from 2000 to 2013, plus some earlier material, has been deposited with, and is available for research in, the Special Collections and Rare Books Division of the W.A.C. Bennett Library on SFU’s Burnaby campus.
The Bringhurst Archive consists of books, broadsides, pamphlets, background and research materials relating to his publications, and lectures (some of which have never been published). Included is an extensive and rich correspondence of both letters and emails to and from Bringhurst. His bibliography runs to more than 150 pages.