At, our goal is to document and contextualize letters and type on historic signs, broadsides, and buildings.

Submissions that help us meet this goal are always welcome.


A community-based image database, dedicated to collecting, documenting, and preserving images of type and lettering on old signs and buildings in the United States.

Submit Articles

The Journal is a place for type enthusiasts to contribute to our understanding of the role historic lettering and type on signs, broadsides, and buildings has played (and continues to play) in our field. Topics may include, but are not limited to: materials, methods, cultural significance, type history, advertising, historical context, preservation, and architecture.

Although the journal is still in the planning process, if you have a thoughtful, well-written essay, commentary, interview, etc. you’d like to submit, please email it as an attachment to Word documents are preferred. Please attach any images related to the article as jpegs.

Editorial Policy and Process

All appropriate articles will be considered and reviewed by an editor. Articles will either be published or returned to the author with comments. Resubmissions are welcome.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for articles published in HistoricType will be retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the HistoricType Journal. All journal content, except where otherwise noted, will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDeriv 2.5 License. By virtue of their appearance in this open-access journal, articles will be free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.

Additional Information Coming in September:

Focus and Scope of the Journal >>
What to Submit >>
Copyright and Privacy >>

Guidelines for Authors
Although many contributors are experienced writers, we offer quick tips to help facilitate the editorial process.
Writing Tips >>
Style Guidelines >>
Citation Format >>
Reference Format >>
Summary Format >>
Submission Format >>

The Checklist
To facilitate the review process and publication, please use
this checklist to ensure your article is ready for submission.
The Checklist >>

For New Authors
If you’ve never written an article for publication before (or if you’re feeling a bit rusty), we recommend these online resources to help you get started.
How to Write an Essay >>
How to Write an Interview >>
How to Write a Book Review >>
Grammar Tips >>
How to Edit Your Own Writing >>