One glory of our library is the body of books presented to us by Imre Kner (1890-1945), the innovator of Hungarian typography in 1943. The approximately 500 volumes represent the printing developments between 1882 and 1945, ranging from logical and comprehensible transmitting of texts, through ornaments with traditional Hungarian baroque woodcuts, to the typography containing only types. The special collection includes almost every publication of the Gyoma Printing House from 1882 to the present, giving the opportunity to those interested in typography to study the products of a printing house of great importance.
The Kner family had a very significant role in Hungarian book arts, considering the activities of the printing house founder Izidor Kner, his son, Imre Kner, his daughter, the bookbinder Erzsébet Kner, who lived in Chicago from 1948, and his son, the printer and graphic Albert Kner, who emigrated to Chicago in 1940. György Haiman, late head of the Department of Typography Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and being a Kner grandson himself, also discussed the role of the Kner family in Hungarian typography in his own research papers.
Imre Kner's words: "Our books are not copies of old books, they are not confined for little tricks, for the servile imitations of old books... they find the way from old formal traditions to modern technique."
The Kner Collection can only be used in the Research Room of the Main Building, the items can be ordered from the stacks with a call slip. The special collection can be searched in the card catalogue or OPAC, and is indicated with the word Kner before the call number of the document.