Author Archives: Jonna

Finding voice in the Indian Depredation Claims

“It’s a narrative story; it gives pioneers voice,” said author Jeff Broome last week, as I interviewed him on the phone. “Each individual one. And brings them to life. They’ve been lost.” Back in the late 1700s Congress passed a … Continue reading

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New Upton book compiles Little Big Horn literary gems

Capital A recently worked on the design and production of the latest Upton & Sons book. Richard Upton compiled Custer Catastrophe at the Little Big Horn, 1876 from nine chapters that were originally published in smaller forms, often not with … Continue reading

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Gold in exchange for steel

Excitement reigns in the quaint office of Capital A this morning. Firearms of the Fur Trade: The Encyclopedia of Trade Goods, Vol. 1, a book we worked on for an extended period of time, won Gold for the 2012 Independent … Continue reading

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An afternoon of history with a Spanish professor

As she answered the phone, all that could be heard was a dog barking, followed by a breathless “hello?” Laughing, she apologized as she took care of the dog and returned to the call, lively in every word and excited … Continue reading

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Library of Congress Has Us Covered

For the fall issue of OJ, we used another image from the Library of Congress for the cover. Since the the main article for this issue is “The Old Spanish Trail: John N. Macomb’s 1859 Expedition to the Canyonlands of … Continue reading

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We’ve been working with a whirlwind of Spanish the past couple of weeks. After much hard work, the files have been sent to the printer. Santa Clara University professor Rose Marie Beebe, one of our favorite collaborators, asked us to … Continue reading

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Hablar en español, por favor

Do you speak Spanish? Neither of us here do (at least not very well). I took a few courses in high school and an upper-level course my freshman year in college, but without daily or even just weekly practice, all … Continue reading

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Unfolding the Civil War with Disunion

The New York Times brings the Civil War—along with the memories and details pertaining to it—into focus on the war’s 150th anniversary through a blog, Disunion. Located in the Opinion pages, contributors to Disunion upload posts every couple of days to … Continue reading

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Opening up Pantone’s Color Box

So what sparked this explanation of the Pantone color-matching system? Cookies. Pantone chip cookies, beautifully crafted by a blogger and designer in need of Christmas gifts for her colleagues. Detailed cookie making isn’t part of our plan for this fall, … Continue reading

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A Closetful of Upton Dust Jackets

As mentioned last week, the reprint of The Custer Tragedy: Events Leading Up To and Following the Little Big Horn Campaign of 1876, has arrived. Quite pleased with how the dust jacket turned out, we wanted to share with you … Continue reading

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