As with any endeavor in the field of state and local history, proper planning will ensure quality productions and services.

Publishing is no different.

Edward Purcell explains the need and value of writing printing specifications for historical publications on any scale.

In this leaflet, Purcell defines printing specifications and their importance in serving as a communication tool between buyer and seller.

Purcell outlines how to write specifications and the 12 categories required in each set.

Though Purcell sets a baseline for specifications, he also recognizes that other requirements may be necessary and discusses the possibility of refinements in the original 12 categories.

Also included are three examples of specifications to guide those writing their own.

Technical Leaflet #142 (1981)

The information in this Technical Leaflet has been updated in more recent publications. It has been indexed for historical purposes.