The Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, antique printing presses, papermaking materials and bindery equipment. The wood type was created circa 1900 for Metropolitan Showprint, a New England advertising company. The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art purchased the Metropolitan collection in 1997. The refurbished letterpress studio was named for Arthur Goldsmith – retired librarian, book collector and longtime Clarksville resident. The Goldsmith Press was established to create an interdisciplinary self-publishing facility on the campus of Austin Peay for students, faculty, visiting artists and community members. / / / / / The press was realized through the hard work and inspiration of it's director and founder Cynthia Marsh.