The Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries was most pleased with its acquisition of the letter from Frederic W. Goudy to Sherwin Cody written on 18 August 1935 because it captures the working environment of Goudy later in his career and sets the stage for his formal recognition of the participation of his wife in these typographic ventures after she has been rendered incapable of contributing to them further because of what Goudy describes as her "cerebral thrombosis." The Special Collections Research Center was also remarkably fortunate to have most of the documentary trail that records this whole process associated with the formal tribute, and it was deemed appropriate to relate these details in this publication.
When a fire on the evening of 10 January 1908 destroyed floors five through twelve of the Parker Building at 225 Fourth Avenue in New York City, Frederic W. Goudy, the highly respected American graphic artist and type designer, thought he had lost most of his type, matrices, designs, presses, and other equipment.
Sherman." (3) The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library has in its Frederic W. Goudy Collection the actual receipt for the sale of the Village type and matrices to Sherman.