The collection contains the commercial work of Kistler Printing and Lithography from the 1920s to the mid-1970s. Notable contents includes proof sheets and paste-ups from Fifty Photographs (1947), First Penthouse Dwellers of America (1938), and Dance Memoranda (1946) that Lynton Kistler produced with Merle Armitage, as well as eight lithographs he made for artists (MC-10 to MC-13). The collection has been divided into two main series: Print Jobs (1922-1971) and Printing Materials (1975).
Series I, Print Jobs, consists of five subseries arranged by print jobs or genre. These are General, Books, Cards, Catalogs, Programs, and Exhibitions, and Multiple Print Jobs for the same Firm. The roman number-Arabic number (e.g. VIII-142) following the title is penciled on the piece and likely refers to the exhibition order since many of these pieces were displayed in 1975. Materials are filed alphabetically within each sub-series.
Series II, Printing Materials, contains printing plates, a paper sampler, and a small amount of manuscript material.
Posters and other large flat works are organized in a flat file drawer.