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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Sean Cocco

Second Advisor

Zayde Antrim

Third Advisor

Thomas Harrington


Plaça de l’Angel was a unique and privileged location for a printing firm. Its location within the Roman Walls and built upon the old Roman city of Barcino, and not on the manufacturing east side of the River Laietana where would expect it to be located, allowed it to share space within the same few insular blocks of the city’s power structure of church, state, nobility, and even its prison.

La Casa Piferrer was a thriving printing concern until 1898. I propose in this thesis that its privileged location was integral to its success and in particular to Eulàlia’s success as one of Europe’s widowed printers. La Casa Piferrer’s location at the power center of a vibrant Mediterranean city also conferred an authentic voice and time and framework for cultural liveliness and importance in the printed word of 18thcentury Barcelona, Spain.

[1] Some references date the firm’s demise to 1868.

[2] The wording of my thesis statement is a combination and expansion of the titles of two remarkable works: Thomas E. Leary and Elizabeth C. Sholes’ “Authenticity of Place and Voice: Examples of Industrial Heritage Preservation and Interpretation in the US and Europe, The Public Historian, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Summer 2000), 49-66. (Los Angeles: University of California Press on behalf of the National Council on Public History) and Christopher H. Newell’s dissertation “Place, authenticity, and time: a framework for liveliness in synthetic speech” for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of York (England), The Human-Computer Interaction Group, The Department of Computer Science, September 2009.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History. Access to full text is restricted to the campus only.