I began interning with the Center for Book Arts just three days ago, and already I have become enamored with the variety of resources available in the Reference Collection here. The collection offers titles ranging from international exhibition catalogues on artists such as Doug Beube, Maturo Molinari, Bard Breivik, and Joyce Cutler-Shaw to instructional manuals covering techniques such decorative papercutting, fabric marbling, calligraphy, and photo engravings, as well as typography specimen books. Each day, I uncover new works of interest, and it can often be challenging not to simply spend the day reveling in the pages of each new book.
The Reference Collection is one of three collections at The Center for Book Arts. The other two are the Fine Arts Collection including artists’ books and prints and the Archives including Exhibition and the Center’s ephemera. All three collections can be viewed on-line via the Center’s website. The collections can also be viewed in person by appointment. Note that the Reference Library is currently being cataloged with approximately 40% completed.