The Center’s online catalog is an indexed, searchable online resource showing our Fine Art Collection, Reference Collection, and Archives Collection holdings. As a leading book arts institution, the Center developed our collections to further extend its educational commitment to the exploration and pedagogy of aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, and to encourage new dialogues about historic and contemporary book arts practices among artists, curators, academics, historians, arts administrators, librarians, collectors, educators, and students.
The Fine Art Collection comprises the Center’s historic and contemporary collection of over 3,000 artists’ books, book art objects, and prints created by artists and publishers of regional, national, and international significance.
The Reference Collection includes over 2,000 books, periodicals, artist monographs, and exhibition catalogs about the history and practice of making book art. It includes sections on bookbinding, printmaking, typography, calligraphy, papermaking, design, and book arts related fields.
The Archives Collection, our institutional archive, documents the distinctive history of the Center’s programmatic activities as the first non-profit book arts organization of its kind in the United States. It features over 1,000 items and includes postcards, invitations, newsletters, course catalogs, and exhibition catalogs produced by or for activities put on by the Center for Book Arts.
If you are interested in viewing particular holdings, the collections are open by appointment and welcomes researchers, artists, curators, educators, and students. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or request an appointment.