The Baylor Libraries Book Arts Collection began in 2007, with the acquisition of a collection of artists' books by artist Maddy Rosenberg. Since that time, the collection has grown to nearly 1500 works representing numerous artists and presses. The collection functions as a teaching collection for both studio artists working in the medium as well as various disciplines outside the arts. The collection is available for group and class meetings as well as individual appointments. The collection has also been the highlight of visits from area and regional arts organizations such as the Waco Calligraphy Guild, The Texas Mexico Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, and the Lone Star Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. Recent examples of classes using the collection include medical humanities, history, introduction to art, graphic design, typography, non-woven fibers, mixed media, drawing, illustration, and book arts seminar. The collection includes a wide ranging representation of everything from single-page constructions, complex forms, sculptural bookworks, fine press, letterpress, photography, handmade papers, textiles, collaborative works, and more. See highlights of the collection on instagram @BaylorBookArts.
For questions about the collection or to see selections from the collection, please contact Sha Towers, Curator of the Baylor Book Arts Collection, Art Liaison Librarian, and Associate Dean for Research & Engagement.