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UWM Book Arts

About the Collection

The UWM Book Arts Collection endeavors to document and demonstrate the use of the book form as an art medium. As such, it forms part of the larger Printing & Publishing History concentration in Special Collections.

Collection development is through gift and purchase.


The book arts collection focuses primarily on examples of artists' book works from the late nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on examples of American book arts, especially those of the Upper Midwest, although selected examples of non-American book work, especially British, are also represented.


The collection includes artist-designed and handmade books; examples of fine printing; uses of handmade papers; examples of fine binding; innovative book structures; typographic design and experimentation. Emphasis is placed on the multiple or editioned work, although one-of-a-kind artist's books are selectively acquired, especially those produced locally or regionally.


It is the responsibility of the researcher to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce for publication.


UWM Libraries Special Collections

"ab[landmass] emerged out of a desire to represent change over time. I indicate this change with very simple typographic elements, the letters 'a' and 'b' as well as the deepening chasm of enlarging holes in the book, the absence of the page. The…

The Alder
A homage to poet and book artist William Everson

The Bicycle Diaries : One New Yorker's journey through 9-11
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Richard Goodman, like many New Yorkers, was on his way to work. As he crossed Madison Avenue, he looked south to see one of the World Trade Center Towers 'bellowing smoke.' He wrote, 'I could set my position in…