Special Collections / Book Arts & Fine Arts

Book Arts Collection

The Book Arts Collection brings together the work of famous printers, type designers, book designers, book artists and illustrators, as well as documentation on print processes and typography from 1850 forward. This collection also includes our extensive collection of pop-up books as well as our growing collection of artists’ books.

Fine Arts Collection

The Fine Arts Collection encompasses works of various artists, mostly catalogues raisonnées and other rare fine arts materials. Note that before 1992, many Fine Arts titles were accessioned into the Book Arts Collection, and thus, searches in the catalog limited to the collection name may not yield the best results for Fine Arts holdings.

Tobin Collection

The James D. Tobin Collection consists of materials on Japanese woodblock prints from about 1890, particularly print artists of the late Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. Included in this collection are rare exhibition catalogs and brochures, extensive research notes, photographs, books about prints, correspondence, and conference recordings.

Van Zelst Collection

The collection, spanning the years from 1959 to 2002, was acquired through a donation by the Van Zelst Family. It enhances the Tobin Collection by documenting the lives and works of Japanese woodblock printers Un-ichi Hiratsuka and his daughter Keiko Moore, including personal letters between the two families, exhibition materials, materials on printmaking, and catalogs of Hiratsuka's works. A finding aid is available for the collection..