Chicago Hand Bookbinders records

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

5.4 linear feet (11 boxes) of material consisting of the business records and newsletters of The Chicago Hand Bookbinders.

Biographical Historical Note

The Chicago Hand Bookbinders is an association of professional, amateur, and student bookbinders founded in 1978. Among its notable projects was a series of fifteen collaborative artist’s alphabet books in varying formats, created between 1987 and 2004. These books, typically in an edition of two, were raffled off with the second copies going to local institutions (including the Newberry Library and the Joan Flasch Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Library).

Additional Notes

Related collection: Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John M. Flaxman Library Special Collections