Graphic Arts


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries broadly collect graphic arts materials including those dealing with the history of the book, printing, typography, illustration, calligraphy, paper, and allied subjects to meet the needs of graduate humanities and arts students and faculty whose research encompasses in these topics. The major part of the collection is housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library but other materials are in the Avery Library, Butler General Library, the former School of Library Service Collection which is housed in the 131st Street Annex, and the Starr East Asian Collection.

B. General Selection Guidelines (see classed analysis for detailed statement)

Overall, the libraries' existing collection, its current acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collecting goal for graphic arts are all at the research level.

C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs very extensively, periodicals extensively, and manuscripts selectively. We do not actively collect any other formats. Our existing collection also includes ephemera.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect late 19th and 20th century materials extensively and earlier imprints selectively. Our existing collection contains much earlier material.
  3. Chronological focus: We collect materials dealing with all time periods.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English and Western European language materials extensively and materials in all other languages selectively.
  5. Place of publication: We collect materials published in North America and Western Europe extensively and materials published in all other countries selectively.