With the fabulous help of 4 librarian/archivists (Amber Billey, Sarah Gentile, Heather Halliday, and Alice Shahan), the Booklyn Artist Alliance is organizing its vast collection of documents and ephemera from the last 10 years (1997-2008) into a coherent archive, ready for cataloging.
Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting books as an art form and educational resource. Booklyn provides educational institutions and the public with programming involving contemporary artist books, and to assists artists in exhibiting, distributing, and publishing innovative bookworks.
Right now in the office, we have over 35 cubic feet of original artist books, associated artwork (prints, drawings, etc), artists files and correspondence, and other vital records of publications, exhibitions, educational outreach, etc. Imagine trying to organize 10 years worth of correspondence, book mock-ups, artist’s proofs, prints, single-object and editioned books, cancelled checks, hand-drawn invoices, and much more! This archive is an invaluable piece of book arts history at the turn of the century. Over 60 important American (and many European and Asian) book artists and presses are represented in the archive.
Booklyn is looking to sell this resource to a worthy collection to raise much-needed operating funds. In order to facilitate this process, we’re giving away parts of the archive to YOU as rewards for your generous contributions!
This is a great opportunity to not only help Booklyn, but also find a unique gift for your artistic or literary friend or loved one. We have plenty of goodies to send to you in exchange for your hard-earned cash. Check out the list here, and look on our website for more information about the rewards you’ll be getting, and more info on the Booklyn Decade. Also check us out on Facebook!
For images and more info on the rewards, see the links below.
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