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Christopher Gausby Papers

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Gausby

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Gausby Papers consist of calligraphic, illuminated, and collage manuscript codices and broadsides, personal correspondence (much of it calligraphic), and other documents relative to the artistic career of Christopher Gausby. There are also published pieces by Gausby and color photocopies or digital versions of artworks, both those included in the collection at the Newberry and those held elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1979-2014



Materials are mostly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Christopher Gausby Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Christopher Gausby Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Christopher Gausby

New York calligrapher, illuminator, writer, and sculptor.

Gausby was born March 1, 1954 in New York City. He graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Beloit College in 1977 and briefly attended The General Theological Seminary in New York City. He taught calligraphy at the Craft Students League, New York City (now defunct) from 1983-1988. From 1989 to 2013 he worked as production editor for various New York City medical publishers. He is presently retired.


6 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)


New York calligrapher, illuminator, writer, and sculptor. The papers consist largely of codex artist’s books and broadsides, correspondence, and documents relative to the artwork of Christopher Gausby.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Original Artworks, 1979-2006
Boxes 1-5
Series 2: Documents, 1979-2014
Boxes 6-8
Series 3: Digital Materials, 1982-1993
Box 9
Series 4: Oversize Art and Documents, 1983-1994
Boxes 10-11
Series 5: Sculptural Work, 1998-2014
Box 12

Collection Stack Location

Vault 40 8 (Boxes 1-5, 10-12); 4a 30 4 (Boxes 6-9)


Gift of Christopher Gausby, 1999-2014.

Processed by

Paul Gehl and Mette Shayne, 2015.

Inventory of the Christopher Gausby Papers, 1979-2014
Mette Shayne
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States