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Chicago Hand Bookbinders Records

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-CHB

Scope and Content of the Collection

The papers are largely organizational records and newsletters of the association. There are also small numbers of photographs and spotty files on the group’s collaborative alphabet books, exhibits, and other projects.


  • Creation: 1979-2007



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago Hand Bookbinders Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago Hand Bookbinders Records 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.

History of The Chicago Hand Bookbinders

Chicago-based association of professional, amateur, and student bookbinders.

The Chicago Hand Bookbinders was organized informally in 1978; a first meeting was convened by Bill Minter on February 8, 1979. The club has since sponsored frequent exhibits of members’ work. 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).


5.4 Linear Feet (11 boxes)


Business records and newsletters of The Chicago Hand Bookbinders, an association of professional, amateur, and student bookbinders founded in 1978.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Organizational materials, 1979-2006
Boxes 1-4
Series 2: Newsletters, 1993-2006
Box 5
Series 3: Projects, 1979-2007
Boxes 6-9

Collection Stack Location

4a 30 4-5


Gift, The Chicago Hand Bookbinders, 2008.

Related Archival Materials note

Exhibit catalogs and two artists’ alphabet books created by the club are included in the cataloged Wing collection.

Processed by

Adrian Alexander and Paul F. Gehl, August 2009.

Inventory of the Chicago Hand Bookbinders Records, 1979-2007
Adrian Alexander and Paul F. Gehl, August 2009.
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