Building Special Collections from Scratch: The Artists’ Books Collection at the University of Denver
Building Special CollectionsFrom Scratch: The Artists’Books Collection at theUniversity of DenverARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter Virtual ConferenceNovember 3, 2011Michael Levine-ClarkCollections LibrarianUniversity of Denver
Special Collections at DUBefore 2004 Unfunded Haphazard ReactiveSince 2004 Budgeted Planned Proactive
Overall Humanities Collection StrategyMonographs/jour nals Transition to digitalDigital primary source collectionsPrint special collections
We Have a Budget. Now what?Add to existing collections Cookery, dance , books on booksFind a niche Fine press / artists’ books Skiing
Why Artists’ Books?Reasonably affordableExisting interest on campusAntidote to electronic resourcesAbility to create a unique collection
FundingA little more each year $20-50,000Supplement with endowed funds About $100,000 annually
The Collection739 books Mostly contemporary Book as object Collections within the collection Colorado & the west Shakespeare Miniature books Cookery, dance, etc.