The Archives provides the full text of primary historical resources from the 18th and 19th century, including Godey's Ladys Book and the Pennsylvania Gazette. The Archives contains databases of major Civil war articles from The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer. It also has a database of selected 19th Century African-American papers, including Freedoms Journal, The Colored American, The North Star the Frederick Douglass Paper (1851-59), and others. The Archives is searchable by keyword. It also includes Study Guides that will direct users to relevant resources on general subjects such as Crime and Punishment and Black History and prominent individuals such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
An artist’s book is a work of art that takes the form of a book. But what does that mean? And what counts as a book, anyway? Is it a bunch of pages that have been bound together, or is there more to it than that?
These are the kinds of questions that artists’ books try to answer. They play with both the form and the function of books as objects, encouraging onlookers to question traditional conceptualizations of “books.” They are usually handmade, often unique, and all different from one another. Because most artist’s books are hand-made and only crafted in small, limited runs, they offer artists a special opportunity to create books that are intensely personal.
All of the books featured in this exhibit are part of Miami University’s Walter Havighurst Special Collections. The materials on display reflect a concentrated effort to build a diverse, provocative collection that will challenge students to reconsider their notion of “books” while also paying tribute to the creativity and innovation of book artists across the globe.
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