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Artists' Books

A guide to the artists' book collection in FSU Special Collections & Archives.

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Introduction to Artists' Books


Bookwalter, Denise, Robert Fichter, Bea Nettles, and Small Craft Advisory Press. Cropwork Orange. Tallahassee, FL: Small Craft Advisory Press, 2012.
Image from “Cropwork Orange - Small Craft Advisory Press.” Accessed August 4, 2020.

Artists’ books are publications that have been conceived as artworks utilizing the form of the book. They are distinct from fine printed books or books displaying art, as book artists envision unprecedented possibilities for the artwork. FSU Special Collections & Archives holds a collection of over 250 artists' books spanning a diverse range of themes, bindings, structures, materials, and narrative styles.

Locating Artists' Books in FSU Special Collections & Archives

All items in the artists’ book collection can be found in the FSU Libraries Catalog Advanced Search -

  • To limit to artists’ books, use either
    • Keyword: “Artists’ books” or;
    • Subject Heading: “Artists’ books” or;
    • Call number: “N7433.4”
  • To limit to Special Collections holdings, use Location: “Strozier, Special Collections”
  • Limiting by year (“Published from”) or language (“Language”) is often useful to Special Collections researchers
  • Filter search results using terms in left-hand column
  • Click through search results to get full records for books or collections
  • Anything mentioning “Special Coll” in Location information is available through the Special Collections Research Center reading room in 110 Strozier Library

A spreadsheet listing the books by title, author, date, publisher, theme, and binding/structural/printing method can also be downloaded below:

Artists' Book Instruction

We invite instructors teaching at all levels in all departments to consider a class visit to Special Collections & Archives during your course. Visits to SCA locations can include any of the following content, directed by you and/or SCA staff:

  • Active learning with objects from Special Collections & Archives
  • Orientation to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives
  • Introduction to archival and/or primary source research
  • Custom sessions built around your course goals and objectives

To place a request for a class visit to the Special Collections Research Center or Claude Pepper Library, please use our online form:

To further discuss the possibilities of a Special Collections & Archives class visit, place a request for a consultation here:


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