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Artists' Books in Special Collections and Archives

Learn more about the artists' books in Special Collections and Archives

Setting up a class visit

Special Collections and Archives can host your class for an artists' book class visit! 

A class visit usually can take between 1 to 2 hours. We will work with you to identify a selection of artists' books to pull for the visit and hands-on activities that fit your class objectives. 

Contact Laura Sorvetti to schedule a class visit or ask questions.

  • Laura Sorvetti, Public Services and Instruction Specialist
  • Email:
  • Phone: 805-756-2391


English 134 class using artists' books in the archives

Classes Who've used the Artists' Books

Some examples of classes who've come to work with the artists books:

English Courses:

  • English 134 - Visual Rhetoric assignment. - use artists books to think about the relationship between the medium and the message. 
  • Spatial Rhetoric

Art and Graphic Communication courses:

  • how to design books
  • digital photography courses
  • Typography courses

Architecture and College of Architecture and Environmental Design Courses:

  • inspiration and ideas to design thesis books