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    AMAM Bulletin

    Published since 1944, the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin includes scholarly articles written by the Museum’s directors, curators, Oberlin College Art Department faculty, and art historians and scholars from other institutions worldwide. …

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    Artists’ Books

    The Clarence Ward Art Library has a growing collection of more than 900 artists’ books by established artists (such as Edward Ruscha, Damien Hirst, and Kiki Smith) as well as Oberlin faculty, students, alumni, and Oberlin town artists. This dynamic collection is a valuable instruction and research tool for students, faculty, and museum staff.

    In the spring of 2010 the Oberlin College Library received a remarkable gift of 100 artists’ books given in honor of alumna Ruth Hughes (Oberlin class of 1985). Explore our virtual exhibition of the Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists’ Books.

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    Digital Books

    This collection is a miscellany of Oberliniana and materials digitized to support teaching at Oberlin, including Hi-o-Hi volumes digitized for classes recently gathered for commencement reunions. All books digitized here are also cataloged in OBIS, our online catalog.

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    Mary A. Ainsworth Collection of Japanese Artists’ Books

    Mary A. Ainsworth, an Oberlin College Alumna of 1889, first traveled to Japan in 1905. Over the next 25 years, she steadily acquired a collection of Japanese prints and books of impressive breadth and depth. Ainsworth bequeathed her collection to Oberlin College in 1950. The Oberlin College Library’s portion of the Ainsworth Collection consists of 114 lots amounting to over three hundred volumes of Japanese Artist books. The works are mostly concentrated in the late Edo (1603-1867) and Meiji periods (1868-1912) with a few from the Taisho period (1912-1926). The collection also holds seven wood blocks for printing (two surfaced with etched metal plates). This digital collection has been an ongoing project and currently showcases half of the inventory. Further information is available on the Oberlin College Library Special Collections website