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Wells College Book Arts Center Broadside Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CSC-0132

Scope and Contents

The Wells College Book Arts Center Broadside collection contains materials from 2000 through 2018, with the bulk of the papers dated between 2012 and 2018. This collection contains materials related to Wells College Book Arts Center and Wells College Press including printed materials.

Many of the broadside poems were printed as a part of the Visiting Writer Series that Wells College established in 1973. Each semester this series provides 4 or 5 free events for students that can range from public readings, writing workshops, individual conferences, and participation in discussions and classes from the visiting guest. Every writer of this series has their visit commemorated with a limited-edition, hand-printed broadside by Wells College Press. This collection contains work related to various Victor Hammer Fellows including: Katie Baldwin, Sarah Bryant, Heather R. Buechler, Terrence Chouinard, and Jenna Rodriguez. The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 by Robert J. Doherty to bring an emerging book artist to Wells College for two years to teach one or two classes a semester and print broadsides for the Visiting Writer Series. In addition to these responsibilites, the artist also develops curriculum, organizes events, and holds an apprenticeship at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler.


  • Creation: 2000-2018


Language of Materials

Broadsides are in both English and French.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Wells College Book Arts Center, a part of the private liberal arts institution Wells College, was founded in 1993 and focuses on hands-on learning of the history of the book through courses including letterpress printing and hand bookbinding. This institution serves its campus, community, and students through free lectures, workshops, and symposia. They established a Summer Institute in 2005 that hosts week long intensive courses taught by book artists in Europe and the U.S.


2 Linear Feet (2 oversized boxes)


Collection of broadsides from Wells College Book Arts Center. It includes posters and poem printed in the past 18 years.


This collection is organized into two series: Series I. Poetry Broadsides (2000-2018); II. Posters (2001-2018). The collection is divided by genre type and then arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The Wells College Book Arts Center Broadside collection was part donated and purchased by the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Wells College began donating posters in 2001. Poetry broadsides were purchased from Wells College by the Cary Graphic Arts Collection on the multiple dates; the bulk of the purchases being on February 24, 2017 and other purchases made on January 2, 2018, and April 25, 2018.

Wells College Book Arts Center Broadside Collection
In Progress
Alana Bourgeois
7 December 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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