Visual & Book Arts

Special Collections supports the study of all aspects of the history of printing.

Oxy's collections of Fine Printing, Artists' Books, Miniature Books, 15th- through 17th-Century Imprints, and 18th- through Early 19th-Century Imprints thoroughly document the development of printing and book design and provide fine examples of typography, papermaking, bookbinding, and illustration. Visit our Collections page for more information.

Through the Lawrence Clark Powell '28 and Fay Shoemaker Powell '32 Endowment Fund for the Book Arts, created for the College in the 1980s, courses in letterpress, papermaking and artists' books are offered in the Art and Art History department. To support the curriculum in these areas, Special Collections staff creates exhibits in the Library, and receives students for presentations where they can get up close to rare materials.

"Belonging at Oxy"

Special Collections and College Archives invites you to see the amazing work of more than 100 students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff who contributed their stories from the pandemic to “Belonging at Oxy.” The original pieces of art have been bound into an accordion-fold book, which, when stretched out, extends over 40 yards. You can see digital images of all submissions online, or we welcome you to come see the originals in the Special Collections and College Archives reading room on the 3rd floor of the Academic Commons.