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University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

Art--20th century; Artists' books; Mail art

The collection, formed by Francis "Frankie" Brown from 1971 to 1984, was purchased in 1985.

The collection forms a major component of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Book Arts Collection which is especially strong in Victorian book arts and unique contemporary bookworks. It contains material produced by and for the artists' books movement in its earliest years (1960s). It includes artists, books, catalogues, periodicals, and a large collection of correspondence, ephemera, and reference material relating to the formation of the collection and the artists' books movement in the United States in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Representative items from Europe, Latin America, and Asia are also included. Many difficult-to-locate periodical titles are found in the collection.


600 monographs; over 200 serials.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is 30% catalogued on OPAC. The rest is accessible through dealers' slips. LC subject headings and classification are used.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition and the size of the material warrant.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.