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Workshop offers students the opportunity to study rare documents from New Spain

On a cold and rainy spring Chicago day, students inside the famed Newberry Library accessed an array of rare manuscripts and materials for study and discussion.  The workshop, titled “New Spain at the Newberry Library: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection,” took...

covers of Lumen animae and Chronicon Hierosolymitanum

Encouraging Discovery and Learning: Acquiring Rare Books for ASU Students

  That book is really old! It even smells old. When’s it from? Look at its cover! Is that leather? How'd they make that?   ...

Cover of Hold by Jan Vicar and Sally Ball

Diving Deeper: An Artist Book's Impact on Campus and Beyond. Documenting When Distinctive Collections is Working Well

Cover of "Hold." Photo courtesy of Julie Tanaka      Layer up...

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Our Grand Neighbor

ASU sits about 200 miles south of one of nature’s wonders, the Grand Canyon. A river valley situated in the Colorado Plateau, the Canyon spans some 277 miles and reaches a width of nearly 18 miles at various points and a depth of over a mile. The towering, craggy, bright-orange rock...

Maria Juliette Escudero

Women's History Month: Dr. Maria Juliette Escudero, Professor of Spanish, 1948 to 1977

By Christine Marin Professor emerita and Founder of the Chicano/a Research Collection, Arizona State University It’s March, 2022,...

Hotel Albert: Poems by Diane di Prima

Diving Deeper into ASU's Rare Books and Manuscripts: Diane di Prima, Feminist Beat Poet

Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934-October 25, 2020) was a famous Beat Poet, political activist, esteemed editor and publisher within the artistic world. Her creative reach has impacted the lives of many. Publishing her first book, “This Kind of Bird Flies Backwards,” in 1958, di Prima ...

Clarissa Sligh

Celebrating Black History Month - Clarissa Sligh

In honor of Black History Month, Rare Books and Manuscripts is highlighting three pieces by Clarissa Sligh from our contemporary artist’s book collection.  Clarissa Sligh’s work draws on her own experiences and understandings of how events in her life interact with specific moments...

Booklet for the exhibit Shoestring Productions: Brazilian Storytelling through Contemporary Woodcuts, Artist's Books, and Small Press Books (1997-2021)

Current exhibit through January 18: Shoestring Productions: Brazilian Storytelling through Contemporary Woodcuts, Artists’ Books, and Small Press Books (1997-2021)

In the exhibit Shoestring Productions: Brazilian Storytelling through Contemporary Woodcuts, Artists’ Books and Small Press Books (1997-2021), the Arizona State University Library is highlighting a small part of its collection of woodcuts, artists’ books and small press books, to fe...

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Introduction to Thunderbird School of Global Management Archives and Pub

The Thunderbird collections represent unique materials that document the rich 75 year history of the top schools for international business in the world. Thunderbird’s cultural heritage is an important part of the School’s brand and image and an important connection to students and ...