Daap Library Special Collection
This diverse collection of non-circulating objects and materials comprises items that are rare, fragile, aged, out-of-print, limited editions, finely bound and otherwise difficult to locate and/or purchase. Materials from the collection are available for in-library use; however, special handling may be required. It is necessary to make an appointment to view materials from this collection.
The growing core and focus of this collection is on historically significant works of book art by artists such as Sol LeWitt, Edward Ruscha, Dieter Roth, and many others. The collection also comprises several hundred hand-crafted books, many of which serve as excellent examples of fine binding and book illustration and reflect the artistic movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Book-making is a major component of the DAAP curriculum. The DAAP Library acquires examples of works of book art in order to provide a rounded view of contemporary attitudes towards the book and to inspire students to think outside the book. Materials from the collection are available for in-library use; however, special handling may be required. It is necessary to make an appointment to view materials from this collection.
The DAAP Library collects images related to art, architecture and urban development. They include current photographs of the built environment, historic photographs, architecture plans, drawings, and blueprints related to Cincinnati. Some highlights include: Aronoff Center for Design and Art, Cincinnati Modernist architecture, Great Houses of the Queen City, Cincinnati Victorian decorative painting, and Cincinnati Preservation Association’s slides (photographed over a 40 year span).
This collection consists of over 1000 books from the personal library of noted French art historian, Emile Mâle. The materials in this collection focus on French Gothic Art and Architecture and the influence of Eastern European iconography on it. Most of the publications are written in the French language and reflect Mâle's significant contributions to twentieth century art history.
This collection includes selections from the personal library of honored and renowned local designer, Noel Martin (1922-2009). Broadly speaking, the collection focus is on the various elements of design. Specifically, the collection comprises books and pamphlets on logo design; graphic design; font, typeface, and typography; typesetting, printing, and lithography; and innovative uses of paper. Noel Martin designed a remarkable collection of catalogues, bulletins, invitations, and announcements for the Cincinnati Art Museum, was an instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and worked as a freelance designer.
Also of Interest:
Cincinnati Art Museum Library
Founded in 1881, the Mary R. Schiff Library of the Cincinnati Art Museum has an extensive collection of over 100,000 items spanning 6,000 years of art history, including decorative arts, fashion and photography. The collection includes books, reference resources such as biographical dictionaries, periodicals, videos/DVDs, artists’ files, auction catalogs and online databases. The Library also has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists.
The Library is open to the public and highly qualified librarians will be happy to assist you and answer your questions. Library staff can also help if you’re looking for information on artwork or artists in the museum’s collection or in your own collection. For book lovers, there’s also an ongoing book sale.
The UC Libraries hosts the catalog of the Cincinnati Art Museum Library, and the library materials may be discovered via UCLID, the University of Cincinnati Library Catalog.
Contact the Library at email@example.com.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries hosts the catalog of the Lloyd Library and Museum, through an agreement. The Lloyd Library provides access to both historic and current books and journals, as well as archival materials, on a wide variety of disciplines of interest to the DAAP community including (but not limited to) natural history, botany, and the visual arts. Contact Lloyd Library staff.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries hosts the catalog of The Mercantile Library, through an agreement. The Mercantile Library collection is general, with special strengths in books pertaining to Cincinnati and Ohio. Contact the Mercantile Library staff.