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:
Founded in 1881, the Mary R. Schiff Library has an extensive collection of over 100,000 items, which covers six thousand years of art and art history. The collection includes books, periodicals, clipping files and online databases. The library has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists, a broad range of auction houses catalogs starting from the 1900s, and an exclusive collection of reference materials. The Cincinnati Art Museum Archives houses records of the Art Museum dating from 1875 to present, and records of the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1868 to 1998. While a significant portion of the library remains uncataloged, the cataloged materials may be discovered via UCLID, the University of Cincinnati Library Catalog. Contact the Head of the CAM Library, Galina Lewandowicz or Elizabeth Meyer
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.