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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Martha L. Carothers is a book artist and Professor Emerita of Art and Design at the University of Delaware who specializes in graphic design and book arts (typography, book design, bookbinding, and letterpress printing). Her work as a book artist has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her books are part of museum and library collections including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
Carothers taught ART 309, Book Arts, at the University of Delaware for over thirty years. The course was designed to provide an overview of book arts, teach students binding and other construction methods, and guide student work in producing creative books. Course topics included conceptualization and ideation, execution, pacing, use of appropriate materials, craft, and attention to deadlines. Students in the course learned hands-on application of bookmaking tools such as adhesives, utility knives, bone folders, and binding boards.
"Martha Carothers | University of Delaware." Martha Carothers | University of Delaware. Accessed April 29, 2019. https://www.udel.edu/faculty-staff/experts/martha-carothers/
This collection comprises two series, I. Paper sample catalogs and II. Art and design publications, from circa 1963-2013 (bulk 1970-2000) collected by art and design professor Martha L. Carothers in support of her teaching and artistic activities.
Series I., Paper sample catalogs, comprises American and worldwide paper manufacturers' sample books and catalogs designed to advertise selections of paper for various commercial and artistic purposes. Samples contained within the catalogs showcase the physical properties of the varying paper, such as weight, texture, and color, and often demonstrate how the paper responds to a range of printing and mechanical processes available to the consumer. These include lithography, gravure, halftone, laserjet, silkscreen, coating, embossing, and metallic stamping. Many of the catalogs feature elaborate graphic design elements and offer the wide range of paper goods and printing services provided by the manufacturer.
The sample booklets are arranged alphabetically by paper manufacturer or wholesaler. The collection contains samples from large importers and distributors such as James River Corporation and Westvaco Corporation, as well as samples and specimens from independent proprietors such as Mohawk Paper Mills and French Paper Co. The series contains sixteen volumes of Champion papers'Imagination series, which ran from 1963 to 1988. Produced by Champion in collaboration with prominent graphic designers, each Imagination issue explored a single subject visually via photographs, typographical elements, and illustrations printed on a variety of Champion papers.
Series II., Art and design publications, comprises various magazines, newsletters, type-specimen catalogs, and other printed materials related to art, graphic design, book arts, fine printing, and typography from circa 1971 to 2002. The series is arranged into four subseries: II.A., General art and design publications; II.B., Book arts; II.C., Fine printing; and II.D., Typography.
Series II.A., General art and design publications, comprises magazines, newsletters, and catalogs on a wide range of topics including fine art, graphic design, color, process, photography, cartoon art, poster collections, art and design exhibitions and conferences, regional arts events, profiles of designers, and samples from design firms. Of note are publications by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from circa 1975 to 1998, which feature works by commercial artists, designers, and design studios and showcase popular art and design aesthetics in the late 20th century.
Series II.B., Book arts, comprises several small artists' books; newsletters and magazines featuring topics in book arts such as bookbinding and book production; exhibition catalogs; and catalogs of work-for-sale. The publications were produced by the Guild of Bookworkers; the Iowa Center for the Book; theJournal of Artists' Books; the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA); Movable Stationery; the Women's Studio Workshop (WSW), and several others.
Series II.C., Fine printing, comprises a small amount of letterpress and screen printing samples.
Series II.D., Typography, comprises magazines such asBaseline, an international typographics magazine, as well as several type specimen catalogs and directories by the International Typeface Corporation, Letraset, Photo-Lettering, Inc., and the World Typeface Center (WTC).
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Boxes 1-7: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
Box 8-10: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)
Box 11: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)
Box 12: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)
Box 13: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)
Box 14: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (20 inches)
Gift of Martha Carothers, December, 2021
Processed and encoded by Dustin Frohlich and Brynn Chieffo, March-August, 2022.
- University of Delaware
- Champion Papers, inc.
- Finch Paper
- French Paper Company (Niles, Mich.)
- Gilbert Paper (Firm)
- James River Corporation (Va.)
- Mead Paper Company
- Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
- Monadnock Paper Mills
- Neenah Paper (Firm)
- S.D. Warren Company
- Simpson Paper Company
- Strathmore Paper Company
- Westvaco Corporation
- Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
- American Institute of Graphic Arts
- Guild of Book Workers
- Iowa Center for the Book
- Minnesota Center for Book Arts
- Women's Studio Workshop
- Paper--History--20th century
- Paper--Sample Books
- Paper--Printing properties
- Papermaking--History--20th century
- Papermaking--Handbooks, manuals, etc
- Papermaking--Study and teaching
- Art and design
- Graphic design (Typography)
- Graphic design (Typography)--History
- Graphic design (Typography)--United States--History--20th century
- Book design--History
- Book design--History--20th century
- Book designers--United States--20th century--Correspondence
- Commercial artists
- Design studios (organizations)
- Exhibition designers
- Graphic designers
- Artists--United States--20th century
- Artists' books
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2022 November 7
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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Volume 1:Office papers; Volume 2: Flight; Volume 6: The West
Volume 7:Fire; Volume 10: Circus; Volume 11: Railroads
Volume 13:Sport; Volume 14: Trees; Volume 15: Scandinavia
Volume 16:Brazil; Volume 17: Australia
Volume 18:Hong Kong; Volume 19: Safari
Volume 20:Rivers USA; Volume 22: Main Streets; Volume 23: Catalogues
Volume 25:Fun and Games; Volume 26: White on White