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PH. Rare Books and Print History

 Collecting Area
Identifier: PH
Special Collections and Archives maintains a collection of over 2000 volumes which trace the history of publishing and print culture. Strengths include pre-1700 early rare books, nineteenth century juvenile literature, a collection of Cervantes books that spans from the 1620 first English printing of Don Quixote to the 20th century, and plays of the Spanish Golden Age. The collection also includes modern zines, chapbooks, and artists' books.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Artists' Books Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0069
Scope and Contents

Artists’ books are works of art in the form of a book. This collection consists of 67 artists’ books created between 1976 and 2012. It includes works by famous artists like Chuck Close and Ed Ruscha as well as young emerging artists during the period.

Dates: 1976 - 2014

Chapbooks Collection

Identifier: SCA-0079

Chapbooks are small books of poems, essays, or fiction. This chapbook collection consists of over 200 volumes published from 2000 to 2019, and includes works by Queens College faculty member Kimiko Hahn and other writers and poets like Sandra Cisneros, Stephen Dunn, and Louise Glück.

Dates: Publication: 2000 - 2019

Comedias Sueltas Collection

Identifier: SCA-0071

Plays of the Spanish Golden Age were published in collection (parte) or separately (suelta). Comedias sueltas were published in Spain from the early 1600s to around 1850. The suelta (lit. “loose”) format consisted of a single play printed in a small pamphlet, although many were later bound into collected volumes. This collection consists of more than 160 items, mostly from the eighteenth century, and includes works by famous dramatists like Lope de Vega and Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

Dates: Publication: circa 1700-1850

Don Quixote Collection

Identifier: SCA-0002

The Don Quixote Collection is comprised of valuable editions of and related works about Miguel De Cervantes’ Don Quixote spanning over 300 years. The collection contains original and facsimile editions in English, Spanish, and Italian, in a variety of sizes and bindings, and related works by other authors.

Dates: 1620-1933

Early Rare Books Collection

Identifier: SCA-0035

Consisting of materials from the early years of print history, the Early Rare Books Collection is currently comprised of 34 titles from the 16th and 17th centuries. It includes early printed books in a variety of sizes, languages, bindings, and conditions.

Dates: Majority of material found in 1512-1694

James R. Forman Library Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0076

James Forman was an important figure in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, serving as Executive Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) between 1961-1966, and a life-long intellectual and activist. The James Forman Library includes approximately 1,940 books; four thousand printed items (comprised of pamphlets, serials, and reports); ten linear feet of FBI files; five linear feet of media materials; and three linear feet of personal papers.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1964 - 2000; 1872-2005

Pages From the Past: Original Leaves From Rare Books and Manuscripts

Identifier: SCA-0053

This collection contains 150 objects from a portfolio set of “Pages From the Past”, collected and distributed by the now-defunct Society of Foliophiles in New York. They are individual leaves from original printed books and manuscripts in several languages, providing a compact yet extensive history of Western bookmaking from ancient Sumeria to the twentieth-century United States.

Dates: circa 2300 BCE – 1937 CE, bulk 1400 – 1850 ; Majority of material found within 1400 - 1850

Restaurant Menu Collection

Identifier: SCA-0047

The Restaurant Menu collection is an intentional collection aggregated over several decades and consists of materials and objects spanning from 1938 to the present. The collection is made-up largely of paper-based ephemeral objects.

Dates: 1938-2013

Zine Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0068

The Queens College Zine Collection documents the wide-ranging styles and tones of underground culture. The collection holds self-published issues from 1986 to the present and covers a variety of topics and formats

Dates: 1986 - 2023