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PH. Print History and Culture

 Collecting Area
Identifier: PH
The department collects original materials that highlight the history of the book and publishing. Processed items include 17th and 18th century monographs and contemporary zines, artists' books and chapbooks. We are also working on a project to conserve and catalog a rare books collection of over 2,000 volumes from 1382 to the present in a variety of genres, formats and languages.

Found in 7 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.

Don Quixote Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0002
Abstract 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.

Early Rare Books Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0035
Abstract Spanning over 300 years, the Early Rare Books Collection is comprised of 41 editions. It includes early printed books in about equal numbers from the 16th and 17th centuries, and one 14th century bound manuscript. The collection contains original editions in a variety of sizes, languages, and bindings as well as facsimile editions.

John E. Parsons, Jr. Print History Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0043
Abstract The John E. Parsons, Jr. Collection consists of 148 volumes. The collection covers a wide range of subjects, including poetry, drama, and political and philosophical discourse. The publication dates span the period 1650 to 1903, and the locations include 18 cities throughout Europe and the United States.

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

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0053
Abstract 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.

Restaurant Menu Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0047
Abstract 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.

Zine Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0068
Abstract 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