Fine Arts Library Special Collections

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Image source: Photograph of Untitled (2009, Simon Esling). Fine Arts Library Artists’ book collection (09-026). [Detail]. Artists Books

This collection consists of unique, hand-made or limited edition books, predominantly created by past and present students and staff of the Elam School of Fine Arts. The collection also contains works by other New Zealand and international book artists.

Image source: Photograph of The Fine Arts Library Photo Books collection.Special Collections

The Special Collection sequence is comprised of rare, precious or unique art books and periodicals. It also includes a number of valuable Photobooks.

Image source: Example of Beverley Simmons handwriting (Elam MSS&A 2009/1). [Detail]. Reproduced by kind permission of Beverley Simmons.Manuscripts and Archives

The archive holds a growing sequence of material relating mainly to the activities of Elam students, staff, and the wider Auckland art scene. Notable holdings include the Thomas Gulliver Quoin Club collection, the Snaps Gallery records, and the Paul Beadle papers.

Image source:Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Scholarship watercolour awards 2007 postcard, Elam School of Fine Arts. Artists and Gallery files

The Fine Arts Library houses a growing collection of New Zealand art-related ephemera. It currently includes over 350 Gallery Files, and over 1,500 individual Artist’s Files.