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Online presentation

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7pm

The Seattle Art Museum has two research libraries: the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library at SAM downtown and the McCaw Foundation Library at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. In the last few years, library staff at both libraries recognized a real desire to develop a book arts collection and an effort was begun.

The collection is small—just a few hundred titles to date—but is growing. It is represented at both libraries, and includes: artists’ books, zines, broadsides, and photobooks. Traci Timmons, Senior Librarian, will share examples, how the collection got started, how it has developed, how the libraries are raising awareness about the collection, and future plans.


Jessixa Bagley. The Land of Unseen. Seattle, WA: Jessixa Bagley, 2016. Photo: Natali Wiseman.

Regina Schilling. Hey Lady zines. Olympia, WA: Regina Schilling, 2015- Photo. Natali Wiseman.

Post presentation update:

NOW AVAILABLE: Recording of Traci Timmons' online presentation

For all of you who missed it or just want to revisit it (and assuming everything worked right) you should now be able to watch the recording of Traci's presentation by clicking HERE.

If you have further questions about the collection, email Traci at

If you want to explore the digitized artist book collection Traci mentions in her talk, is is introduced here

A direct link to the entire catalog of artist books in the SAM collection is HERE

A direct link to the catalog of the Chris Harris Photobook collection is HERE


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