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Artists' Books by Women: Manuscript Collections

Personal Papers of Book Artists

Nava and ClarissaThe Bingham Center has acquired the papers of several notable book artists which document their lives and artistic processes.

Nava Atlas Papers
This collection includes materials from her dual careers as a book artist and as a vegetarian chef and cookbook author. Includes book proposals, correspondence, proofs and dummies, reviews, and promotional pieces from many of Atlas' published works, as well as artwork, articles, and drafts from various freelance pieces.

Clare Leighton Papers
Clare Leighton was an English printmaker who immigrated to the United States in 1939. The Clare Leighton Papers date from the mid-twentieth century and include woodblocks, preparatory prints and drawings, and correspondence related to Leighton's artistic practice.

Ann Lovett Papers
Ann Lovett is a photographer and book artist. She received a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Her work is represented in national and international collections, and has been recognized by a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant and the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Program. She lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley, where she is a Professor of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz.

Clarissa Sligh Papers
Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, writer, and lecturer. When she was 15 years old she became the lead plaintiff in the 1955 school desegregation case in Virginia (Clarissa Thompson et. al. vs. Arlington County School Board). After working in math and science with NASA and later in business, she began a career as an artist, using photographs, drawings, text, and personal stories to explore themes of transformation and social justice. In 1988, she published her first artists' book What's Happening With Momma? through the Women's Studio Workshop in New York. Collection includes materials relating to Sligh's career as an artist, with particular focus on her various projects and exhibitions in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

Tamar Stone Papers
Tamar Stone's work is inspired by her own experiences of living with scoliosis and wearing a brace as a teenager, as well as her perspective on restrictions placed on women's lives. The Rubenstein Library holds one of her corset books, The untitled pink corset book. Her papers document her planning and research process for the creation of her paper books, corset books, and bed books. 

Mary Margaret Wade Papers
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Mary Margaret Wade received a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education degree from Howard University. She taught art at the independent elementary school, the Atlanta School, and worked with artists' book press Nexus Press. Wade moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1996 and was program director for Arts for Life-Duke, a program for children suffering life-threatening illnesses at Duke University Hospital.