Artistamp by Edgardo Antonio Vigo

The Correspondence Art digital library exposes a variety of intimate, postal themed works selected from collections housed in the Flaxman Library Special Collections. Included are examples of artists’ stamps, mail art, artists’ letters, and similar works. Some were collected fresh from the press or the artist’s hand. Others are well-marked by their travels. They provide a glimpse into some of the international networking practices of artists during the late twentieth century, prior to the widespread availability of the internet.

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The Ephemera Files, part of Flaxman Library Special Collections, are on individual artists, publishers, presses, book art galleries, and other initiatives promoting experimental art forms.

Searchable via the Flaxman Catalog.

The Goat Island Archives features sketchbooks, photographs, publications, and other materials documenting the twenty-year (1987–2007) history and creative output of this collaborative performance group, one that made significant contributions to the development of an internationally recognized performance profile both here at SAIC and in the city of Chicago.

Viewable by appointment. Contact jfabc@saic.edu.


Warren Menaker Thought Books
 is a series of sketch books/diaries ranging from 1975 to 2006 document Menaker's observations while he lived and worked in Chicago, and later in Phoenix. Daily entries contain hand-written notes, drawings, and collages.

Viewable by appointment. Contact jfabc@saic.edu.


The Threewalls Gallery Archives features exhibition ephemera, artist files, and other materials documenting the first 12 years (2003 - 2015) of an organization that has served as one of Chicago’s premier artist-run non-commercial gallery spaces. Through a range of exhibition and public programs, including symposiums, lectures, performances and publications, Threewalls created a locus of exchange between local, national, and international contemporary art communities. In 2016 Threewalls shifted their focus from a physical gallery space to an itinerant model in response to a contemporary discourse about the intersections of art, social justice and community. To this day, Threewalls continues to support artists and collaborative projects, and fosters innovative programming at various venues throughout the city. The archives at SAIC include commissioned multiples from the Community Supported Art (CSA) program as well as the archive of the Propeller Fund, a grant administered jointly with Gallery 400.

Their content has not yet been digitized but a comprehensive inventory is available:
Three Walls Inventory

The Tony Zwicker Archives contain the business papers, ephemera, artists'/publishers' files, slides, catalogs and critical writings of Tony Zwicker, a New York-based dealer and collector of artists’ books and book works that she accumulated from 1982 through 2000.

Viewable by appointment. Contact jfabc@saic.edu.