The Crafty Librarian: Spring 2021

The Crafty Librarian: Spring 2021

ACC librarian Beth Goodrich shares recent highlights and acquisitions from our Library & Archives.
Published on Friday, March 19, 2021. This article appears in the Spring 2021 issue of American Craft Magazine.
Author Beth Goodrich
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The American Craft Council Library & Archives in Minneapolis contains the country’s most comprehensive archive of contemporary American craft history, with more than 20,000 print publications, files on nearly 4,000 craft artists, four major archival collections, and a robust digital collection. Here, librarian Beth Goodrich shares recent acquisitions and highlights.


Colorful poster with rainbow and clouds that says Lipofsky on top
Mostly white poster with image of person blowing glass

The estate of glass artist Marvin Lipofsky recently donated his collection of nearly 200 craft-related posters, dating from the early 1960s. The ACC library aims to have the complete inventory posted on the library website in the coming months.


Goshorn exhibition catalog book cover

Weaving History Into Art: the Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn, a catalog publication to accompany the exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum. The exhibition represents the legacy of basket weaver Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, 1957-2018), whose influence is reflected in the works of four contemporary Native American artists. | @gilcreasemuseum

Another Work Is Possible book
Greenwood woodworking DVD
Joined furniture guide book

The publishers of Mortise & Tenon magazine have released a number of beautifully photographed resources for the student of fine woodworking. Another Work Is Possible (book and documentary on DVD) tells the story of Charpentiers Sans Frontières (CSF, “Carpenters Without Borders”) traveling to rural Maine to build a blacksmith shop for Mortise & Tenon magazine ($50). Apprenticeship Series: Greenwood (DVD) brings the woodworker away from the lumber yard and into the woods to develop a deep understanding of the material ($25). Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery by Joshua A. Klein celebrates the beauty of process when working with hand tools ($21). | @mortise_and_tenon_mag

Anni and Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal is the first monograph to explore the careers and relationship of the two artists together in one volume. It is richly illustrated with 750 images of artwork, photographs, and archival documents.

By Nicholas Fox Weber
Phaidon, 2020

Anni and Josef Albers book by Nicholas Fox Weber


Craft Desert publication

Craft Desert is a subscription-based zine published biannually by craft artists and San Diego State University faculty Adam John Manley and Kerianne Quick. Each issue takes an expansive look at craft in the places “where innovative craftwork is plentiful but often hidden, overlooked, or mislabeled.” / $55 per year (2 issues) | @craftdesert

Inuit Art Quarterly, published by the Inuit Art Foundation in Toronto, has just been added to our periodical collection. IAQ is the “globe’s only magazine dedicated to circumpolar Indigenous art.” / $44 per year (4 issues) | @inuitartfoundation

Inuit Art Quarterly publication

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