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American Institute of Graphic Arts printed books and ephemera collection

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00436

Scope and Contents

Books and ephemera issued by the AIGA, including the AIGA Journal, Fifty books of the year, Children’s book show and other AIGA exhibition catalogues, and other miscellaneous publications.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1923-1968


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) was founded in New York City in 1914 "to stimulate and encourage those engaged in the graphic arts; to form a center for intercourse and the exchange of views of all interested in these arts; to publish books and periodicals, to hold exhibitions in the United States and participate as far as possible in the exhibitions held in foreign countries relating to graphic arts; to invite exhibitions of foreign works; to stimulate the public taste by school exhibitions, lectures and printed matter; promote the higher education in these arts, and generally to do all things which will raise the standard and aid the extension and development of the graphic arts in the United States."


1.979 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Inventory available in repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Finding aid to the American Institute of Graphic Arts printed books and ephemera collection
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-23: Updated legacy finding aid and published.
  • 2019-11-06: Added box list

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063