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Claudia Cohen collection of decorated papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00454

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of dozens of sheets of decorative papers collected by Claudia Cohen. Techniques used include marbling and block printing.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: late 20th-early 21st century


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Claudia Cohen has licensed these materials to be freely used, so long as the user attributes materials' original authorship. This agreement is governed by a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International) license. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Cohen, 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

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Claudia Cohen has been working with some of the top names in fine press and artists' books for over three decades, including Gehenna Press, Pennyroyal Press, Cheloniidae Press, the Museum of Modern Art, Grenfell Press, the Whitney Museum, and David R. Godine, to name just a few. It was at Baskin's Gehenna Press that she was introduced to the book arts, initially apprenticed to master printer Harold McGrath. That eventually (and circuitously) led her to binding and a five-year apprenticeship with Gray Parrot. She established her own bindery in Massachusetts in 1983, and moved it to Seattle in 2003.

In addition to her ongoing limited edition and design binding work, Claudia has indulged her passion for paper in recent years, issuing a series of books mining her own collections.

Working from her studio in Seattle, WA Claudia does accept binding commissions. She currently focuses almost exclusively on unique or design bindings, box making for special collections or items, and small editions that appeal to her interests.


2 folders

Language of Materials



Claudia Cohen is a Seattle based-book binder. The collection consists of dozens of sheets of decorative papers collected by Cohen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Claudia Cohen, December 2022.

Separated Materials

Thirty-five books bound by Cohen have been separated for cataloging.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Dan Michelson, March 2023.


Finding aid to the Claudia Cohen collection of decorated papers
Dan Michelson
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Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063