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Artists’ Books

The Maine Women Writers Collection acquires artists’ books primarily made by artists and writers in Maine, with themes related to feminism, women’s lives, the natural world and health, among others. In addition to the books themselves, we collect archival material associated with the lives and work of book makers in Maine.

Archival Material

Rebecca Goodale collection, 1999–2008

In addition to artist’s books created by Rebecca Goodale, researchers will find documentation on Goodale’s career as an artist and teacher.  The majority of this collection is currently unprocessed, but researchers can request access on site. In the unprocessed materials, there are photographs and catalogs related to her work as a textile artist and clothing designer, and extensive research and model designs for her artist’s books. Also included are photographs, ephemera and other materials that relate to Goodale’s childhood and later personal interests.

Martha A. Hall collection, 1998–2003

Martha Hall’s personal papers include unprocessed journals and sketchbooks, models for books, correspondence, and documentation of her career as an artist and business owner. Hall’s books and journals delve deeply into the experience of living with cancer. Her work explores the emotions that result from chronic illness and the accompanying relationship to the medical system.

Dorothy Schwartz papers, 1979–2014

The materials in this collection relate specifically to Schwartz’s project “My Darwin,” which was featured in 2009 at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery and highlighted at a Maine Humanities Council program shortly after Schwartz’s death in 2014. The collection includes a variety of Schwartz’s research on Darwin, from exhibition flyers to magazine articles. It also includes photographs Schwartz took at Darwin’s house, and various iterations of the work she created from these photos.