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Ladislav R. Hanka Book Arts Archive

 Collection
Identifier: 05-exws_hanka
The Ladislav R. Hanka Book Arts Archive centers on the artist Ladislav R. Hanka (1952-) a graduate of WMU and resident of the city of Kalamazoo. Mr. Hanka's art is primarily concerned with the flora and fauna of forests and lakes. His background in biology and zoology reflects his artistic interests. He received a BA in Biology from Kalamazoo College (1975), an MS in Zoology from Colorado State University (1979), and an MFA in Printmaking from Western Michigan University (1981). In addition, Mr. Hanka was a guest student at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, Germany (1973) and at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria (1979-1980). He also served a private apprenticeship in Prague with Jindra Schmidt, master engraver of stamps and currency (1979). Mr. Hanka has had a number of traveling exhibitions including: Visions of a Wandering Naturalist (1997-2001), 50 x 25 Book Arts Exhibit (1993-1999), Boreal Meditations (1995), and County Survey (1989-2001) to name a few. His art may be found at the Fogg Museum of Art in Cambridge, MA., the Princeton University Print Collection in Princeton, NJ, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress. His work may also been seen abroad at the National Museum (Prague, Czech Republic), the British Library (London, Great Britain), the Rembrandt House (Amsterdam, Netherlands), The Bookplate Society (Eubonne, France), Huang Zhe Temple (Sichuan Province, China), Jatson Chumig Special School (Lhasa, Tibet), and at the Graphic Arts Institute and Francisco Toledo Museum (Oaxaca, Mexico). The archive also contains correspondence between Mr. Hanka and writers and publishers, sketches, trials, artist's proofs and numbered copies of his art, reviews of shows, exhibition booklets, and hand-bound volumes of his books printed under the imprint of the Rarach Press.

Physical Description: The collection spans 51 boxes (approx. 26.25 linear feet). The materials are housed in a variety of containers all labeled simply as 'boxes' in this finding aid to maintain consistency in nomenclature across the various archival collections held in WMU Special Collections. Folders and individual items are enclosed in either custom clamshell boxes, archival Hollinger boxes, custom phase boxes or custom archival broadside mounts.

Dates

  • 1975-2004
  • Other: Majority of material found within Bulk 1981-1999
  • Other: Date acquired: 2005-01

Creator

Extent

51 boxes

Abstract

Bound and loose prints and artist's archive, which includes sketches, proofs, exhibition booklets, reviews of shows and correspondence between Hanka and other artists, writers, galleries, publishers, etc. Some of the books associated with this archive have been cataloged separately and are searchable via Western Michigan University Libraries online catalog otherwise they appear in this finding aid.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

Physical Location

Boxes 13-16 are located in the Rare Book Room Vault Cage. Boxes 35, 47, 51, 34, and 17 are located in the Rare Book Room Vault. All other materials are located in the 2nd Floor Annex.

Source of Acquisition

Ladislav R. Hanka.
Method of Acquisition Purchase and donation.

Creator

Title
Ladislav R. Hanka Book Arts Archive Finding Aid
Status
completed
Author
Sydney Small
Date
2013-06-17
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • August 10, 2017: "Box 17" was altered into oversize folders as top containers to reflect their accurate descriptions as graphic material broadsides. Items in "Box 13-17" have been altered into Objects, because they are individual books housed on shelves in the Cage.

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Waldo Library, Special Collections
Western Michigan University Libraries
1903 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5353 US
(269) 387-5221