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Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Records

Identifier: RH-A-4316

Scope and Contents

This collection contains meeting minutes from the board of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. It covers the years 2005-2013.

The meeting minutes trace the organization’s origins as the board members discuss workshop planning, setting up their business website, and beginning the Edible Book Event and Poets & Print event. Also touched on are publicity, donor concerns, outreach, and Art Hop. Other business related matters include accounting, grants, composition of the mission statement, and collaborations with Western Michigan University and the Portage District Library.

Present at the first meeting were: Jeff Abshear, Pamela Rups, Michael Dunn, Rose Willey, Liz Faust, Elizabeth King, and Marianne Swierenga.


  • Creation: 2005-2013


Biographical / Historical

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) was founded in 2005. Their mission reads: “The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) facilitates, teaches, and promotes the practices of hand papermaking, printmaking, letterpress, bookbinding, and creative writing, through preserving and employing traditional technologies and combining them with contemporary ideas and techniques to reinvigorate the collaborative arts of the book.”

The organization often holds workshops in papermaking and bookbinding for community members and public school children in the form of field trips. They hold special events and sell handmade products.


.10 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kalamazoo Book Arts Center via Elizabeth Teviotdale.

Physical Description

This collection is about .10 cubic feet. The minutes are copies made on standard 8 ½” x 11” printer/copier paper. Some prints are light but readable. The corners of some pages have dark spots but do not smudge so it is likely something captured by scanner glass rather than excess toner. No text is covered by these marks. Overall, these pages are in excellent condition with no tears or folds.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Papers finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490