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Rai Peterson Book Arts collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-022

Scope and Contents

This collection includes books produced from the Manifesto Book Arts course (ENG 444) later known as the Book Arts Collaborative course (ENG 400/04). The Manifesto Book Arts course materials date from 2010-2016, and the Book Arts Collaborative course materials date from 2017-2019. The first series has multiple subseries that consist of numerous authors per year, whereas the second series only has one author per year.


  • 2010 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Biographical / Historical Note

The books in this collection are from two different courses that are taught by Rai Peterson. The first course was referred to as the Manifesto Book Arts course that would have students individually write, design, and bind a book for the course. Later after the creation of the local Muncie business, The Book Arts Collaborative, the course changed into the Book Arts Collaborative. Along with the name change of the course the final project changed from producing individual books to the students working together to produce one book as a class. The newly named course enstills each student with hands-on learning and management skills by participating in the Muncie business. The students then teach letterpress printing, binding of hand-sewn books, and instruct community workshops.


6 Cubic Feet (6 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Rai Peterson's Manifesto Book Art projects, 2010-2016

Subseries 1: Manifesto Book Arts projects, 2010

Subseries 2: Manifesto Book Arts projects, 2011

Subseries 3: Manifesto Book Arts projects, 2012

Subseries 4: Manifesto Book Arts projects, 2013

Subseries 5: Manifesto Book Arts projects, 2015

Subseries 6: Manifesto Book Arts projects, 2016

Series 2: Book Arts Collaborative projects, 2017-2019

Custodial History

These materials were donated annually by Rai Peterson.
Rai Peterson Book Arts collection
Jordan Forbes
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA