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Book Arts collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-022

Scope and Contents

This collection includes books produced from Rai Peterson's 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. The third series includes creative projects created by students in the History of the Book course (ENG 421), which included a section on the Book Arts Collaborative. The projects in this series date from 2020. The fourth series includes special prints created for exhibition in 2019.

The fifth series includes the final course of the Book Arts Collaborative, The OPUS Project. These are books produced by students in the Spring of 2022. The students work was judged at the end of the Spring 2022 semester during the Closing “OPUS” Exhibit on May 5, 2022. Judges included Sarah Allison, Michael Szajewski, Jim Shimkus, Sean Lovelace from Ball State University. Community members Karen Fisher or Art Mart, Carl Shafer of Gordy Fine Art and Framing, and Heidi Hale of Heidi J. Hale Jewelry. Three authors who had previously been published by Book Arts Collaborative Press Karl Ahlrichs, Susan Neville, and Kelcey Parker-Ervick.


  • Creation: 2010 - 2022

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 three different courses that were taught by Rai Peterson, Associate Professor of English. 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 course instills 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. The third course was a History of the Book that included a section on the Book Arts Collaborative.

The final course was taught in the Spring of 2022. The OPUS project was a return to the Manifesto Book Arts Course where student individually wrote, designed and bound a book for the course. The books from the last course are in this collection.

Additionally, material that was printed at the Book Arts Collaborative and Tribute Show Print are including this in collection. Some of these items are example of material that was made and sold as part of the Muncie Local business, The Book Arts Collaborative.


10.3 Cubic Feet (9 record cartons, 1 index archival box, and 2 large oversize box)

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Custodial History

These materials were donated annually by Rai Peterson.

UA Restructuring

UA.022 was formerly SPEC.068.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011/05/01 by Lajmar Anderson and 2012/08/01 by Neal Coil. EAD finding aid created 2012/08/01 by Neal Coil. EAD finding aid revised 2012/08/07 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2014/10/24 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid revised 2015/09/18 by Scott Minor. EAD finding aid revised 2019/09/03 by Mindy Shull. EAD finding aid revised 2020/02/07 by Jordan Forbes.

Book Arts collection
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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