In 1957, Denver Public Library received a collection of private press and fine print books from the estate of Frederick Douglas, the Denver Museum of Art’s first Curator of Indian Arts. Douglas’ collection contained the finest examples of bookmaking, including works from the Ashendene Press, the Doves Press, and the Roycrofters, as well as a complete collection of Kelmscott Press works. Since acquiring the Douglas Collection, we have added classic works on marbling, typography, calligraphy, bookbinding, and papermaking, creating a working reference collection on the art of fine bookmaking and page design. The Department currently collects limited edition works of book artists, continuing our role as custodians of the culture of the book. Research Guide
Beginning April 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library are closed. The archives and book collection on 2nd floor are in the process of being moved to Central Library where they will be available via the Special Collections Reading Room on 1st floor starting May 1.