The Libraries’ own Susan Barribeau was one of the speakers at the Grolier Club symposium about little magazines on March 13, in conjunction with the Grolier’s exhibition entitled “American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print.” Susan’s witty presentation highlighted the history (long), extent (big), and strengths (many) of the Little Magazine Collection in Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her examples ranged from early little magazines acquired by Marvin Sukov
to recent publications like Esopus and Forklift, Ohio: A journal of poetry, cooking, & light industrial safety.
Susan also generously noted the collection development work of her predecessors, including Yvonne Schofer and Felix Pollak; called attention to related collections and programs at UW-Madison, including the
- Dobbertin Collection of Campus Humor Magazines in Special Collections
- Library of Amateur Journalism, also in Special Collections
- Silver Buckle Press
- artists’ book collection at Kohler Art Library
- Center for the History of Print & Digital Culture
- Tandem Press;
and pointed to the distinguished (and diverse) history of print culture in Wisconsin, as demonstrated by such institutions as the
- Philosopher Press at the sign of the green pine tree in Wausau, Wisconsin,
- Walter Hamady‘s Perishable Press Limited in Mt. Horeb
- Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee
- Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers.
For more information, see the new blog Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (collection manager Susan Barribeau, web editor Oliver Wendorf).