Papers generated by Judith Ann Hoffberg, librarian, co-founder of the Arts Libraries Society of North America and founder
of the artists' books journal
Umbrella. The collection contains files related to artists' books exhibitions, organizations, travel, mail art, as well as biographical
files. In addition, the collections contains artifacts, photographs, and a sizeable audiovisual component.
From the UCLA Hoffberg collection guide and other sources--Judith Ann Hoffberg was born May 19, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut.
She earned a BA in political science (1956), an MA in Italian language and literature (1960), and an MLS (1964) from the University
of California, Los Angeles. Hoffberg worked as an art librarian at Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center in Italy, the
Library of Congress, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California San Diego, the Brand Library in Glendale,
and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1973 she co-founded the Art Libraries Society of North America and served as its first
chairwoman. In 1978 Hoffberg began publishing Umbrella, a journal dedicated to artists' books; she also was an authority
on mail art. During her career, Hoffberg curated a number of exhibitions. In 1999 she developed the idea for the International
Edible Book Festival, which is held each year on April 1 (April Fools Day). Judith Hoffberg died January 16, 2009 in Santa
Monica, California. In 2010 the International Mail Art Exhibit: In Honor and Memory of Judith A. Hoffberg was mounted at
the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California.
125 linear feet
(107 cartons and document boxes, 7 oversize boxes, 2 map-cabinet drawers, 112 audiocassettes, 20 CDs/DVDs, 19 videocassettes,
44 computer disks)
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
The collection is open for research. A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.