Scope and Content
Title: Judith Hoffberg collection
Identifier/Call Number: Printers Mss 62
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
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)
Hoffberg, Judith A.
Date (inclusive): circa 1960s-2009
Abstract: 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.
Language of Material: Predominantly in English with some German and Italian
Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).
The collection is open for research. A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.
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.
[Identification of Item], Judith Hoffberg collection, Printers Mss 62. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa
Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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.
Scope and Content
The collection contains the following series:
Personal/Professional/Biographical. General. Includes curriculum vitae and resumes, education,grants, jobs,photographs, speaking engagements, and writings. Boxes 1-4.
Conferences and Workshops. JAH spoke at or organized many of these. Boxes 4-5.
Correspondence. Alphabetical (incl. Charles M. Schulz) and chronological (early, 1950s-2008). Boxes 5-8.
Culture in Cyberspace, mid-latter 1990s. Emails, listservs like Book_Arts_L, web pages. Box 9.
Organizations. Files for organizations JAH was a member of / participated in. Boxes 10-11.
Projects. Files for projects JAH participated in. Box 11.
Travel/Trips. Mainly overseas, usually with stops at galleries, museums, presses, book artists. Includes invitations, maps, guides and
tour books, notes, postcards, programs, slides, and other ephemera. Boxes 12-14.
Artist Books (AB) / Book Artists. Correspondence, announcements, slides, and related. Includes individuals and presses, book arts topics, arranged alphabetically
by folder title, followed by chronological section for unidentified or multiple book artists. Boxes 15-56, 113.
Book Arts –– By Country/Region. Includes brochures, flyers, newsletters, and other pertaining to book arts and artists, exhibits, performing arts, and related.
Exhibition Catalogs (book arts) and Magazines/Serials (book and art related), ca. 1975, 1988-1991. Book arts related. Boxes 58-59.
Fluxus. Includes correspondence, exhibit and performance announcements, catalogs, lists, mongraphs, newspaper and magazine articles.
Hoffberg Book Exhibits/Shows General. Alphabetically by title/name. Boxes 64-65. "Cross + Currents" at UCSB College of Creative Studies and several other venues
in U.S. and abroad. Pacific Rim focus. Boxes 66-67. Edible Books – International Festival 1-5, 2000-2008. Includes lists
of items at various venues. Box 68. Women of the Book: Spiritual Journeys, Universal Themes – Exhibits, 1999-2002. Includes
files for Florida Atlantic University and other venues. Boxes 69-74.
International Mail Art Exhibit: In Honor and Memory of Judith A. Hoffberg. Armory Center for the Arts, Caldwell Gallery, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA, June 27-Aug. 22, 2010. Includes works by
mail artists and related material. Boxes 75-88.
Lye, Len. New Zealand-born artist, known for his kinetic sculptures and experimental films. Boxes 89-90.
Mail Art. Contains samples of mail and stamp art, artist correspondence, gallery announcements, and material/catalogs related to rubber
stamping. Arranged alphabetically by mail artist; some overlap with AB series. Boxes 91-98.
Sackner (Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry). Box 99.
Umbrella Records. Mostly about Hofberg's Umbrella art journal and other umbrella-related material. Boxes 100-101.
Zines. Includes bibliography. Box 102.
Artifacts / Objects. Bottle Books. Box 103. Small objects. Miscellany. Includes artist book prospectuses, buttons and pins, miniature book,
stamps, t-shirts, travel souvenirs. Boxes 104-105.
Oversize. Flat – Boxed. Bio/Personal. Education / Brandeis University scrapbook, 1951-1952. Box 106. Artist Books. Box 107-108. Early Engravings.
Box 109. Early Italian Printing – Leaves, ca. 1500s-1700s. Box 109. Lye, Len – includes collection inventory. Box 109. Mail
Art. Box 110. Typography. Box 111. Umbrella: Includes material by/about Christo and umbrella installation; covers and proofs
of Umbrella journal. Box. 111.
Map Drawers. Includes posters, broadsides, and prints, many foir exhibitions. Map Cabinet 21/9/f. 2-5; 21/10/f. 1-2.
Computer Disks. Includes catalogs and other material by book artists, resumés, Umbrella subscriber lists, copies of articles written by
JAH, backups of files, etc.
5 ¼" Floppy Disks.
3 ½" Disks. Box 112.
CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. Box 112.
Zip Drive. Box 112.
Audio Cassettes. Arranged alphabetically.
Videotapes – VHS. Arranged chronologically
. CDs/DVDs. Arranged alphabetically.
Monographs have been cataloged separately.
Art exhibition catalogs have been transferred to the UCSB Arts Library, Art Exhibition Catalog collection.
UCLA Special Collections has: Judith Hoffberg Artists and Mail Art Files (Collection No. 1763). 122.2 linear feet. Contains
ephemera related to artists and mail art including gallery exhibition announcements, lists of art works, press releases, clipping,
photographs, resumés and biographies, a small amount of correspondence, and posters. See OAC guide for further details.
UCSD Special Collections has: Judith Hofferg Umbrella Collection, 1850-2008 (Mss 701). 84 linear feet. Contains umbrellas
and umbrella themed ephemera, including trade cards, songsheets, photographs, toys and clothing, a collection of JAH umbrellas.
See UC San Diego Library Catalog for further details.
JAH = Judith A. Hoffberg
OAC = Online Archive of California
WOTB = Women of the Book
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Art, Modern -- 20th century
Hoffberg, Judith A. -- Archives
Umbrella -- Archives