Special Collections and Archives

Special Book Collections

Artists' Books

A growing collection of Artists' Books is held in Special Collections & Archives and housed in the Pierce Room in the Prints & Drawings collection. Holdings extend from Ed Ruscha's conceptual photographic titles of the 1960s to altered books, from the creativity of Angela Lorenz to the precise movable structures of Julie Chen, from Xu Bing to the Northwest's Barbara Tetenbaum. Many works are by Reed students who have created artists' books in the classes of Art Professor Gerri Ondrizek, who has shaped the content of this collection. Accessible in the online catalog, these items may be requested through Special Collections & Archives.

Belgian Collection

This collection, housed on the upper level of the Pollock Room off the North reference room, focuses on titles by Belgian authors and about the Belgian language, literature, and people. This library was built and donated by the late faculty member, Benjamin Woodbridge, Professor of Romance Languages at Reed from 1922 to 1952. Represented in the online catalog, these titles may be consulted in Special Collections & Archives.

Binford Collection

The Janet Walker Binford Collection contains several groups of books dealing with early exploration, gardening, children's literature, and local book publishing. An alumna of Reed, class of 1936, Binford and her family were part of the Portland publishing house, Binford & Mort. All titles appear in the online catalog and may be consulted through Special Collections & Archives.

Doyle Architectural Library

Albert E. Doyle was the architect for Reed's first buildings: Eliot Hall; the Old Dorm Block; Prexy; Anna Mann; and others. One of the most prolific and important of Portland's architects, Doyle's influence can be traced through later Reed architects including Pietro Belluschi, the firm of Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill, and the Zimmer, Gunsel, Frasca Partnership. Doyle's professional library of some 500 volumes was referenced by many architects in those firms, until it was purchased by Reed College from Doyle's heirs through George McMath, a grandson. Extremely rich in fine architectural folio volumes, the collection is a gem of early 20th century influences emphasizing the classic and European historical styles. The online catalog lists all titles; they may be requested and read in Special Collections & Archives.

Miller Best Seller Collection

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. W.A.C. Miller III as a coherent collection of the most popular books printed each year from 1895 through 1952, these titles appear in the online catalog and are located on the upper level of the Pollock Room off the North reference room and may be consulted through Special Collections & Archives. A wide range of binding styles and signed bookbinding decorations are visible in this collection.

Reynolds Library

Professor Lloyd J. Reynolds (1902-1978) was a popular and influential faculty member at Reed from 1929 through 1969. He taught many generations of students creative writing, English, graphic arts, art history, and calligraphy, always investing his teachings with broad insights into philosophy, history, and the human endeavor. Accessible in the online catalog, these items may be requested through Special Collections & Archives.