Category Archives: Book Collections

Hidden artistry: fore-edge painting

By: Allyson Holliday, W.S. Hoole Library Complex Copy-Cataloger “Old” books hold a special place in my heart as the complex copy-cataloger for the Hoole Library. I have a deep appreciation for decorative publishers’ bindings that show the artistry that has … Continue reading

Holiday Cooking

While many of the books at Hoole Library are old and/or rare, some are simply part of a special collection of materials which may include very recent publications. I like to think of them as rare books in training. One … Continue reading

Hoole book arts goes on the road

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee is hosting Preface: An Introduction to Artists’ Books, an exhibition largely drawn from the holdings of the W.S. Hoole Library. The show opened on March 28, 2014 and … Continue reading

Hoole Library Featured in ARL book and website, Celebrating Research

The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, and specifically the David Walker Lupton African-American Cookbook Collection is featured in the Association of Research Libraries’ book and website, Celebrating Research: Rare and Special Collections from the Membership of the Association of Research … Continue reading

Interview with Amy Pirkle, Book Artist and author of Smoke (2008)

Interview with: Amy Pirkle, Book Artist & University of Alabama Instructor in the Honors College, New College, and the Department of Art How would you describe book arts to a layperson? For me, book arts is a broad field that … Continue reading

Interview with Ellie Campbell, Division of Special Collections graduate assistant

By: Ellie Campbell, JD and University of Alabama MLIS graduate student Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series profiling the graduate students who work in the Division of Special Collections. Haley Thomas was interviewed for Cool@Hoole over two … Continue reading

Loujon Press — It catches my Heart in my Hands by Bukowski

What you’ll see at the lecture tonight in addition to a great talk and a cool documentary — It catches my heart in my hands, by Charles Bukowski; new and selected poems, 1955-1963. Title: It catches my heart in my … Continue reading

Margaret Armstrong, Myrtle Reed, and those Purple Books!

Six purple bindings designed by Margaret Armstrong, all from the Minsky Collection at the Hoole Special Collections Library, and all in Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books!

Miniature Book exhibitions on display in Gorgas

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow This April and May, two miniature book exhibitions will be on display simultaneously in the Pearce Lobby of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library: the Kate Webb Ragsdale Memorial Miniature Book Collection and the Miniature … Continue reading

Miniature Books

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow Please see Cool@Hoole’s previous post on the Kate Webb Memorial Miniature Book exhibition. The history of miniature books is both long and international. Scholars date the appearance of the duodecimo (small size) book to the beginning … Continue reading