FF Artists' Books Collection

Franklin Furnace Artists' Books Collection

The Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection is now housed on the campus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. This research resource is made available to the faculty and students of Pratt as well as artists, curators, and the general public for study, enjoyment, and exhibition.

Franklin Furnace is actively seeking artists’ books to be donated to this collection.

We request that you send one copy of your work, the completed form below, and a resume. Also, if you can include other documentation of your work, scholars and other users of the collection will have the opportunity to use it for research purposes. Be advised that all information and materials you send will become the property of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. and may be used in exhibitions and publications.

Through an ongoing special arrangement with MoMA, if you send an additional copy of your book, the second copy will be given to MoMA to be included in MoMA’s special collection of artists’ books entitled the Museum of Modern Art / Franklin Furnace/ Artist Book Collection. Please do not send any books directly to MoMA, as they will only accept materials processed by Franklin Furnace.

Please download this catalog form and mail the completed form and your submission to:

Franklin Furnace Artists' Books Collection
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

History of the Franklin Furnace Artists' Books Collection

Franklin Furnace began as an artists' book store. When Printed Matter opened up a few blocks away, through a mutual agreement, Printed Matter became an artists' bookstore and Franklin Furnace became an artists' book archives.

Years later, the Franklin Furnace collection of artists' books became the largest in this country. In 1993 the collection was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art Library's collection, forming the world's premier repository, and entitled the Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection. To this day, Franklin Furnace maintains this mutually beneficial relationship with MoMA by contributing additional copies of artists' books to the Museum of Modern Art / Franklin Furnace/ Artist Book Collection as well as maintaining its own collection on the campus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.