Special Collections

Special Collections Librarian: Claudia Covert

Special Collections includes nearly 20,000 important and rare printed books, periodicals, and artist' books that date from as early as the 16th century to present. Historical as well as contemporary materials cover the fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and design. These collections provide primary resources and inspirational materials for the RISD community and outside researchers. Special Collections is housed on the second floor of the RISD Fleet Library.

Browse by subject area: Architecture | Art History | Color | Comics | Fashion | Furniture | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Decoration | Miniature Books | Nature | Pattern, Ornament, and Decoration | Photography | Pochoir | Pop-up and Movable Books | Printmaking


Browse the Special Collections:

Adler Archive of Underground Comix

Artists' Books

Dazzle Print Collection

Gorham Manufacturing Company Design Library


Special Collections Exhibitions

World's Fairs

Zine Collection