A collection of influential books gifted from the personal libraries of revered arts and cultural figures.


As a cultural resource, Archive of Creative Culture is a living archive collection that grows from an indeterminate nomination process. ACC works to documents the histories of respected artists and cultural figures through archiving of personal stories and the gifting of their most influential book from their personal library.

Each book in the collection is identified as being THE go-to reference, source of inspiration or represents a pivotal moment in the contributor’s life. This is a nomination based project inviting Archive contributors are used in visualizing the creative network.

Since 2014, the Archive of Creative Culture Collection has been presenting the project through a series of nationwide pop-up exhibitions. Traveling in a reimagined 1973 Argosy Airstream, ACC invites each location to identify key contributors to the local arts scene as survey creative culture in towns and cities across the US. The books collected at each location remain on-site and available to view.

The Archive of Creative Culture is a 501(c)3 non-profit that employs the framework of a museum in the Archive Argosy offering exhibition space, programming, events and a shop.

If you are interested in hosting the collection and/or building a branch in your space, shoot us an email:

info (at) archive-project.com.

Watch Contributor Kari Marboe share her thought about the project.

Archive of Creative Culture – Kari Marboe from Lacey Haslam on Vimeo.