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


Archive of Creative Culture is a nomination based, participatory project documenting the histories of respected creative thinkers.

As a cultural resource, Archive of Creative Culture results in a collection of books sourced from revered visual, performing and literary artists, musicians, curators, and cultural figures.

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. Nominations provided by Archive contributors are used in visualizing the creative network.

Since 2014, the Archive of Creative Culture Collection has been growing through a series of nationwide pop-up exhibitions. Traveling in a reimagined 1973  Argosy Airstream, the project 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 Argosy employs the framework of a museum 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.