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


The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.Digital ID- 465288. Work with schools - a 'private' lesson, child showing something in book to librarian, ca. 1920?.. ca. 1920

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”               — Oscar Wilde

We are in the early stages of building the archive, beta mode if you will, and while we are not yet asking for unsolicited submissions, we are however asking for nominations.

Tell us, who would you want to be included in the collection?

If there is someone who has influenced you creatively, why not share that with others?  We honor privacy and value trust, so any information shared will stay within the project.

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