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Study Collections

The Decker Library holds collections that document the work of particular artists and designers, supporting study of their works.

Ellen Dorn Levitt Book Arts Collection

Ellen Dorn Levitt (1947-2014) attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) from 1965-1969. Settling in Vermont, Levitt's work revolved around teaching art, especially book arts, and in teaching students of education how to teach book arts. This collection consists of completed book arts projects (many done in collaboration with students and colleagues), as well as teaching materials she used (sewing/binding patterns, samples, and instructions) and book arts program proposals and syllabi.  Click here to download full collection description.

Morris Louis Study Collection

This collection documents the work of American painter and MICA alumnus Morris Louis (1912-1962, born Morris Louis Bernstein '32). It comprises publications that feature his work (including monographs, exhibit catalogs, survey texts, news items, magazine articles, advertisements), and audio/visual materials (slides, audio recordings and film materials). The bulk of the collection was presented to MICA by the Estate of Marcella Brenner. Click here to download full collection description.

S.C. Malone Penmanship Collection

The collection includes 73 examples of penmanship created by Samuel Curtis Malone: alphabets, projects for specific clients, decorative borders and unspecified blanks, and promotional pieces for S.C. Malone's business in Baltimore, Maryland. There are also examples of instructional penmanship from Malone's teaching endeavors, and sketches, preparatory drawings, and notes. Samuel Curtis Malone (d. 1938) was a nationally-known penman and engrosser, working from Baltimore for over 50 years to produce bookplates, genealogies, coats of arms, crests, diplomas, and certificates. Click here to download full collection description, including image survey.

Sophia L. Crownfield Textile Design Collection

This collection comprises approximately 1200 drawings of floral subjects in various media, mainly studies toward designs for textile patterns, created by Sophia L. Crownfield, to be produced in silk for the woman's dress-silk trade. Some examples of completed silk textiles are included. Sophie Louise Crownfield (1862-1929) was a Baltimore-born artist who worked in New York as a designer for companies such as the Cheney Silk Company. Crownfield patented some of her designs in the period of 1905-1918. Click here to download full collection description, including image survey.

Virginia West Fiber Art Study Collection

The collection documents 68 fiber artists in the late 20th century. With over 200 items, including photoprints of artists' work, postcards, ephemera, and clippings. Fiber artist Virginia West was on the faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Click here to download full collection description.

William Henry Jackson Photochroms

187 photo-reproduction prints (mainly color) made by the William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) and the Detroit Photographic Company. Jackson was an American painter, photographer and publisher, who traveled in the U.S. and abroad as a photographer under the auspices of corporate and governmental entities, producing a large quantity of documentary images. In the 1890s, Jackson joined the Detroit Publishing Co. and provided them with his stock of negatives from which the company produced images for sale, utilizing the Photochrom process which is a photographic variant of chromolithography. Click here to download collection description, including image survey.

This page was last updated on 05/02/2017.