Camberwell Collections & Archives

Illustration by Walter Crane from Red Riding Hood's picture book: containing Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & the beanstalk, The forty thieves (London: John Lane, 1898)
From the Walter Crane Collection, Camberwell College of Arts Library, University of the Arts London.

Artists' books

Special Collections at Camberwell College of Arts Library includes a wide range of illustrated books, from 19th-century children's illustrated books to artists’ books, and the College Archive.  

Description and origins of the collection 

This small collection of artists' books began in the 1990s. It represents the work of Camberwell students, particularly those from the MA Book Arts course. However, it also includes a small number of significant examples from external artists and publishers, to support teaching and learning at the College.

About the collection

The collection can be found on the University of the Arts London Catalogue and a visual aid, including images of all the items, is also available.

Camberwell College of Arts Archive

Description and origins of the collection

This is a collection of primary material documenting the history of Camberwell College of Arts from 1898 to the present. It includes prospectuses, minutes of meetings of Boards of Governors, exhibition and degree show catalogues, photograph albums, private view cards and other College ephemera.

About the collection

The collection is not catalogued, but a partial hand list exists. Please contact Library staff for further information. A more detailed collection level description for this archive is available on the AIM25 website. 

Designer Toys Collection

Description and origins of the collection

This collection comprises of around 50 vinyl toys. It includes work by artists and designers active in illustration, animation, graphic design and 3D design. They include James Jarvis, Gary Baseman, Michael Lau or Mori Chack.

About the collection

The collection can be found on the University of the Arts London Catalogue.

Walter Crane Collection

Description and origins of the collection

The collection contains around 150 books, including numerous first or rare editions, by and about Walter Crane (1845-1915), the illustrator, educationalist and social reformer. The collection was given by Lewis F. Day to his god-daughter, and this was acquired by the College for the library and has since been added to. 

Items from the collection were part of the South London Gallery exhibition Nils Norman: Geocruiser (2001), presenting the work of Walter Crane alongside that of contemporary artist Nils Norman, and also of James Joyce and other stories: books at the London Institute, an exhibition held at the London Institute Gallery (1999).

About the collection

The collection can be found on the University of the Arts London Catalogue. 

Access and use arrangements

University of the Arts London users - by appointment, external users - by written application.