LCC Collections & Archives

Pandorra, Arthur van Schendel, Decorated Books from the Netherlands Collection, London College of Communication Library

London College of Communication has a range of inspiring collections covering typography, printing, book arts and zines.

All collections are accessible by pre-arranged booking via the Library unless otherwise stated. 

Bess Frimodig Collection 

Frimodig is an artist. The collection contains a small number of printed ephemera from 1987-2000, including promotional material and samplers. These were sourced primarily, but not exclusively, from paper companies such as Gilbert Paper. The material utilises a variety of art forms including photography, graphic art and illustration. 

Camerawork archive 

The collection contains material relating to Four Corners Films,1970s-1990s, and includes letters, invites and press items. For related exhibitions please refer to Four Corners Films gallery space.

Access is via the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) by telephoning 02075146919 or e-mail, photodirectory@lcc.arts.ac.uk

Catherine Arthur Collection 

Arthur was a freelance publisher. The collection contains late 20th century books accumulated by Arthur, which reflect her long association with the printing industry. This is a reference collection of books appropriate to a professional print journalist, editor and bibliophile. It is also a personal collection, which serves to illustrate her love of the printed book and the wide range of her interests, skills and knowledge.  

Decorated Books from the Netherlands

The collection contains Dutch books with decorated trade bindings from 1893-1939 and includes bindings in the Neuewe Kunst and Art Nouveau styles by contemporary Dutch artists such as P.A.H. Hofman, Jozef Cantre and Jan Toroop. The collection is available on the Visual Arts Data Service

Edward Clark Collection 

The collection contains research focusing on 20th century typography, and is a useful resource for the study into the history and current development of typography and related topics. The collection is named after the grant that allowed its purchase. 

Gerard Pink Collection

Gerard Pink's collection of 50 books plus ephemera on the subject of paper, paper making, and printing history. 

Historic Journals Collection

The collection contains journals from the 19th and 20th centuries (primarily 1920s to 1930s), which represent typographic and graphic design. Titles include British and Colonial Printer, Picture Post, Illustrated War News, FleuronAlphabet and ImageColophon and London Mercury

Photographic Exhibition Poster Collection

The collection contains posters dating from 1970s onwards and charts photographic exhibits and shows held at Photographers Gallery and Camerawork and Impressions Gallery, among others. Represented photographers include Bill Brandt (for an exhibit at the Barbican) and Diane Arbus (for an exhibit at HaywardGallery). They are an invaluable record of the activities of photographers.

Access is via the Photography and The Archive Research Centre by telephoning 02075146919 or e-mail, photodirectory@lcc.arts.ac.uk 

Printing Historical Collection

The collection contains items charting the history and art of the Western book, reflecting its physical, technical and aesthetic development from the 15th to 21st centuries. It includes a reference section which provides a guide to the changing processes of book production, a chronological section of examples displaying the physical and aesthetic changes to the book and a section devoted to private press, artists' books and fanzines.

Please note that this is an extensive collection. 

Talwin Morris Collection 

Morris (1882-1911) was a book cover designer and publisher. The collection contains books from the publishing house Blackie & Son, with covers designed by Morris in the Art Nouveau and Glasgow styles including the Red Letter Library series. There are also a number of books from Blackie's subsidiary firm, Gresham Publishing Company. Some images of items are available on the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network.

Related material can be found at The Silver Studio Collection, Middlesex University and Hill House, Scotland.  

Zine Collection 

The collection is an off-shoot of the Printing Historical Collection and currently contains nearly 2000 zines and fanzines. The collection contains zines primarily created within the 21st century although the oldest

zine in the collection dates back to the late 1970s. The zines are varied in topic, style and format. They cover art, music, photography, politics, personal stories and are A4 and A5, colour and black and white; handmade and printed. The collection continues to be added to. The LCC Library Zine Collection has a Facebook page available on the Facebook Zine Collection.