The Archive houses everything from books to banners, periodicals to posters. “Our scope is things with letters on them, and that can cover quite a wide gamut,” says Stephen Coles, associate curator and editorial director. “There is the factor of space and what’s practical to store and to show, but we have everything from a cuneiform tablet all the way up to seven-by-two-foot movie banners.” For some examples, you’ll find not only the finished piece, but also related process material, such as sketches, iterations, or comps for clients.
“The collection was originally only 15,000 pieces,” notes librarian Kate Long. “Now we have more than 50,000 pieces, which as the person who does a lot of the cataloging is overwhelming sometimes, but it’s also really exciting that all of these things can be in one place for people to find and explore.”