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Laura Wait Papers

Identifier: M282


Laura Wait is a book artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in art history and studied printmaking and bookbinding afterwards. She ran a bookbinding and conservation business in Denver from 1981 to 2003. The collection contains of materials related to the production of various artist’s books by Laura Wait.


  • 1997-2012


Biographical / Historical

Laura Wait is a book artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received a BA in Art History from Barnard College, New York, 1975. She went to London in 1976 to study printmaking and received a certificate in printmaking with merit for a one-year course in 1977 specializing in intaglio. Afterwards, she studied traditional bookbinding with Richard Tullett at Croydon, and received a certificate with distinction for a three year course in 1981. Laura moved to Denver, Colorado in 1981, and started a bookbinding and conservation business which she ran successfully until 2003, when she moved her studio to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She moved to Santa Fe in March, 2013. She has exhibited her artist’s books and fine bindings nationally since 1994. Her solo show at Regis University was featured in the Guild of Book Workers Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No.2, 2001. She makes unique books and small editions using painting, handwriting, and printmaking techniques, especially monoprinting, collographs, and woodcuts, and is known for her rich painterly surfaces. Her experience as a bookbinder and conservator for twenty years is the basis for her excellent bookbinding technique in the English tradition, including leather fine bindings, and medieval-style modern, wood bindings. Her artist’s books are found in many private and public collections including the Library of Congress.


13.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Laura Wait Papers consist of material associated with the artist’s book by Laura Wait called Volute. Included are etching plates, collograph plates, original artwork, and notes on the book's production. An accession in December, 2010, was an accrual to this collection and contains similar material for other books by Wait. An accrual in January, 2013 contains similar archival material for additional books by Wait, and sixty-seven published exhibition catalogs and works on book arts technique and conservation.


The papers are in original order, as arranged by Laura Wait. The material is arranged by type of material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Laura Wait, July, 2010, December, 2010, March 2012, and January 2013.


Further accruals are possible.

Separated Materials

Published exhibition catalogs and works on book arts technique and conservation have been cataloged separately in Special Collections.


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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