Scrapbooks: An American History
For all paying attention to historiography and accessible scholarship, Jessica Helfand has compiled samplings from over 200 scrapbooks, selected from both private individuals and more well-known Americans.
For Scrapbooks: An American History (Yale University Press), graphic designer Jessica Helfand, who as it happens collects these meticulously bound oddities, has anthologized a broad array of samplings from over 200 scrapbooks, reaching back to the early 19th century and hurtling toward the present. The 400 images in this thoughtfully designed book are selected from private individuals as well as some well-known Americans: Zelda Fitzgerald, Lillian Hellman, Anne Sexton, Hilda Doolittle, and Carl Van Vechten.
Scrapbooks is a lovely picture book, a useful and thoughtful history, and the first to survey an (obviously) overlooked medium. A good thing, methinks.
And finally, an interview with Helfand about the book.