2012 Tours

(2014 Tours will be published concurrently with BAF registration)

National Archives

This tour included the Three Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. A selection of documents and records from the Archives holdings of over one billion were pulled for a special viewing.



National Gallery of Art
We visited the Print Study Room for a behind the scenes of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art,  We viewed typographical prints, rare books, unusual book structures from the permanent collection that are rarely on view. There was time for a close examination of the works and a question and answer period. This tour sold out.


National Museum of Women in the Arts
The NMWA collection now comprises more than 1,000 unique books and limited editions in a variety of formats, from scrolls and accordions to codices and sculptures. A selection from this foremost collection was available for viewing and discussion. This tour sold out.



Smithsonian Institution
View a selection of artists’ books and prints from the vast holdings of the Smithsonian Institution libraries, including from the African Art Museum, the American Art Museum, the American Archives, and the Hirshhorn Museum. The temporary exhibition Material Meaning was on view.


Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has a strong concentration of materials relating to the production of finely crafted and beautifully illustrated books. We viewed fine examples of the printed word with an emphasis on the blending of design, type, and illustration.



NGA East Wing

Women in the Arts


Lib. of Congress