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Sponsor a Shelf

Thousands of books and other design artifacts are lined up for the big Archive move. You can complete their journey.

Paul Rand bookshelf illustration as an animation with frowns turning upside down
Little 1 (detail), 1962. See the entire book, written by Ann Rand and illustrated by Paul Rand, in the Online Archive.

Like many of you, we’re working from home. That doesn’t mean, however, we aren’t still planning the move and thankful to be working with our crews to complete the buildout as safely as possible.

And, right now, your support is more important than ever.

Like every arts organization, we can’t host tours, classes, or lectures — the kind of income that we were depending on to make the move to our new home happen.

Thankfully, you, our community of members and donors have made it easier.

Now there’s a new way you can have a direct impact on the move: sponsor a shelf!

red library shelving arriving at Letterform Archive
Last week, over seven tons of steel library shelving arrived at our new home. (Luckily, red costs the same as black!) You can help us assemble, fill, and maintain this new system by sponsoring a shelf.

We are upgrading from 376 shelves to 696 shelves to house our growing collection. That’s an increase of almost 1,000 linear feet of shelving. When you sponsor a shelf, you help cover the costs of preserving and moving this part of our collection. You also support our programming that sheds light on the collection and shares it with our community, both in-person and online.

  • For $52 you can sponsor a shelf for one month
  • For $255 you can sponsor a shelf for 6 months
  • For $510 you can sponsor a shelf for one year

We’re also hoping that some of you will consider sponsoring a bay — a column of 8 shelves. We’ll have 87 bays in our new home! To sponsor the preservation and move of a bay for a year is $3,500. If you’re interested in sponsoring a bay, please contact us.

Other ways you can help

If you’re not already an Archive member, please consider joining today so we can continue inspiring designers and telling their stories. Our membership program is growing and evolving. We’re thrilled to have an international and diverse member community and we’d love to welcome you into it.

Become a member

If you’re already a member, thank you! We could not do this work without you. If you’re feeling generous and want to continue to support us, please consider making a donation to our move.

Support the move

We understand that not everyone is in the position to become a member so, if you can, please consider a Letterform Archive donation today of any amount significant to you so that we can continue building creative resources — online and offline — now and in the future.

Make a donation Or, donate via PayPal.

Please stay safe and stay tuned, as we’re working on new ways to inspire you remotely with resources like our Online ArchiveCabin F(or)ever Kit and tonight’s online Letterform Lecture with Saki Mafundikwa.

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