Jaffe Collection

While many of the collections in the library’s Special Collections Department are valuable because of their age or content, the items in the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection have aesthetic value. Many of the books in the Jaffe Collection are modern rare books, and several defy traditional structure completely.

“We have all kinds of items and books that you would never find in a regular library,” says Rita Feigenbaum, Jaffe Collections assistant. “Our books are very unusual, and most of them are one-of-a-kind.”

The collection has more than doubled since the Jaffes originally donated it to FAU in 1998. It now includes 9,000 objects-mostly visual books created more for their artistic merit than content.

“Right now we’re trying to focus on work by Florida artists,” says Jaffe Collections Specialist Seth Thompson, “although we have artists from all around the world represented in this collection.”

The library is building a new area, called the “Jaffe Center,” to house the collection, which should be done by mid-October. The grand opening is tentatively scheduled for

March 2007. The new wing will be “about triple the amount of space Jaffe has now,” says Dee Cael, head of the Special Collections Department.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Special Collections at (561) 297-3787, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.jaffecollection.org.