Suellen Glashausser Artists’ Books Collection

By Michael Joseph and Debra Schiff

November 2009

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002 by Debra Schiff 2009

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Suellen Glashausser
Title: Suellen Glashausser’s Artists’ Books
Dates: 1980-2000
Quantity: 74 boxes
Abstract: This Special Collection is a collection of artists’ books executed between 1980 and 2000. The items are made from a wide variety of materials from cigar labels to glassine to soda cans. Some of the works are signed; some are signed and dated. All save one are unique works.
Collection No.: TO COME
Language: English
Repository: Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Biographical Sketch of Suellen Glashausser

Contributed by Romina Gutierrez and edited by Debra Schiff

Suellen O’Brien Glashausser was born in New York City on March 17, 1945, the daughter of William James and Agatha (neé Walsh) O’Brien, and died in Highland Park, New Jersey on December 27, 2000. She married Charles Glashausser in September 1965. They had two children, Alexander and Allegra. Glashausser was a well-known fiber and book artist, as well as a teacher of visual arts. She began creating artists’ books in the 1980s after spending most of her career producing large constructions and paintings. Glashausser received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York in 1965. She continued her studies in Paris, France, at the École Lemmonier d'Art Appliqué, earning in 1976, a “Degree Française Superier” from the Sorbonne. In 1969, she received her Master of Art in Textile Design from the University of California at Berkeley. Later that year, she and Charles Glashausser moved to Highland Park, New Jersey.

Glashausser began her teaching career in the 1970s as a part-time instructor at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey; the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts in Summit; and Livingston College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. From 1974 until her death, she taught at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, first as a part-time instructor and from 1983 as an assistant professor. Throughout her career, she taught and planned workshops, and served as a lecturer, panelist, and exhibit juror in the United States, Belgium, Japan, and France. A prolific artist, Glashausser exhibited widely in solo and group shows throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and India. Her exhibits are numerous, and accounts of them reside in the Suellen Glashausser Papers archive in Special Collections. Along with her contributions to books on fiber arts and her art reviews, Glashausser’s best-known writing work is the basketry art book Plaiting: Step-by-Step, written with Carol Westfall.

At the time of her death, Glashausser was represented by Amos Eno Gallery, New York City.

References:

Lee, Anne. “Don't Judge a Book that Lacks a Cover.” The Star Ledger, October 21, 2000, Sec. In the Towns, p. 1.

Who’s Who in American Art. 23rd edition, 1999-2000. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who’s Who, 1999.

Who’s Who in the East. 23rd edition, 1991-1992. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who’s Who, 1990.

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Scope and Content Note

This Special Collection is a collection of artists’ books executed between 1980 and 2000. The items are made from a wide variety of materials from cigar labels to glassine to soda cans. Some of the works are signed; some are signed and dated. All save one are unique works. The collection of Suellen Glashausser artists' books was a gift from Charles Glashausser in 2002. All italicized quotations have been taken from captions Suellen Glashausser prepared for her display in "Preaching What We Practice," an exhibition at the John Cotton Dana Library in Newark, New Jersey (November 1996 - January 1997) accompanying the New Jersey Book Arts Symposium.

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Arrangement Note

Each work is individually housed in its own box or folder, with the exception of the Columns books and the Gardens books. Items that have digital images associated with them will include links named “Digital item” within their descriptions below. Torrado Natural is not part of the collection given to the libraries by Charles Glashausser. However, because it is a Suellen Glashausser work, it is included in this finding aid following the numbered list of boxes. It is assigned the box number "00." Torrado Natural is a cataloged work and its call number is listed with its entry below.

Suellen Glashausser Artists' Books

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Detailed Description of the Container List

This section provides descriptions of the materials found within each series. Each series description is followed by a container list, which gives the titles of the folders and their locations in the numbered boxes that comprise this collection.

Artists’ Books, 1980/2000
Arrangement: Each work is individually housed in its own box or folder, with the exception of the Columns books and the Gardens books which are housed in a box per set. The item in Box 67 is in conservation and is unavailable for viewing.
Summary: The artists’ books are arranged alphabetically by title, omitting the first article.
Box
1 45% Less Fat, 1997
16 leaves: 6” x 4 ¾”
Plastic, metal thread, cloth
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
2 Acetate Chinese Book, 1981
6 leaves, 2 covers: 11” x 8 ½”
Acetate, paper, ribbon, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser 5 juillet 1981” in ink, last leaf.
Scanned images.
Box
3 AEIOU, 1987
3 leaves, 2 covers: 10 ¾” x 5 ½”
Elastic ribbon, paper, crayon, graphite, pastels
Digital item
Not signed.
“This book was made for an invitational show in Belgium with the theme of AEIOU as an acrostic of the Austrian national motto in Latin! Only a e i o and u are used. A two-page book about construction.”
Box
4 Amaretto Book, undated
7 leaves, no covers: 8 ½” x 8 ½”
Found paper, aluminum, plastic, thread, waxed paper, netting
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
5 [“Août 1981”], 1981
7 leaves, no covers: 10” x 6 ¾”
Paper, glassine, pencil, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser août 1981” in ink, inside last leaf.
Box
6 Apocalypse, undated
6 leaves, no covers: 8 ¼” x 8 ¼”
Paper, cloth, thread, plastic flower parts
Digital item
Not signed.
The artist notes that Apocalypse “was created for a miniature show with the theme of the apocalypse. Sentences from the apocalypse are stitched around the edges of the pages since the center is full of holes.”
Box
7 Art History Book II, undated
6 leaves, 2 covers: 8 ½” x 11”
Paper, thread, plastic, ribbon, foil
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser le 15 juillet 1981” in ink, last page of 4th leaf.
Images scanned onto plastic and paper.
Box
8 Asparagus Book, undated
6 leaves: 5” x 6”
Paper, thread
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
9 Beacon Brown Book, undated
26 leaves, covers not included: 8 ¼” x 6 ¾”
Spiral notebook, found paper, ribbon, paint, pencil, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser November 22 1982” in graphite, inside back cover.
Box
10 Best & Co., [1980-2]
6 leaves: 8 ¾” x 6 ¼”
Brown paper bags, labels, seam binding, thread, foil
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, inside last leaf.
“Clothing tags from defunct stores were organized into lines. Some were sewn upside down to show the pattern of threads underneath. A favorite brown bag from Marie Papier forms the pages.”
Box
11 Birds, undated
9 leaves, 2 covers: 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”
Paper, thread, foil, ribbon
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
12 Black Flexagon, 1999
1 continuous piece: 7” x 7”
Cloth, thread, ribbon
Digital item
Not signed.
Folds open into flexagon.
Box
13 Blue/Red Grid Book, 1981
8 leaves: 9“ x 7”
Paper, thread, ink
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
14 Blue Zorro, 1985
7 leaves: 8 ¼” x 8 ¼”
Versopaper, pencil, metal, thread, steel clips, copper staples, crayon, glassine
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser le 1 decembre 1985” in ink.
Altered postcards of Los Angeles.
Box
15 Bunny Maze Book, [1981-2000]
16 leaves: 6” x 4 ¾”
Cloth, paper, plastic, thread, netting
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, inside back leaf.
Opens up into maze book.
Box
16 Bush’s Beans, undated
28 leaves: 7 ½” x 5 ¼”
Plastic, found paper, netting, thread, foil
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
17 Carbon Paper Numbers Book, 1981
61 leaves, 2 covers: 8” x 4 ¼”
Carbon paper, staples, paper, graphite, fabric binding, pins, glassine
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser 9 juillet 1981” in ink, last leaf.
Tear out numbers book altered with carbon paper, graphite, lables, pins, and staples.
Box
18 Chinese Book, 1981
6 leaves, no covers: 8 ¾” x 5 ¾”
Printed paper, glassine, plastic, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser 2/10/81” in ink, inside last leaf.
Box
19 Closed Book, undated
6 leaves, no covers: 9” x 6”
Paper, netting, colored Mylar, string
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
20 Collarboard Book, 1981
8 leaves, no covers: 9” x 8”
Cardboard, thread, paper, stamps, crayon, ink
Digital item
Signed ”Suellen Glashausser November 30, 1981” in ink, inside back cover.
Box
21 Columns I, [1985]
5 leaves, no covers: 12” x 10 ¾”
Wire, glassine, plastic, thread, acrylic, plastic fiber
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
22 Columns II, [1985]
5 leaves, no covers: 12” x 10 ¾”
Wire, glassine, plastic, thread, plastic fiber, acrylic, plastic netting
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser Columns II” in ink, back cover.
Box
23 Columns III, [1985]
5 leaves, no covers: 12” x 10 ¾”
Wire, glassine, plastic, thread, plastic fiber, acrylic
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
24 Columns IV, [1985]
4 leaves, no covers: 12” x 10 ¾”
Plastic netting, acrylic, wire, glassine, metal binder clip, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser Columns IV” in ink, verso.
Box
25 Digital Hankie, 2000
6 leaves, no covers: 10 ¼” x 8 ¼”
Paper, ribbon, thread, cloth
Digital item
Not signed.
Scanned images on shaped pages sewn together.
Box
26 Dotted Stitched Grid Book, 1981
7 leaves, no covers: 10 ¾” x 6 ¾”
Graph paper, plastic, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, inside 7th leaf.
Box
27 Etiquettes Volants, 1982
5 leaves, no covers: 10 ¼” x 7 ¼” with 3 ½" fringe on spine
Paper, plastic string, marker, colored pencils, thread, jute twine, glassine, steel, wire
Digital item
Signed "Suellen Glashausser" in ink, inside 5th leaf.
Box
28 The Farm, undated
25 leaves, 2 covers: 8 ¼” x 6 ¾” with pig on ribbon bookmark extending 2 ¾”
Spiral notebook, ribbon, plastic pig, crayon, graphite
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser November 22, 1982” in graphite, inside back cover.
Stenciled pages and covers. The plastic pig hangs from the ribbon as if a bookmark.
Box
29 Fast Food, 1995
6 leaves, no covers: 11 ¾” x 10 ¼”
Paper, labels, pencil, seam binding, empty French fry wrappers, and one paper cup
Digital item
Box
30 Florida Citrus Fruit, 1999
1 plastic piece folds open into 3 leaves: 8 ¼” x 8 ¼”
Paper, plastic, thread
Digital item
Not signed.
Flexagon
Box
31 Frutas Selectas, 1982
12 leaves: 14 ½” x 8 ½” closed; 28 ½” x 25 ½” open
Paper, plastic, colored Mylar, thread, ribbon, cloth netting, plastic grapes
Digital item
Not signed.
12 interconnected leaves that open to a single leaf of scanned images.
Box
32 Garden Book I, undated
leaves, no covers: 47 ½” x 12”
Acrylic, glassine, thread, velcro, plastic netting, paper
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
33 Garden Book II, undated
leaves, no covers: 47 ½” x 12”
Acrylic, glassine, thread, velcro, plastic netting, paper
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
34 Garden Book III, undated
leaves, no covers: 47 ½” x 12”
Acrylic, glassine, thread, velcro, plastic netting, paper
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
35 Garden Book IV, undated
leaves, no covers: 47 ½” x 12”
Acrylic, glassine, thread, velcro, plastic netting, paper
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
36 Gaultier Fan/Box, 1991
6 leaves, no covers: 8” x 4 ¾” x 1 ½”
Tin, copper, paper, tape, cardboard, thread, velcro
Digital item
Not signed.
Cross-shaped fan book housed in cross-shaped matching box.
Box
37 Gloves Book, undated
5 leaves, no covers: 10 ¾” x 6 ¾”
Paper, thread, riboon
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser le 27 fevrier 1981” in ink, inside front leaf.
Scanned images shaped as if a glove, bound by ribbon and thread.
Box
38 Gray Book, 1981
5 leaves, no covers: 8 ¾” x 6”
Paper, plastic, thread, pencil, crayon
Digital item
Not signed.
“Give-away artist postcards from an art fair in Basle were altered with oil stick, edged in plastic and bound with thread.”
Box
39 Green/Purple Pricked Book, 1981
6 leaves, no covers: 10 ¼" x 7”
Glassine, thread, decals
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
40 India Book, undated
12 leaves, no covers: 9” x 7”
Printed paper, aluminum, thread, ribbon, metal clasps
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
41 “It's Our Pleasure to Serve You,” 1997
6 leaves, no covers: 6” x 5 ¾”
Paper cups, thread, colored pencil, cloth, rickrack ribbon, crayon
Digital item
Not signed.
Attached paper coffee cups with silk skirts sewn onto each.
Box
42 [Kodachrome Slide Book], 1981
8 leaves, no covers: 10” x 6 ¾”
Cloth, beads, thread, cardboard, paper, plastic, ribbon
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser janvier 1981”.
Scanned images.
Box
43 Lake Placid Book, 1982
23 leaves, 2 covers: 8 ¼” x 6 ¾”
Spiral notebook, thread, stencil, paint, crayon
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
44 Leaf Fan Book/Box, 1991
5 leaves, no covers: 13 ½” x 9” box; 13 ½” x 6” to 10” x 6 ¾” leaves
Copper, aluminum, cloth, thread, fabric edging, plastic
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” pricked into the verso of the copper box.
Pricked copper cover with accompanying leaf-shaped box.
Box
45 Linen Book, undated
5 leaves, no covers: 5 ½” x 5 ½”
Linen, copper, aluminum, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, verso last leaf.
Loose leaves of linen canvas contain information about flax couched with copper wire. Copper and aluminum edges are necessary to make select pages firm.
Box
46 Luires et Structures en Bois, 1983
8 leaves, no covers: 13 ¼” x 10”
Paper, plastic, thread, staples, pins, acetate, ink, pastels
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
47 La Lune, 1999
1 square piece of cloth 3” x 3”
Cloth, thread, colored Mylar
Digital item
Signed “SG”.
Flexagon.
Box
48 Mangez les Fruits, 1989
5 leaves, no covers: 9” x 9” with 1 ¼” spine extenders
Paper, steel, paper clips, mylar, colored pencil, plastic, tape, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, inside leaf [5].
Altered fruit bags with paper, tape, and thread.
Box
49 Mariage Montand, 1999
6 leaves, no covers: 18” x 10”; 17 ½” x 59” fully extended
Rives lightweight, Sekishu, various colored kozo papers, silk ribbon, card stock, copper, plastic
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in pencil.
Photo lithography, collage images, attachments (10 numbered impressions) in collaboration with The Brodsky Center (formerly RCIPP) with Gail Deery.
Box
50 Marriage 1854, 1991
4 leaves with 5 extra, smaller square inserts, no covers: 12 ¼” x 8 ¼” leaves; 4” x 4” inserts
Paper, cloth, thread, colored pencil, ribbon, found objects and papers
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in colored pencil on middle insert.
Box
51 Metal Book with Leaves, 1989
4 leaves, no covers: 9 ½” x 6 ¼”
Copper, aluminum, beads, brass, etched surfaces, adhesive, wire
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” inside last leaf.
Box
52 Mini Upper Egypt, 1987
12 leaves, no covers: 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”
Teapot protectors, paper, cloth, thread, colored pencil, foil part of a series of two books [second part not in libraries]
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in graphite, inside back cover.
Box
53 [MMA], undated
8 leaves, no covers: 8 ¾” x 7 ½”
Paper, fabric binding, cellophane, colored Mylar, thread, plastic, metal museum buttons
Digital item
Not signed.
Scanned images.
Box
54 Niagara Glassine, undated
7 leaves, not including covers: 9 ½” x 8 ¼”
Paper, glassine, pastels, graphite, thread, ribbon binding
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser”.
“A packet of information about a paper company was used to make a paper book. Because the cellophanes were from Niagara Falls, the books is a travelogue of altered postcards from scenic areas in the U.S.”
Box
55 Paper Towel Book, 1980
4 leaves, no covers: 8” x 7” (with 4 ¾” tassels on fore edge)
Paper, ribbon, thread, vellum paper, plastic
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser 12/14/80” in ink, inside last leaf.
Box
56 Pleated Open Book, undated
interconnected leaves open to a large, single leaf, no covers: 14 ½” x 8 ¾” opens to 28 ¼” x 26”
Paper, thread, ribbon
Not signed.
Scanned images.
Box
57 Popeye, 1998
6 leaves, no covers: 6 ¾” x 4 ½” with 3 ½” attachment on spine
Paper, plastic, foil, thread
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, inside back leaf.
Found papers and wrappers.
Box
58 PQR Book, 1981
12 leaves, no covers: 6” x 8 ¼”
Paper, thread, pencil, plastic, crayon
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser 11/16/81” in ink, inside back leaf.
“A store-bought stencil book was dismantled and made over by hand with pencil and crayon and glassine paper pages.”
Box
59 Ripped Out Number Book, 1981
61 leaves, not including covers: 8 ¼” x 4”
Paper, plastic decals, carbon-ink, glassine, brass, graphite
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
60 San Francisco Book, [1980-2]
7 leaves, 7 interleaving strips: 4 ½” x 6”
Post cards, paper, plastic flower parts, metal rings
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in graphite, verso of last card.
Box
61 Santa Claus Book, 1980
3 leaves, 2 covers: 10 ½” x 6 ¾”
Paper, stickers, cellophane, thread
Digital item
Not signed.
German Santa Claus and fairy tale images wrapped in cellophane.
Box
62 Santa Fe, 1991
2 leaves, 2 covers: 11” x 10 ¼”
Paper, thread, foil, ribbon
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in graphite, inside back cover.
Postcards and commemoratvie glassine stamp bags.
Box
63 Select Cigars, 1981
10 leaves, no covers: 10 ¼” x 6 ¾”
Printed paper, cellophane, thread, plastic
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
64 Sprite, 1999
12 leaves including covers: 6 ¾” x 5”
Paper, thread, metal, steel chips, aluminum
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, inside back cover.
Box
65 Vielle Fine, 1987
5 leaves, no covers: 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”
Paper, thread, mull, Belgian liquor labels
Digital item
Not signed.
Box
66 Waikiki Beach, 1985
6 leaves, no covers: 7 ½” x 6 ¾”
Paper, cloth, thread, plastic pencil, postcards, crayon, copper staples
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in ink, verso.
Airline hot towels cover altered postcards.
Box
68 Wedding Cake Book, 1981
13 leaves including covers: 10" x 17"
Paper, thread, glassine
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser 24 mars 1981” in ink, inside back cover.
“There is a very subtle contrast between pricked placemats and glassine pages. The whiteness and scalloped edges reminded me of a wedding cake.”
Box
69 A Winter Book In Wood by Suellen Glashausser, undated
6 leaves including covers: 11 ¾” x 8”
Balsa wood, thread, paper, white crayon, metal rings
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in green thread, sewn into the cover.
Box
70 Woosh Gat Drasomly, 1981
8 leaves, no covers: 10" x 6 ¾”
Paper, ink, thread, ribbon
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser le 10 juillet 1981.”
“Used tissue paper are printed with brown inked rubber stamp letters in a poem by the artist. Stitching intrudes on the pages.”
Box
71 Yellow Metal Book, 1992
5 leaves, not included covers: 10” x 8 ¾”
Metal, paper, pastels, paper bag, pencil, crayon, thread, ribbon
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser” in graphite, inside back paper cover.
Box
72 Yvon Bordeaux, 1981
39 leaves, including covers: 3 ½” x 6”
Paper, thread, metal, crayon, glassine
Digital item
Signed “Suellen Glashausser November 4, 1981” inside back cover.
Altered book of postcards; alternating leaves of sewn and pricked glassine.
Box
73 Yvon Chateau de La Loire, 1981
21 leaves, no covers: 3 ½” x 6”
Paper, thread, metal
Digital item
Not signed.
Altered book of postcards.
Box
00 Torrado Natural, 1999
11 leaves, no covers: 12”
Cloth
Not signed.
Consists of 11 Brazilian coffee bags (Torrado Natural) sewn together along the long side. Bags are printed by Torrefaccao Lusitana Ltd. in red, green and blue ink, which the artist has oversewn with green thread and red fabric strips in various patterns. This work is cataloged in the library under call number N7433.4.G5T67 1999.