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“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.  It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.”   

                                                         — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, Irish Poet, Playwright, Author)


For nearly a century, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) has shared its appreciation for books and ex libris prints with the public through exhibitions, lectures, and publications. The Society is unique among American cultural organizations in that it charges no fees for libraries to host our traveling exhibitions, and other public events and activities are free of charge as well. Needless to say, these programs are expensive to assemble and maintain, and we need your help to keep them free.

Since the turn-of-the-21st century, the Society has come under the energetic leadership of James P. Keenan who directs the activities of the ASBC&D.  The organization was founded in 1922 in Washington, DC and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For over 40 years Keenan has moved forward with the development of countless bookplate projects.  Starting with small gallery showings in Boston to the expansion of national and international exhibitions. He has published books, presented lectures, built an important bookplate print collection and library for the Society.

The ASBC&D has organized major exhibitions that have been hosted by over 30 North American institutions including the main public libraries in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland (OR), Mexico City (CDMX), San Miguel de Allende (GTO), and so on.  Several private libraries including the Boston Athenaeum, Providence Athenaeum, Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Social Law Library, Boston.  University libraries include University of Connecticut, Harvard University, Duke University, University of Massachusetts, and many more.

An indication of our popularity can be seen through our presence on social networking sites.

Our Facebook following has grown to more than 7,000 artists, bibliophiles, collectors, and librarians: www.facebook.com/bookplate.org

LinkedIn has generated a following of over 8,500 book arts professionals: www.linkedin.com/in/bookplateorg

The first known bookplate called the “Igler” (hedgehog) for Johannes Knabensberg. Germany, 1450.


The ASBC&D works to develop international friendships through the book arts. We are creating an “ex libris” art movement and the EX LIBRIS: San Francisco world congress in 2022. This is the 100th anniversary celebration for the Society. Many libraries and museums in the Bay Area hold membership with our association. The planning begins TODAY.

Since 2014, the Society has been organizing exhibitions and lectures in the San Francisco Bay Area. The excitement is building and if you have an appreciation for nearly 6 centuries of bookplate art, we need your help for the success of this project.

Acquisitions, exhibitions, museum tours, studio tours, Master Artist workshops, lectures, book publishing, marketing—this is all part of our strategy to expand the interest in this 570-year old graphic art form.  Building the impetus for the ex libris art movement by bringing book artists and collectors together from around the globe.

This congress will be our third international meeting in the Americas.  Our first global meeting was EX LIBRIS: Boston in year 2000 presented at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts. The second global meeting was EX LIBRIS: San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) in 2009. This was presented at the Instituto Allende Fine Arts College, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

Our society holds membership with the Fédération International des Sociétés Amateurs ď Exlibris (FISAE).  This is the international federation of ex libris societies made-up of 50+ member nations.

Bookplate wood engraved by Pam Rueter (1906-1998), Netherlands.


There are more than a dozen museums dedicated to bookplate art throughout the world today. The Society’s ultimate goal is to build a NEW library and museum in the United States, but for now, we must maintain the momentum.

If you are a regular visitor to our website or see our daily posts on social networking sites, or support our efforts to celebrate the art and history of the bookplate, then please consider making a donation: the ASBC&Dis a non-profit organization, and all gifts are tax deductible. Checks may be sent to the ASBC&D, P.O. Box 14964, Tucson, AZ, USA 85732-4964; or you may make a donation via credit card or bank transfer using PayPal.

The ASBC&D is a Gold-Level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. GuideStar revolutionizes philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. You may visit us: www.guidestar.org/organizations/95- 3568489/american-society-bookplate-collectors-designers.aspx


The purposes of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers as stated in our first “Year Book” of 1922 are: “To cultivate the spirit of friendship and mutual helpfulness among collectors and designers of bookplates; and to assist in the further development of the bookplate.”  This is accomplished through our publications, international meetings, and traveling exhibitions.

World unity through books. Learning through the exchange of art and ideas. Bookplates are a passport to friendship.

Thank you for your kind, tax deductible donation. It is a worthy cause to advance the interest in the book arts!

Etched bookplate by E. Reitsma-Valenca (1889-1981), Netherlands.