History of the Sketchbooks of Ree Morton

The partnership of the Ree Morton collection and the Franklin Furnace Archive spans over twenty years. The estate of Ree Morton donated these materials in January of 1988, a time when Franklin Furnace housed the largest public collection of Artist Books in the United States (this collection was later transferred to the Museum of Modern Art in June 2011). Although none of the Ree Morton sketchbooks were artist books in the technical sense, Franklin Furnace foresaw their historical importance and agreed to undertake the time and expense of integrating them into an existing archival system of physical preservation and intellectual access. For the next twenty years Franklin Furnace actively participated in the promotion and exhibition of the sketchbooks.