About Us


The Caxton Club was founded in Chicago in January 1895 by fifteen bibliophiles. Their charter stated that the intent of the club was “the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books and the occasional publishing of books designed to illustrate, promote and encourage these arts.” The Caxton Club today has more than 300 resident and non-resident members of all ages and from a wide variety of fields — authors, binders, book artists, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, and scholars — united by the love of books. In its 125 years, the Caxton Club has published fine books on a variety of subjects that includes Americana, art history, the history of printing, literature, and the book arts. The club continues its commitment to publishing and the book arts, specializing in topics related to Midwest. It has arranged numerous exhibitions in cooperation with well-respected cultural institutions and libraries. In addition, the club’s regular events, monthly publication the Caxtonian, joint meetings with related organizations, and field trips provide the membership with many ways to learn about the history, production, and collecting of books. In addition, the club is committed to the encouragement of book collecting and the book arts among younger people by soliciting applications for annual grants to students in the book arts and by offering support to innovative young book collectors. Each month, with the exception of July and August, the club holds an event in the evening of the third Wednesday evening consisting of a presentation by a distinguished scholar on a subject related to books or the book arts. Also, on the second Friday of each month (except July and August) the club presents a midday event consisting of an illustrated book-related presentation.



211 South Clark Street,
PO Box 2329,
Chicago IL 60604-9997


Tel: +1 (312) 970-1294
info@caxtonclub.org