The Caxton Club was founded in January 1895 by fifteen bibliophiles. Their intent 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." Today, the Caxton Club numbers over 300 resident and non-resident members--authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, and scholars--who share the love of books.
In its more than 100 years, the Caxton Club has published a number of titles on Americana, printing history, literature, bibliomania, and bookbinding, as well as individual publications on ancient history, art history, even opera.
Now in its second century, the Caxton Club continues its commitment to publishing and public exhibitions, specializing in topics related to the book arts in the Midwest. Its exhibitions are organized in cooperation with cultural institutions and libraries. In addition, the club's regular programs, newsletter, occasional joint meetings with related organizations, and field trips provide the membership with a forum to learn about the history, production, and collecting of fine books. Members meet monthly for a Wednesday dinner with a distinguished speaker on a book-related topic, and for a Friday luncheon where members discuss their interests informally.