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.
Each month (save sweltering July and August) members can meet for a Wednesday evening presentation by a distinguished scholar who will offer a wonderfully illustrated presentation on book or book arts related topics. The presentation is preceded by a cocktail hour and followed by dinner (though members and guests may opt to attend just the talk. Similarly, nine times a year, members and guests may attend a luncheon that provides a presentation reflecting solid scholarship, leavened by a generous helping of humor and fun.