Established in 1932 by Professor Rosalind Keep, the Eucalyptus Press is at the center of the groundbreaking Book Art Program at Mills College. The press once published books by Mills faculty, students, and administration as well as broadsides—individual printed sheets showcasing literary text in original layouts—by renowned writers in the Contemporary Writers Series. These broadsides were designed and printed in limited editions by graduate students in the Book Art Program.
As a student in the Book Art Program, you’ll enjoy access to our comprehensive facilities, which include the Eucalyptus Press studio, the graduate letterpress studio, the Florence Walter Bindery, and the Book Art Pocket Gallery, where students curate exhibitions of their own and others’ creative work. Our studios are available 24 hours a day, with hours of on-site support by teaching assistants and our studio manager. You’ll also have the opportunity to utilize a wide range of etching and relief presses, hundreds of cases of metal and wood type, and traditional and contemporary binding equipment. The Heller Rare Book Room in the F.W. Olin Library provides an impressive collection of rare antiquarian and contemporary books, including hundreds of handmade artists’ books. The Mills Center for the Book, located in The Heller Rare Book Room, offers lectures, exhibitions, and workshops led by book artists and historians.