Welcome to The ILSSA Reference Library.

The ILSSA Library is a continually evolving list of resources submitted by ILSSA members. All ILSSA members are invited to submit titles for inclusion. The Library is compiled from the ILSSA Reference Collection, the ILSSA Working Group Temporary Library (July 2013 Convergence), and ongoing submissions. The Library remains open as a resource for members and an invitation for visitors to explore the interests and concerns of impractical laborers.


A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Ralph Mayer, 1981
A Guidebook of Alternative Nows, Amber Hickey, 2012
The American Printer: A Manual of Typography, Thomas Mackellar, 1885, 1976
Art as Experience, John Dewey, 1934
Beginnings of Trade (Unit Study Books No.406), Edna M. Reed, 1934
The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Lewis Turco, 1968, 2000
The Craft Reader, Glenn Adamson (ed.), 2010
The Craftsman, Richard Sennett, 2008
Communications, (pamphlet) Boy Scouts of America, 1972
The Delphian Society Topical Outlines, Delphian Society, 1928
Documents 1, Art Workers Coalition (AWC), 1969
Eisen voor Nieuwelingen-spoor (folded card), undated
Extra/Ordinary: Craft & Contemporary Art, Maria Buszek, 2011
Folk Technicians & Inventors, Tadeusz Seweryn, 1978
Give Back: First Nations Perspectives on Cultural Practice, Maria Campbell & Doreen Jensen, 1994
The Great Book of Secrets, Jean Mars, 1998
"The Hand at the Heart of Craft," American Craft, Bruce Metcalf, 2000
Handbook for Craftsmen, Society of Connecticut Craftsmen, 1966
Handmade Nation, Faythe Levine & Cortney Heimerl, 2008
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, Arnold Bennett, 1910, 1962
How to Sell Your Handicrafts, Robert G. Hart, 1954
How You Can Get an Extra Hour Every Day, Ray Josephs, 1954
If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?, Jeffrey J. Mayer, 1990
The Journal of Electrical Workers, Vol XXVI No.8, 1927
Keeping Your Money Healthy (pamphlet), Federal Reserve Bank, 1960
Letterpress Now, Jessica C. White, 2013
Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, 1986
ManCrafts, Popular Mechanics, 2009
The Nature & Art of Workmanship, David Pye, 1968
The New Manifesto of the New Lights Press (pamphlet), Aaron Cohick, 2009, 2013
New World Utopias, Paul Kagan, 1975
Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol.4: Smith's Sewing Single Sheets, Keith Smith, 2000
The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan, 2006
The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context, Grant H. Kester, 2011
One Big Union of All Workers (pamphlet), The Industrial Workers of the World, 1957
Order of the Arrow Information for New Members (pamphlet), 1968
The Oxford English Dictionary, 1991
Parabola: The Magazine of Myth and Tradition, the Craft issue, Vol XVI, No.3, 1991
Parabola: The Magazine of Myth and Tradition, the Solitude and Community issue, Vol XVII, No.1, 1992
Pioneers in Printing, Sean Jennett, 1958
Platform21's Repair Manifesto, 2009
PPS: Productive Problem Solving, Robert R. Carkhuff, 1973
Preparation (pamphlet), Masonic Service Association, 1925
Printing Explained , Herbert Simon & Harry Graham Carter, 1931
The Public School, 2007
Race Against Time (pamphlet), Richard Hartford, undated
Receiving Tube Manual , RCA, 1940
Setting Up & Running Your Own Craft Workshop , Crafts Council of Ireland, undated
Shop Class as SoulCraft, Mathew B. Crawford, 2009
The Social Organization of Work, Randy Hodson & Theresa A. Sullivan, 1995
Temporary Services, 1998
Thinking Through Craft, Glenn Adamson, 2007
Unification Agreement & Constitution, United Transportation Union, undated
Wabi Sabi, Leonard Koren, 1994
Your Labor Union, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, 1955