The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
Founded by Marvin and Ruth Sackner in 1979 in Miami Beach, Florida, the Sackner Archive currently holds the largest collection of concrete and visual poetry in the world. The archive includes over 75,000 annotated books, periodicals, typewritings, drawings, letters, print portfolios, ephemera, and rare and out of print artist’s books and manuscripts representing twentieth century art movements such as Italian Futurism, Russian and Eastern European Avant Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Ultra, Tabu-Dada, Lettrisme, and Ultra-Lettrisme.
Ruth Sackner passed away in October 2015, and the family reached the decision that the archive will be sold. Due to structural damage the building sustained during Hurricane Irma, the entire collection was moved in October 2017 to temporary housing in Long Island City. Thankfully, less then 100 works were damaged! It has been determined that the archive is too massive to place as one entity, so sub collections will be divided and distributed to various institutions and buyers.