Janus Press was founded by Claire Van Vliet in 1955, originally in California, and later moved the operation to Vermont. Van Vliet has collaborated with many artists including Helen Siegl, Ruth Fine, and Susan Johanknecht, to name a few, and the press has created more than 100 artists' books. Hill Memorial Library holds more than 40 artists' books and more than 100 related items such as broadsides, checklists, catalogs, and ephemera.
Van Vliet experimented with non-paper materials in her books like plastics and screens, developed techniques for woven, non-adhesive binding structures, and used a multitude of printmaking techniques such as woodcut, relief etching, stone lithography, and letterpress. Van Vliet also editioned pulp painted and shaped handmade paper books, sometimes collaborating with Twinrocker Handmade Paper.
The Library of Congress houses the Janus Press archive: LOC Finding Aid