Final Issue of Judith Hoffberg’s Umbrella

One of our chapter’s founding members, Judith Hoffberg, just announced the publication of the final issue of Umbrella over ARLIS-L:

Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:30 PM

The final issue of Umbrella Online and Umbrella is now available to anyone in the world at You can now read Umbrella without any password or e-mail. Just go to the website whenever you want to do research or read current or back issues.
I explain why I have had to end to journal after 31 years.  Thanks you for your loyalty and support.

Judith A. Hoffberg

Here is an excerpt from her piece, From the Editor, in the last issue:

Obsessed with umbrellas and parasols, it allowed me to create a huge collection of “umbrelliana” which has overwhelmed both my domestic and storage settings. I learned more about textiles, fashion, kitsch, marketing, performance art, multicultural innovations with the object umbrella, encountering artists who used the image to intrigue me as well as to whet my appetite. It has been an easy image to collect in paper ephemera as well as almost 200 three-dimensional umbrella objects. From a tiny Chinese lace umbrella to a 19th century silk parasol, from 333 antiquarian books to countless artifacts, the collection has grown over the past 30 years.

In the ensuing two months I have been in hospice, I have missed sharing with you all the art news, umbrella news, and mail art news for this issue. With this issue I say goodbye, knowing full well that you can always read back issues, do database research in all the issues from vol.1 no. 1, with Umbrella being a free journal for all to read, from 1978 through 2008. This has been made possible for posterity thanks to Indiana University and Sonja Staum-Kuniej at IUPUI.

Read the full editorial here.