Rare Book School
Preliminary Reading List
Please read the following before coming to class:
- ACRL Code of Ethics for Special Collections Librarians. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association, October 2003.
- ACRL Guidelines for the Security of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Other Special Collections. July 1999.
- ACRL Guidelines Regarding Theft in Libraries. January 2003.
- Barlow, William P., Jr. Book Collecting: Personal Rewards and Public Benefits. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1986, rep 1988. (Available from the Library of Congress)
- Basbanes, Nicholas A. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. New York: Henry Holt, 1995, rep 1996. (Also, other works by Basbanes)
- Browar, Lisa. “An Oral Contract Isn't Worth the Paper It's Printed On.” Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship 6: 100-107 (2, 1991).
- Dickinson, Donald C. Dictionary of American Book Collectors. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.
[Especially the entries for Samuel Putnam Avery; Hubert Howe Bancroft; Edwin J. Beinecke, Sr. and Frederick W. Beinecke; James Ford Bell; Albert Bender; Albert A. Berg; John Carter Brown; William A. Clark, Jr.; William W. Clary; William L. Clements; Everitt, DeGolyer; Estelle Doheny; Henry Clay Folger; Philip Hofer; Henry E. Huntington; Thomas Jefferson; James Lenox; Amy Lowell; Tracy McGregor; John Pierpont Morgan and John Pierpont Morgan, Jr.; A.S.W. Rosenbach; Lessing J. Rosenwald; John Hinsdale Scheide and William Taylor Scheide; Isaiah Thomas; and Henry R. Wagner.]
- Freudenheim, Susan. “Romancing the Collector: Will There Be a Storybook Ending?” The New York Times, March 31, 2004.
- Schreyer, Alice. Elective Affinities: Private Collectors & Special Collections in Libraries. Chicago: The University of Chicago Library, 2001.
- Steele, Victoria, and Stephen D. Elder. “Fundraising with Friends Groups,” in Becoming a Fundraiser: The Principles and Practice of Library Development, 77-90. 2d. ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.
- Stoddard, Roger E. “The American Book and the American Bookman: for Marcus McCorison on His Retirement,” in A Library-Keeper’s Business: Essays by Roger E. Stoddard, selected and edited by Carol Z. Rothkopf. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2002.
- Wroth, Lawrence C. “The Chief End of Book Madness.” The Library of Congress Quarterly Journal of Current Acquisitions 3: (October 1945).
NB: All admitted students will be mailed a copy of a memorandum written by Wm P Barlow, Jr, on tax issues relevant to the course. Please also read this memo before coming to class.
And, please browse the following before coming to class:
- Auction and sales catalogues (collections that got away), especially:
Estelle Doheny (Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 1989)
Robert Hoe, III (Anderson, 1911-1912)
A. Edward Newton (Parke-Bernet, 1941)
Thomas W. Streeter (Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1966-1969)
Tony Zwicker (Books Do Furnish A Room, Granary Books, 2001)
- Burlingham, Cynthia and Bruce Whiteman, eds. The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles. Los Angeles: UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, 2001.
- The First Twenty Years: The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, an Anniversary Catalogue compiled by Ralph W. Franklin et al. New Haven: Yale University Library, 1983.
- Thompson, Neville et al. The Winterthur Library Revealed: Five Centuries of Design and Inspiration. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2003.