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Rare Book School
Preliminary Reading List

Donors and Libraries

Susan M. Allen & William P. Barlow, Jr


Preliminary Advices

Please read the following before coming to class:

  1. ACRL Code of Ethics for Special Collections Librarians. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association, October 2003.
  2. ACRL Guidelines for the Security of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Other Special Collections. July 1999.
  3. ACRL Guidelines Regarding Theft in Libraries. January 2003.
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. Browar, Lisa. “An Oral Contract Isn't Worth the Paper It's Printed On.” Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship 6: 100-107 (2, 1991).
  7. 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.]
  8. Freudenheim, Susan. “Romancing the Collector: Will There Be a Storybook Ending?” The New York Times, March 31, 2004.
  9. Schreyer, Alice. Elective Affinities: Private Collectors & Special Collections in Libraries. Chicago: The University of Chicago Library, 2001.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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: