February 1, 2001 First "Library of Congress Rare Book Forum" to be Held April 4

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The Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress are sponsoring the first "Library of Congress Rare Book Forum" on Wednesday, April 4, with a program of speakers addressing the relationship between private collectors and special collections in libraries. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The all-day forum, which concludes at 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public; reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact the Center for the Book: (202) 707-5221; fax (202) 707-0269; or e-mail: cfbook@loc.gov.

The morning session features three speakers. Alice Schreyer, curator of special collections at the University of Chicago Library, will open the program with a historical view of how private collectors have shaped special collections in libraries. William Reese, an influential rare book dealer from New Haven, Conn., will discuss recent changes in book collecting and how they have affected the relationship between libraries and collectors. Robert H. Jackson, a noted private collector and benefactor, will consider the question of whether the private collectors of today will be the donors of tomorrow.

In the afternoon, panelists will discuss the relationship among librarians, collectors, and book sellers and the process of cultivating institutional giving.

Panelists include: Merrily E. Taylor, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University; John Warnock, book collector and founder of Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif.; Edmond Lincoln of New York City, former acting rare book librarian at the Winterthur Museum and longtime supporter of the Winterthur Library; and Selby Kiffer, senior vice president for books and manuscripts at Sotheby's, New York.

The Library of Congress Rare Book Forum is one of many cooperative projects cosponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Center for the Book. Projects have included the Engelhard Lectures on the Book (1979-1991), a symposium and book, The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald (1982); a 1987 symposium on "Incunabula in American Libraries;" and two projects and publications, The Printer & the Pardoner, by Paul Needham (1986) and Federal Copyright Records 1790-1800 (1987).


PR 01-016
ISSN 0731-3527