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Arthur Dunkelman Appointed Curator of the Kislak Collection at the University of Miami Richter Library

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Arthur Dunkelman, Director and curator of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation has been appointed Curator of the Kislak Collection at the University of Miami’s Richter Library.  On September 5th the Kislak Gallery will celebrate its grand opening and the public is invited.  The Kislak Collection is among the greatest collections in its categories ever built and has been  gifted to various institutions in the United States to encourage preservation, study and understanding.  Mr. Kislak passed away in 2018 at the age of 96 and had long sought to dispose of his collections to institutions that would carry on his love of history into the future.  Mr. Dunkelman managed this transition. 

 

In 2004 the Kislak Foundation donated more than 3,000 items to the Library of Congress, including more than 2,300 books, maps, manuscripts and other historic material valued at about $30 million.  Subsequently he gave significant elements of his collections to institutions of higher learning including the University of Pennsylvania and Monmouth University in New Jersey.

 

The largest portion of his collections now reside at the Kislak Collection at the University of Miami – Richter Library and the occasion upcoming celebrates the opening of its Kislak Center.

 

A recently released 40-page brochure as a PDF, Open New Worlds, A journey through the Kislak Collection, includes selected highlights of the 2019 Inaugural Exhibition.  Selected images from it illustrate this brief announcement. Here is a link to Open New Worlds.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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