Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2006 Issue

The Authorities at UCLA say BOOK 'EM

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Learn the book game.


By Bruce McKinney

When you think of UCLA you will think of many things but its unlikely rare books is one of them. Well, prepare to adjust your thinking. On the campus of UCLA in Westwood the Department of Information Services will open its classrooms this summer to students interested in the recently founded California Rare Book School.

Five intensive one week programs will be offered including "Books of the Far West" and "Book Illustration Processes to 1900." Classes will have no more than fifteen students and will include trips to book related sites and collections. The courses are:
  • Rare Book Cataloging; faculty: Deborah J. Leslie, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship; faculty: Susan M. Allen, Getty Research Institute; Lynda Claassen, UC San Diego
  • The Book in the West; faculty: Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library
  • Descriptive Bibliography; faculty: Bruce Whiteman, UCLA
  • Book Illustration Processes to 1900, faculty: Terry Belanger, Rare Book School, Charlottesville
Participation is open to anyone but according to Professor Beverly Lynch she expects many of the students to be professionals who have had prior opportunities to participate in such programs which have been for many years offered on the American east coast.

This summer is considered a test and continuation in the future will depend on the level of support the program earns.

For additional information about the California Rare Book School, please contact Claire Raffel, Administrator, at craffel@ucla.edu.

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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