Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2003 Issue

Ten Days Away

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Virtually all Zubal customers visit electronically rather than in person. On any given day several hundred thousand books are for sale. That makes its active inventory about three times the size of the largest Barnes & Noble Bookstores. And as quickly as this material heads out the door a mountain of unprocessed material waits its chance to enter the selling ring. Few will ever penetrate the mysteries of the Zubal warehouses but everyday hundreds, even thousands of customers peruse the Zubal inventory online and many find the material they want at prices that are right. I could have stayed longer but managed to have most of a day there. It was unforgettable.

On Tuesday, the 16th, we visited Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Tom headed for an admission interview and I met Bruce Kinzer, Professor of History. Here I had the opportunity to discuss how the Æ could be effective and interesting to colleges, professors, and universities and received some valuable insight and perspective along with some suggestions about how to proceed.

On Wednesday, we visited Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Here I met Megan Adams, Social Sciences librarian and learned that educational institutions are increasingly looking for the ability to monitor the burgeoning population of databases that are quickly populating the net. In some sense, libraries have the same concerns as the websites do. Are the students using the database? And how are they using it?

In the afternoon we visited the University of Pennsylvania. This is a very impressive school.

On Thursday we visited Lehigh University in Bethlehem. This is an “engineering school” but is actually much more although an analysis of the databases available in their libraries show how strongly slanted to engineering they are. Of about 115 databases I saw listed only two looked to be obviously tied to American history. But Lehigh seems to be onto something. I doubt there are many colleges as technologically advanced and we, on the Æ, can see convergence ahead as the technical side of the world merges with humanities databases to empower both the left and right brainers. One senses the future is now.

On Friday Tom visited New York University. It’s located in Greenwich Village. For Tom, who goes to school in Haight Ashbury, this seemed very comfortable. The size of the liberal arts school means there are plenty of courses with the ability to experiment in different disciplines before declaring a major.

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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