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Re: I would rather burn them (was Re: Librarian responds) [Being posted for Jack Thompson]



The joy of books is in the handling and reading.  I worked for a few years as
collections manager/librarian for a small historical museum.  The
books were only marked on in pencil, and each had a marker
listing information. However, the books could not be used out of the
library, and could only be accessed through the librarian.  Since
most of them were old, the rules made sense.  However, in a
regular lending library, people will use and misuse the books.  The
fact that they're being read, enjoyed, handled is the best
compliment a writer can have.  So why not send them on for other
people's pleasure?  I too have a huge library.  I will give books to
friends, donate them to libraries, and/or sell them.

Bertha Rogers


Date sent:              Sat, 18 Mar 2000 07:07:14 -0500
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From:                   "Peter D. Verheyen" <verheyen@philobiblon.com>
Subject:                Re: I would rather burn them (was Re: Librarian responds) [Being
                posted for Jack Thompson]
To:                     BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

>  >>I have some 40,000 volumes in my private book collection....
>  >Dear Art:
>  >I can see how you would prefer to sell your collection...
>  >Do you remember that piece of 60s wisdom which said: If you love them, set
>  >them free ... ?
>  >Richard Miller
>
> The follow up on that wisdom was that if they do not return within a certain
> period of time, go out and kill them
>
> I don't own 40,000 volumes, but my conservation reference collection exceeds
> 4,000 volumes.  Other conservators have told me that I have no business owning
> such a collection; that the books belong in a public collection.
>
> Well, some of my books are exlibris; discarded by public collections.
>
> A few years ago the librarian from the Getty Conservation Institute came
> to my lab to make an offer for the collection; a couple of months ago a
> book dealer told me that the Huntington Library was interested in acquiring
> my collection.  I do not know if that is true, because the Huntington has
> not contacted me personally, but I can say that the reason I built my research
> library is that none of the university or public libraries in my part of the
> country carried the books I required for my research.
>
> If I have not sold the collection before I die, my wife & children will read
> the letter I've left in our safe deposit box.  If possible, my collection will
> go in one piece to either an institution or a private collector.  Failing that,
> there are directions about how best to dispose of the 14 subject areas
> represented in the collection.
>
> A collection of books is not the end-all, be-all; it is only a speed bump
> in the meaning of life (apologies to Monty Python.)
>
> Jack
>
> Jack C. Thompson
> Thompson Conservation Laboratory
> Portland, Oregon 97217
> USA
>
> 503/735-3942  (voice/fax)
>
> http://www.teleport.com/~tcl
>
>
>
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