What libraries value changes over time and sometimes this means as librarians we get a chance to reconsider past institutional decisions. This past year, the Penn Libraries acquired a 1762 volume of Pennsylvania laws…for the second time. That is, the book had been in the Penn Libraries for many decades before being de-accessioned and sold sometime in the mid-late twentieth century as a duplicate. Why did we decide we should reverse the decision of our predecessors? Why have multiple copies of the same book? This talk will explore these tricky curatorial questions and more.
These monthly lunchtime presentations by Kislak curators, faculty, and students focus on individual works or small archives and collections found among the holdings of the Kislak Center.