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  • Lecture

When to Keep and When to Let Go: Re-purchasing an 18th century Law Book for the Penn Libraries

Mitch Fraas, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts


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November 18, 2022, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual (link will be sent to registrants)
Open to the Public
University of Pennsylvania Libraries bookplate for a "withdrawn" title

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.

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