December 2010 Archives

NEDCC Awarded Prestigious Grant

NEDCC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help support its Preservation Services activities over the next two years.

The NEH funding will help enhance NEDCC's capacity to deliver preservation information to smaller organizations impacted by the economic downturn.

NEDCC has responded to the needs of these organizations by increasing its offerings of convenient and affordable preservation training programs and expanding its digital services to encompass training and consultation.

By helping institutions better understand and address their preservation challenges - through workshops, webinars, a reference service, disaster assistance, publications, surveys and consultations, and a comprehensive website - NEDCC is poised to help institutions preserve their vital humanities collections in these tough economic times.

NEDCC is a nonprofit organization that relies on federal grants like this one, as well as generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and other sponsors, to help sustain the variety of free and low-cost preservation services and resources that you depend on.

Massachusetts Congresswoman Niki Tsongas recently offered her congratulations:

It's fitting that such an important organization in the Fifth District can continue to ensure that 
our cultural and historic legacy is preserved. 

I want to congratulate NEDCC for receiving these competitive federal grant funds, which will assist libraries, archives, museums, and other similar institutions affected by the economic downturn to maintain and preserve their historic collections.

For more information about NEDCC, visit or call (978) 470-1010.

Swann Galleries' First Online-Only Auction

Treasure Trove of Performing Arts Autographs Becomes Swann Galleries' First Online-Only Auction, From January 10 Through February 1.

Highlights include Playbills Signed by Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Paul Robeson, James Stewart, and Mae West

New York—A large collection of signed photographs and playbills will be offered in Swann Galleries’ first online-only auction, which runs from January 10 through February 1. The entire auction will be conducted online—including the sale preview—and there will be no printed catalogue.

The sale will offer approximately 400 lots, which consist of selections from a large collection formed in the first half of the 20th Century.

There are signed photographs of the famous, near-famous and now-forgotten--among them stage and screen actors, opera singers, classical musicians, ballet dancers and more. There are also signed playbills from Broadway and road productions, many with letters and/or contemporary clippings.

Signed and inscribed photographs include:

George Arliss, the first British actor to win an Academy Award
Eddie Cantor, inscribed photograph, showing him in blackface
Marguerite Clark, a chorus girl turned film star
Clara Clemens, Mark Twain’s daughter, starring in her father’s Joan of Arc
Rafaelo Diaz, a tenor who sang with the Met from 1917 to 1936
Julian Eltinge, two photographs of the female impersonator, one in costume
Ignaz Friedman, a Polish piano virtuoso
Paul Haakon, ballet and Broadway dancer
Josef Hofmann, piano virtuoso
Al Jolson, “The world’s greatest entertainer”
Morgan Kingston, sang at the Met with Caruso
Cleo Mayfield, half of the acting team of Lean and Mayfield
Vivienne Segal, created the role of Vera Simpson in Pal Joey
Marion Talley, debuted at the Met in 1926 at the age of 19
Mrs. Thomas Whiffen, born in 1845; performed actively into her 80s

Signed and inscribed playbills include:

Humphrey Bogart and Ruth Gordon, Saturday’s Children, signed, 1928
Jack Dempsey, signature on a 1928 program for The Big Fight
Paul Robeson, inscription on summer-stock program, 1931
Boris Karloff, Arsenic and Old Lace, signed on the cover, 1942
Gertrude Lawrence, Lady in the Dark, signed on the cover, 1942
Todd Duncan and Etta Moten, Porgy and Bess, signed on the cover, 1943
Tallulah Bankhead, Frederick March, Florence Eldridge, Montgomery Clift and Frances Heflin, The Skin of Our Teeth, signed on the cover, 1943
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, signed on the cover, 1945
Carousel, signed on the cover by every member of the cast, 1945
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, O Mistress Mine, signed on the cover, 1946
John Gielgud, Lillian Gish, Vladimir Sokoloff, and Dolly Haas, Crime and Punishment, signed on the cover, and inscribed by Gielgud, 1947
Henry Fonda, David Wayne, Robert Keith, and William Harrigan, Mister Roberts, signed on the cover, 1948
Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, South Pacific, signed on the cover, 1949

The auction will begin on Monday, January 10 and will conclude on Tuesday, February 1.

For further information, please contact George Lowry at (212) 254-4710, extension 15, or via e-mail at

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Moby-Dick Marathon

Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates 15 years with three days of activities, Jan. 7-9

(NEW BEDFORD, MA)  —  The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates its fifteenth annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece with an expanded 3-day program of entertaining activities and events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 7-9, 2011. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Since 1995, the Museum has marked the anniversary of Herman Melville’s 1841 departure from the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven aboard the whale ship *Acushnet*, with a 25-hour nonstop reading of *Moby-Dick*. The Marathon has grown to become a midwinter tradition, which attracts hundreds of Melville enthusiasts. Readers come from all walks of life, including students, scholars, fishermen, schoolteachers, community leaders, journalists, legislators, physicians, clergy, and descendants of Melville.

Weekend activities kick off on Friday, January 7th -  the eve of the Marathon - with a ticketed buffet dinner and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. The dinner will be followed by a free public lecture at 7:15 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. Dr. Elizabeth A. Schultz will present, *Is Moby-Dick Still the Great American Novel?* A Melville Society scholar and professor emerita of the University of Kansas,  Dr. Schultz is the author of *Unpainted to the Last: Moby-Dick and Twentieth Century American Art.*

For tickets to the dinner ($18), call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100.

On Saturday, January 8th  at 10:00 a.m., a new program titled “Stump the Scholars,” will allow the audience to quiz Melville Society members on all matters *Moby-Dick* in the Cook Memorial Theater. The free public program is patterned after National Public Radio’s popular show, “Wait, wait, don’t tell me.” No questions will be deemed too tough and prizes will be awarded.

At 11:30 a.m. a special exhibit titled *Visualizing Melville* opens in the changing gallery, located on the second level of the Museum adjacent to the Whaleship Fo’c’sle. The words of Herman Melville conjure up a wealth of images and the Museum’s collections are full of materials that perfectly resonate with his vivid text. Come see “Quakers with a vengeance” juxtaposed with “a heathenish array of monstrous clubs and spears.” Also, a relic from Melville’s ship, *Acushnet,* will be exhibited in honor of the Marathon’s fifteenth anniversary.

At 12:00 o’ clock noon on Saturday, the Moby-Dick Marathon begins its non-stop reading with the most famous opening line in American literature, “Call me Ishmael.” The public is cordially invited to this free 25-hour event, which runs through the night and concludes at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9th with the reading of the Epilogue. Come at any time; leave at any time, or stay the entire 25 hours and win a prize.

Throughout the reading, images related to all 135 chapters of the book will be projected in the Cook Memorial Theater, assembled and presented by the Museum’s teen apprentices of the Education Department.

Finally, via live streaming on the Museum’s website, the Marathon will circumnavigate the globe, with international readers scheduled to participate, and everyone is invited to tweet the reading at #MDM15.

Refreshments will be served throughout the Marathon. Starting at 4-bells in the 1st dog watch (Saturday at 6:00 p.m.), light whaleship fare will be offered. Coffee, cider and snacks will be available throughout the night, with breakfast to follow at 8-bells in the morning watch (Sunday at 8:00 a.m.).

The expanded weekend of activities will offer something for everyone, but reading aloud and celebrating Melville remain at the heart of the event. Reservations to read are limited. Call (508) 997-0046, ext. 151.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and whaling. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown and is open daily. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Whaling Museum online at Join the Museum’s online community at,, Twitter, and blog at

Arthur Motta
Dir., Mkt & Communications
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Tel 508/997-0046  ext 153
Fax 508/997-0018

Morgan Library Diary Exhibit

New York, NY, December 13, 2010—Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) relied on her diary to escape stifling work as a schoolteacher; Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) confided his loneliness and self-doubt; John Steinbeck (1902-1968) struggled to compose The Grapes of Wrath, and Bob Dylan (b. 1941) sketched his way through a concert tour.

For centuries, people have turned to private journals to document their days, sort out creative problems, help them through crises, comfort them in solitude or pain, or preserve their stories for the future. As more and more diarists turn away from the traditional notebook and seek a broader audience through web journals, blogs, and social media, a new exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum explores how and why we document our everyday lives. Drawn from the Morgan's own extraordinary holdings, The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives is on view from January 21 through May 22, 2011.

With over seventy items on view, the exhibition raises questions about this pervasive practice: what is a diary? Must it be a private document? Who is the audience for the unfolding stories of our lives—ourselves alone, our families, or a wider group? The diaries on view allow us to observe, in personal terms, the birth of such great works of art as Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter and Gilbert & Sullivan's opera The Pirates of Penzance. Momentous public events, from the Boston Tea Party to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, are marked by individual witnesses. Many diarists, such as Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and John Newton (1725-1807), former slave trafficker and author of the hymn "Amazing Grace," look inward, striving to live with integrity. Three great artists in their twenties, all on the brink of fame—Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Charlotte Brontë, and Kingsley Amis (1922-1995)—hone their considerable talents in their private writings. And century after century, many individuals—from the famous diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) to Abstract Impressionist painter Charles Seliger (1926-2009)—capture memory and mark time by keeping a daily record of the substance of everyday life.

"The museum is noted for its holdings of manuscripts, sketches, letters, drawings, and other items that speak to the creative mind at work," said William M. Griswold, director of the Morgan. "Diaries are particularly useful and revealing. They offer a real-time glimpse of the ways individuals of various eras and backgrounds have chosen to document their lives, thoughts, and personal struggles."


The centerpiece of the exhibition is the seminal journal of Henry David Thoreau, whose dozens of marbled-paper-covered notebooks record his well-examined life. Like many diarists writing over many centuries in a variety of forms, Thoreau sought "to meet the facts of life—the vital facts—face to face." Thoreau's monumental journal stands alongside the beautifully printed first editions of the confessions of St. Augustine (354-430) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), both transformative figures in the history of self-examination and self-revelation.

The exhibition illustrates that even before the era of web diaries, many writers envisioned (or invited) an audience. The marriage notebooks of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) and his wife, Sophia (1809-1871), for example, were interactive documents. The newlyweds made entries in tandem, reading each other's contributions and building a joint narrative of their daily lives, from Nathaniel's first contribution—"I do verily believe there is no sunshine in this world, except what beams from my wife's eyes"—to Sophia's breathless declaration "I feel new as the earth which is just born again." Later, their young children added naïve drawings to the pages of their parents' notebooks, transforming the marriage diary into a family affair.

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)—one of the twentieth century's most prolific diarists—made a thick copy of her astonishingly intimate personal account, presenting to a friend "this uncut version of the Diary in memory of our uncut uncensored confidences and faith." Nin is one of several featured examples of diarists who sought a wide audience through traditional publication before the advent of the web. William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), a prolific diarist, published one of his journals during his lifetime—The Retreat Diaries (1976), a dream log he kept during a two-week Buddhist retreat in Vermont. Even Queen Victoria (1819-1901) released a volume of excerpts from her journals; a signed copy of her 1868 bestseller Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands is on view.

Some diarists turn their private writings into shared memoir. Fanny Twemlow (1881-1989), a British woman imprisoned in a civilian internment camp during World War II, recopied the illustrated diary that she kept secretly and transformed it into a cherished family memento. Lieutenant Steven Mona, who led a police rescue and recovery team after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, recast his private diary as a letter in order to share his experience with family and friends. "I don't think I will ever look at anything in life the same way," he wrote. 

The diary has long served individuals as a place of emotional haven. Twenty-year-old Charlotte Brontë, working as a schoolteacher at Roe Head School in 1836, wrote diary entries in a minuscule script on loose sheets of paper, combining autobiographical narrative with flights of fictional fantasy that helped her endure emotional isolation. Some years later, sitting in a classroom in Brussels, she opened a geography textbook and scrawled a diary entry on one of the endpapers, confiding her loneliness and bitterness: "it is a dreary life—especially as there is only one person in this house worthy of being liked—also another who seems a rosy sugarplum but I know her to be coloured chalk.


Tennessee Williams, too, relied on his diary in times of loneliness. In February 1955 he made his first entry in a cheap Italian exercise book with a cover featuring white polka dots on a blue background: "A black day to begin a blue journal." With Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in rehearsal and a new production of his acclaimed play A Streetcar Named Desire about to open in New York, Williams was nevertheless full of anxiety and increasingly dependent on drugs and alcohol. At the height of his literary success, he carried the journal from New York to Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Barcelona, and Hamburg, recording physical and emotional distress, frequent sexual encounters, and a debilitating creative impasse. "Nothing to say except I'm still hanging on," he wrote.

The great Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) did not begin a diary until late in life, when he was already one of Europe's most famous men, and shortly before a countrywide financial crisis forced him to spend the rest of his life writing himself furiously out of debt. Over a period of six years, the journal became a crucial outlet for the feelings of despair—the "cold sinkings of the heart"—that had agonized him from the time of his youth. Even as he revealed his most intimate feelings, Scott made clear that he had decided to "gurnalize" (as he called it) not only for his own benefit but also for "my family and the public."

One of those who read and benefited from Scott's revealing journal was English art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900), who kept a diary in 1878 leading up to a severe mental collapse. After he recovered, he meticulously re-read his diary, marking it up and indexing it in search of warning signs to help him anticipate future breakdowns. He left several pages dramatically blank, heading them with just a few words—"February to April—the Dream"—an allusion to the nightmarish visions he had endured over several months.

The diary as a stimulus to creativity is represented by an extraordinary illustrated journal of American painter Stuart Davis (1894-1964), working journals of novelist John Steinbeck, a journal/sketchbook of English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), and a travel diary of Albert Einstein (1879-1955) that is full of mathematical jottings. A diary of Nathaniel Hawthorne includes this idea for a story subject: "The life of a woman, who, by the old colony law, was condemned always to wear the letter A, sewed on her garment, in token of her having committed adultery." Hawthorne, of course, later developed this germ of a story—first documented in his diary—into one of the most celebrated of American novels.

While today's new media facilitates ever more frequent diary entries—sometimes updated hour by hour—the exhibition features examples of diarists similarly committed to continuous life documentation. In Bob Dylan's verbal and visual diary of his 1974 concert tour with The Band, he sketched a hotel room in Memphis and added a line of poetry: "Exploding galaxies of the red white & blue pulsing in the night of the big eye." Abstract Expressionist painter Charles Seliger (1926-2009) kept over 150 notebooks over many decades, rarely allowing a day to go by without recording activities, thoughts, and opinions, until his death in 2009. Seliger wrote in the tradition of the most famous English diarist—Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) —whose record of daily life in seventeenth-century London became a nineteenth-century bestseller. The Morgan holds the corrected proofs for the first published edition of Pepys's diaries—evidence of the long-standing human impulse to read other people's diaries.

In his working journal for The Grapes of Wrath, on view in the exhibition, John Steinbeck articulated the challenge of presenting an uncensored version of oneself: "I have tried to keep diaries before, but it didn't work out because of the necessity to be honest." While today's online diaries and social media profiles encourage the creation of carefully managed self-portraits, the impulse to deliberately craft one's identity in the diary is nothing new.

The exhibition is accompanied by free weekly podcasts of readings from the diaries and an active blog that explores issues related to diary keeping both past and present.


In 1909, at a single stroke, financier and collector Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) became the keeper of the most extraordinary stash of American literary manuscripts ever assembled in this country. For the sum of $165,000, he purchased the collection assembled by Stephen Wakeman, which included dozens of notebooks kept by Henry David Thoreau and eighteen diaries of Nathaniel Hawthorne (two of them kept together with his wife, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne). Since Pierpont Morgan's day, The Morgan Library & Museum has continued to acquire diaries of note, sometimes directly from their authors. Recent acquisitions include diaries of Tennessee Williams, Stuart Davis, and Charles Seliger.


Living the Wired Life

Gordon Bell

What if a diary could capture and store everything an individual experiences in his or her lifetime? Tech luminary Gordon Bell, principal researcher at Microsoft, has spent over a decade working on the MyLifeBits project, an exploration of various aspects of digitizing life, also known as lifelogging. Co-author of Total Recall (recently republished as Your Life, Uploaded: The Digital Way to Better Memory, Health, and Productivity), Bell will speak about the history of MyLifeBits and the impact technology has had on the enduring drive to document our lives. 

Wednesday, February 2, 6:30 PM*

Tickets: $15 for Non-Members; $10 for Members

Dear Diary: Dramatic Readings from The Diary

Join us for an evening of dramatic readings inspired by the compelling personal stories found in the manuscripts featured in the exhibition The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives. Actors Paul Hecht (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 1776) and Barbara Feldon (Get Smart, Smile), will perform selections from the diaries of Charlotte Bronte?, Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott, Henry David Thoreau, and Tennessee Williams. Commentary will be provided by Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator, Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum.

Thursday, April 21, 7 PM*

*The exhibition The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives will be open at 6 PM especially for program attendees.


The Diary on Screen

To coincide with the exhibition The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives, the Morgan is screening two films adapted from the diaries of famous historical figures.

MASTERPIECE Classic's The Diary of Anne Frank

(2010, 100 minutes)

Director: Jon Jones

Join us for a screening of one of the most poignant and well-known diary stories. This recent MASTERPIECE Classic production draws on Anne Frank's own words in the most accurate-ever adaptation of the revered memoir. The film stars newcomer Ellie Kendrick as Anne, with Iain Glen and Tamsin Greig as Anne's father and mother, Otto and Edith Frank. Presented in partnership with MASTERPIECE Classic, WGBH Boston.

Friday, February 11, 7 PM

The Story of Adele H.

(1975, 98 minutes)

Director: François Truffaut

Adapted from the real-life diaries of Victor Hugo's daughter (which are on view in the exhibition The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives), this film tells the story of Adele H., whose pursuit of a handsome and womanizing British lieutenant takes her across an ocean and eventually sparks her spiral into madness. Isabelle Adjani received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the title character in this haunting portrait of obsession and desire. Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott, and Joseph Blatchley also star. Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment Inc.

Friday, April 15, 7 PM

Family Program

Bound to Write: Build Your Own Journal 

Join book artist and educator Stephanie Krause and learn basic bookbinding techniques to
create, decorate, and begin to fill your own journal. Following a brief tour of the exhibition The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives, families will explore beautiful art materials while binding a double signature pamphlet book with a tied wraparound cover. Appropriate for ages 6-12. This workshop is limited to families with children. There is a limit of two adult tickets per family.

Saturday, February 26, 2-4 PM

Gallery Talk
The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives

Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator, Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum

Friday, February 18, 7 PM


The Diary is organized by Christine Nelson, The Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at The Morgan Library & Museum. 

This exhibition is sponsored by CastleRock Management. 

Generous support is provided by the William C. Bullitt Foundation.

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan's private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets. 

General Information

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405


Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended Friday hours, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Morgan closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children, 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.

The Morgan Library & Museum
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Roosevelt and Emerson at Auction in Ithaca

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, will feature a number of important vintage and antique first editions and a large collection dedicated to the history of the New England States. A unique collection of handwritten documents from the collection of William Howland highlighted by correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony, alongside several early volumes on the history of golf and a signed 1930 copy of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” will also be offered during the January 9th auction.

1632 William Shakespeare’s “The Life & Death of King John” also featured Sunday, January 9th.
First editions highlighting this auction include: John Wesley Powell’s “Canyons of the Colorado” (1895); Harry Houdini’s “A Magician Among the Spirits” (with rare dust jacket); J. D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey” (1945); an author-signed copy of James Patterson’s “The Thomas Berryman Number” (1976); and an author-signed, limited-edition copy of Bertha Corbett’s “The Sun-Bonnet Babies” (1900).
New England- related material includes hundreds of 19th century volumes on the histories of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Featured among this collection are two early works from authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  “A Historical Discourse, Delivered Before the Citizens of Concord, 12th September, 1835. On the Second Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town,” printed in 1835, is Emerson's first separately published substantial publication.
Four pieces of handwritten correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt and one from Susan B. Anthony, are among the featured items from the collection of the Howland family of Central New York.  The Howlands, a Quaker family, arrived in Central New York in the late 1790s and became an important influence in the history of Cayuga County, with William serving as a representative in the government and as a judge, among other key roles.  Howland’s sister, Emily Howland, was active in the suffrage and the abolitionist movements.
This first-of-the-year catalog includes a number of important antique and vintage volumes on the history of golf.  Among the volumes, are a 1960 first edition of Richard Tufts’ “The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf” and an author-signed copy of Charles Blair Macdonald’s “Scotland's Gift - Golf.”
National Book Auctions is a targeted auction service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. National Book Auctions has scheduled two live auctions per month over the next year featuring collectible books, art, currency and ephemera. For more information, please contact David Hall at 607-269-0101 or email

Grolier Club Fellowship

New York, December 13, 2010 -- The Grolier Club Library is pleased to announce its eighth annual fellowship offering in the history of the book. Awards of up to $2,500 are available for research in the Library's areas of strength, with emphasis on the book arts, antiquarian bookselling, and the private collecting of books and prints. Fellowship awards may be used to pay for travel, housing, and other expenses. A research stay of two weeks is desired, and fellows are expected to present a seminar or lecture at the Grolier Club, and submit a written


Members of the Grolier Club are not eligible, nor are students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs, but all other interested persons are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 750 words, stating necessary length of residence, historical materials to be used, relevance of
the Grolier Club Library collections to the project, a proposed budget, and two letters of recommendation. More information on the Library and its holdings can be found at

The deadline for applications and letters of support is March 4, 2011, and announcement of awards will be made in early May, 2011. Research terms can take place any time between June 1, 2011 and May 30, 2012, but please note that the Club is closed for the month of August.

Applications should be sent to The Fellowship Committee, The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022, or via e-mail to

Eric Holzenberg
The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY  10022
phone: 212/838-6690 ext. 1
fax: 212/838-2445
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