Saturday, December 09, 2006

Recent Acquisitions

- Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript library has acquired the archives of "New Leader" magazine, a journal of political philosophy and cultural criticism which was published from 1924-2006. The archive "will comprise over 200 linear feet of material, including editorial correspondence, manuscripts, original artwork, photographs, contracts, advertising, and other documents spanning the magazine's history."

- The books of the late Sir Basil Blackwell, eulogized as "the best read man in England," have been donated to the Bodelian Library at Oxford, and will "form an important part of the new Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book." "The collection was started by Sir Basil in the 1920s. It includes valuable and important printed books from the 15th to the 20th century covering a wide range of subjects, especially European and English literature."

- More than 10,000 volumes of culinary books and ephemera belonging to Philadelphia chef Fritz Blank will go to the University of Pennsylvania. The collection includes early cookbooks, cooking periodicals, and more than a thousand community cookbooks ("like those compiled by churches or PTAs").