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Intangible Qualities of Rare Books: Toward a Decision-Making Framework for Preservation Management in Rare Book Collections, Based Upon the Concept of the Book as Object

Description: For rare book collections, a considerable challenge is involved in evaluating collection materials in terms of their inherent value, which includes the textual and intangible information the materials provide for the collection's users. Preservation management in rare book collections is a complex and costly process. As digitization and other technological advances in surrogate technology have provided new forms representation, new dilemmas in weighing the rare book's inherently valuable characteristics against the possibly lesser financial costs of surrogates have arisen. No model has been in wide use to guide preservation management decisions. An initial iteration of such a model is developed, based on a Delphi-like iterative questioning of a group of experts in the field of rare books. The results are used to synthesize a preservation management framework for rare book collections, and a small-scale test of the framework has been completed through two independent analyses of five rare books in a functioning collection. Utilizing a standardized template for making preservation decisions offers a variety of benefits. Preservation decisions may include prioritizing action upon the authentic objects, or developing and maintaining surrogates in lieu of retaining costly original collection materials. The framework constructed in this study provides a method for reducing the subjectivity of preservation decision-making and facilitating the development of a standard of practice for preservation management within rare book collections.
Date: May 2006
Creator: Sheehan, Jennifer Karr
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Pony Tracks by Frederic Remington]

Description: Photograph of a children's book set on a table that is titled 'Pony Tracks' and was written by Frederic Remington. Drawn on the front is a Native American riding on a horse with a trail of hoof-prints leading back to a cowboy on a horse stamped with US. On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Libraries - Rare books".
Date: [1979..]
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Way of an Indian by Frederic Remington]

Description: Photograph of a book titled 'The Way of an Indian' that was written by Frederic Remington. It is resting on a flat surface for the picture and on its cover is a picture of two Native Americans on horses that is framed by two drawn arrows and two dotted lines. On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Libraries - Rare books".
Date: 197u
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Rare books arrangement]

Description: Photograph of several rare books in an arrangement for display. The three visible titles are 'Quest for the Best' by Stanley Marcus, 'A Journal of Trip Down East, Aug. 1858' by Frank Ellison, and 'Portraits of the Queen'. The book by Marcus is covered with a red plastic slip and on the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Libraries - Rare books".
Date: [1979..]
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Rare books on shelf]

Description: Photograph of several rare books on a shelf in the Willis Library archives. There are two editions of Johnson's Dictionary Vol. 1 & 2, the Gutenberg Biblia Sacra Vol. 1 & 2, and The Inferno by Dante. Attached to the print is a tag that reads "Job No. 4007; Page 6; Photo No. F; Customer Q & A; Photo Size 6 x 4.5 picas; Screen Size 133; Scale 42%; Denistometer Reading S 1.45". On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Rare Books".
Date: 19uu
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Rare books shelf]

Description: Photograph of rare books on a shelf in the archives of Willis Library. The titles include 'The Inferno' by Dante two editions of 'Johnson's Dictionary' Vol. 1 & 2, the Gutenberg 'Biblia Sacra' Vol. 1 & 2, and two others. On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Library - Rare books".
Date: 19uu
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Rare books and photos arrangement]

Description: Photograph of rare books and photo sets in an arrangement for a display in Willis Library. One of the books is in the shape of an apple, others have gilded covers with patters, another has a portrait on the front and there is also a set of photos attached to each other and stored in a purse shaped case. A red plastic cut out is covering one of the ornate books that is titled 'The 12 JUNE 1--- CONTRACTS' and on the back is a handwritten note that reads "Libraries - Rare books".
Date: [1979..]
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Shelf of rare books]

Description: Photograph of rare books on a shelf in the Willis Library archives. The titles include 'Turnbull on Ancient Painting 1740', 'The Inferno' by Dante, two editions of 'Johnson's Dictionary' Vol. 1 & 2, the Gutenberg 'Biblia Sacra' Vol. 1 & 2, and two others. On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Rare Books".
Date: 19uu
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Tiny book in hand]

Description: Photograph of a tiny book and its case in someone's hand. The book is the "London Almanack for the year of Chris 1812" below the seal is a short description and explanation of things within that reads "The ALMANACK EXPLAINED; Note Under the title of every month is the ch---- of the Moon every ---- containes three col---- 1 Days of the --- 2 Saints Day--- 3 Time of hi---- at London ---- Printed ---". There is a red plastic cover over the book, case, and hand, and on the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Libraries - Rare books".
Date: [1979..]
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Tiny picture book in hand]

Description: Photograph of a rare tiny book of pictures and paintings that folds up into a little purse case. The book is in the hand of an employee and at the top is a handwritten note that reads "MUST RETURN TO PAIS AFTER USE." On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Libraries - Rare books".
Date: [1979..]
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photo album in hands]

Description: Photograph of a photo album open in someone's hands on a table. The two visible pictures are both portraits, one of a man alone and the other of two people together. On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "A. M. Willis Library - Rare Books Room Photo Album Service #1".
Date: [1979..]
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Man taking notes from rare book]

Description: Photograph of a man taking notes on a separate pad of paper from a manuscript with music scores on one page and writing on another. He is in the Rare Books Room at Willis Library. There are shelves and cases along the wall and a large indoor plant. On the back of the print is a handwritten note that reads "Rare Books".
Date: 197u
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Mitty Plummer and Sharon Smith]

Description: Photograph of Dr. Kenneth Lavender, the head of the rare books room, showing Mitty Plummer, then new to the faculty of the engineering department, and his fiance Sharon Smith the pages of a book. They are standing in the Rare Book Room next to a work table. On the back of the print is the handwritten note "Dr. Kenneth Lavender Man -> Mitty Plummer New Faculty Engineering with fiance Sharon Smith" and "AM Willis Library : Rare Book Room 9/9".
Date: 198u
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Newspaper]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Cee Cox, who may have acquired a very rare January 1800 issue of the Ulster county Gazette, which reports on the funeral of George Washington in dramatic detail; Cox is investigating the authenticity of the piece.
Date: November 21, 1964
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Levis and Remington exhibit, NT Scene]

Description: Video recording of a NT Scene segment about Dr. Kenneth Lavender, bibliographer, curator and head of the Rare Book Room in the University of North Texas' Willis Library. Dr. Lavender established the Rare Book and Texana Collection - its purpose is to preserve rare and special materials for research and cultural heritage. Together with Richard Himmel, they discuss the O. S. Levis and Frederic Remington exhibition: Two Vision of the American West that was on display from October 10th through December 15th, 1988.
Date: 1988-10/1988-12
Creator: North Texas Television (NTTV)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Thomas Allen at UTD archives display]

Description: Photograph of Thomas Allen, UTD archivist, at the Eugene McDermott Library table at the Dallas Heritage Village Pavilion for the DFW Archives Bazaar. There is a large tri-fold poster with pictures and informational blurbs from various collections within the library. There are also booklets, pamphlets, pencils, and bags as handouts.
Date: October 14, 2018
Creator: Lehman, Lois
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Patrizia Nava speaking to visitor]

Description: Photograph of Patrizia Nava, curator of the UTD Aviation Archives, at the UTD table inside of the Chautauqua Pavilion at the Dallas Heritage Village during the DFW Archives Bazaar. She is speaking to a visitor at the booth. There is a tri-fold poster with pictures and information set up on the table as well as business cards, pamphlets, booklets, cards, pencils, and bags for handouts.
Date: October 14, 2018
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Thomas Allen at UTD booth]

Description: Photograph of Thomas Allen, an archivist, at the UTD table inside of the Chautauqua Pavilion at the Dallas Heritage Village during the DFW Archives Bazaar. There is a tri-fold poster with pictures and information set up on the table as well as business cards, pamphlets, booklets, cards, pencils, and bags for handouts.
Date: October 14, 2018
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[UTD display table]

Description: Photograph of the UTD archives booth in the Dallas Heritage Village pavilion, where several tables were set up for the DFW Archives Bazaar. The main presentation piece is a tri-fold poster board with pictures and informational notes about UTD's Eugene McDermott Library special collections. It includes information about "The Louise B. Belsterling Botanical Collection", "The History of Aviation Archives", the "Rare Books Collection", the "University Archives", and the "Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library". There are also two stacks of bags with UTD and the library's title printed on them and a cup of pencils.
Date: October 14, 2018
Creator: Williamson, James
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Nava and Allen at UTD Library table]

Description: Photograph of Patrizia Nava, curator of the UTD Aviation Archives, and Thomas Allen, an archivist, at the UTD table inside of the Chautauqua Pavilion at the Dallas Heritage Village during the DFW Archives Bazaar. There is a tri-fold poster with pictures and information set up on the table as well as business cards, pamphlets, booklets, cards, pencils, and bags for handouts. A visitor is standing across from them.
Date: October 14, 2018
Creator: Maberry, Misty
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[UTD booth inside of Chautauqua Pavilion]

Description: Photograph of Patrizia Nava, curator of the UTD Aviation Archives, and Thomas Allen, an archivist, at the UTD table inside of the Chautauqua Pavilion at the Dallas Heritage Village during the DFW Archives Bazaar. There is a tri-fold poster with pictures and information set up on the table as well as business cards, pamphlets, booklets, cards, pencils, and bags for handouts.
Date: October 14, 2018
Creator: Maberry, Misty
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections