C-30. Developing Collections: Donors, Libraries & Booksellers

Tom Congalton Johan Kugelberg Katherine Reagan

This course is aimed at librarians, booksellers, collectors, scholars, and others who seek an introduction to theoretical and practical approaches to building and stewarding modern collections.  The course will cover the changing landscape for locating and selecting historically significant cultural material of the 19th and 20th centuries, including books, archives, ephemera, photographs, art, sound and video recording, and other materials. Special attention will be paid to non-traditional materials and obsolete formats, such as texts reproduced on home/office equipment, and sound and video recordings on vinyl and tape.  Topics will include institutional stewardship; navigating the antiquarian marketplace for cultural materials; how to  assess the aesthetic, market, and research value of potential acquisitions; and the roles of dealer, donor and collector in the enterprise of collecting and preserving historical documentation. The week will feature a combination of lectures, discussions, case-studies, research exercises, and hands-on practical evaluation of materials.

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Tom Congalton, Johan Kugelberg, and Katherine Reagan co-teach this course.

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Tom Congalton

Tom Congalton founded Between the Covers Rare Books with his wife Heidi in 1985; the firm specializes in twentieth-century American books. He served as President of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America from 2000 to 2002, and as President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) from 2012 to 2014.

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Johan Kugelberg

Johan Kugelberg has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. entertainment and art industries. From 1990 to 1994, he was the General Manager for Atlantic Records subsidiary Matador Records. He was the curator of the punk/rock sale at Christie’s in 2008, the first major auction sale devoted to punk. In addition, he has served as a curator and consultant in pop culture fields for auction houses including Christie’s and Phillips De Pury. As an archivist, he has created comprehensive collections in the fields of punk, hip hop, and counter culture, focusing on printed works, ephemera, photography, and book arts. Currently, he is the owner and curator of Boo-Hooray, a gallery and project space in Manhattan.

Over his career Johan has curated over 20 exhibits and written 18 published books, including Vintage Rock T-shirtsTrue Norwegian Black MetalBorn in the BronxThe Velvet Underground: New York ArtBeauty is in the Street and Punk: An Aesthetic. His book on the early history of hip hop was nominated for the NYPL Books for the Teen Age award 2008, and his book on the Velvet Underground won the Foreword silver medal for music 2010. Beauty Is in the Street was nominated for the London Design Museum 2012 Designs of the Year Awards.

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Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan is Ernest Stern ‘56 Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts and Assistant Director for Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. She was Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries (a division of theAmerican Library Association) in 2004–05.

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