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 nineteenth and twentieth 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.

Course History

Tom Congalton, Johan Kugelberg, and Katherine Reagan co-teach this course.
Susan M. Allen and William P. Barlow, Jr. co-teach a precursor course, "Donors and Libraries" (L-55).
William P. Barlow, Jr. teaches a precursor course, "Special Collections Friends and Relations."

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  • Tom Congalton
  • Johan Kugelberg
  • Katherine Reagan

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 30 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 and a marketing and A&R executive for Def American Records from 1994 to 1997. 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, an archival processing company and project space in Manhattan. To date, Boo-Hooray has placed more than 120 archives with museums and university libraries around the world.

Over his career Johan has curated more than 100 exhibits and written 42 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.

Johan has lectured and taught at Yale, Cornell, University of Wisconsin, Emory, UVA, Pace, Concordia University Montreal, Ohio State and MOMA PS1.

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Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan is Ernest L. Stern ‘56 Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts for Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. She was Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) in 2005–06. She teaches book history for Cornell University’s Department of Literatures in English and serves on the faculties of Rare Book School and the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

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