A panel of lawyers, scholars, librarians, and bookdealers addressed the issue of book thefts and other questions.
Whose responsibility is it to police the world of books? What do stories of the theft and breaking of books have to tell us about the economics of our cultural heritage?
A panel of lawyers, scholars, librarians, and book dealers addressed these and other questions in this symposium scheduled to coincide with the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair. DECLARED LOST strove to foster dialogue about books, theft, trade, and cultural heritage.
In the afternoon, attendees were invited to a special tour of the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library, given by Curator of Manuscripts, Earle Havens. Mr. Havens drew special attention to collections that have suffered losses and thefts before coming to the Boston Public Library, including the personal library of John Adams, and the library of Thomas Prince, two of the earliest and largest private library collections in America, as well as the personal manuscript collection of Mellen Chamberlain, Librarian of the Boston Public Library, 1878-90.
Members of the panel: