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Rosenstock, Fred A., 1895-



  • Existence: 1895 - 1986


Fred A. Rosenstock (1895-1986) was a prominent collector and dealers of art and books in the twentieth century American West.

Fred Asher Rosenstock was born November 29, 1895 to a Jewish family in Biala Potol, Austria, and was named Selig Usher Rosenstock. At the age of nine he immigrated with his family to America where he took the name Fred Asher Rosenstock. The family settled in Rochester, New York.

Rosenstock's youth was spent in Rochester. Following his elementary schooling, Fred entered secretarial training where he became extremely proficient in shorthand. He entered the army in 1917 and served during World War I as a stenographer to the Surgeon General of the United States Army in Washington, D.C. Following his release from the army in 1919, Fred was employed in Wahington, D. C., in an advertising firm, but his health began to fail as a result of the severe Washington D.C. climate. He was advised by his doctor to go to a drier climate such as Arizona or California.

In 1920, he boarded a train for California, but due to the untimely loss of his glasses, he was forced to stop in Denver until he could procure a new pair. After a week's stay in the "Mile-High City," Rosenstock determined not to proceed on to California, but to make Colorado his permanent home. In Denver, while pursuing his interest in business, he frequented bookstores as he had done from his youth, adding to a growing collection in the fields of history and literature. In 1922, he opened his own bookstore. As a bookman, he specialized in literary first editions, school books, selected books of general interest, and Western Americana. He was able to locate original diaries and manuscript collections of considerable historical treasures, which led him into the publishing business. Rosenstock married Francis Goodman, a native of Denver, born April 19, 1905. During all the years in the book business in Denver, Francis was a full partner in business and collecting ventures, working in the bookstore side by side with Fred.

Fred's Old West Publishing Company became a trademark for source materials relating to the history of the West as well as for fine workmanship in printing, illustrating, and binding. Rosenstock himself, through personal drive and study, became a nationally recognzied scholar in the field of Western Americana. Rosenstock assisted hundreds of Western historians and authors in their attempts to secure historical information and background data to help them describe and accurately convey the spirit of the West.

Rosenstock also developed an interest for western art and began a serious collection of the works of Charles M. Russell and other western artists. In 1976, two weeks after the sale of his book stock to a firm in Lincoln, Nebraska, not being content with retirement, Rosenstock opened a gallery of western art.

Brigham Young University Library's association with Fred A. Rosenstock commenced in 1953. Director of Libraries, S. Lyman Tyler, began to call at the Bargain Bookstore and make a few selections in the field of Western Americana and Mormonism. It was in discussions with Fred Rosenstock that Tyler became aware that Rosenstock planned to dispose of all his general books except Americana. As they became friends and as a new library building was under construction at BYU, Rosenstock proposed that BYU acquire his general stock. In 1961, his collection of literary first editiions and over 100,000 volumes from his general stock were acquired by BYU's Harold B. Lee Library.

From this time on Fred Rosenstock became a major source in the growth of the BYU Library. A close personal relationship developed between the Rosenstocks, Lyman Tyler, and Dean Larsen. Rosenstock began to give the BYU Library first refusal on all items he acquired and also began to make selections from his personal library in his home. He also began a practice of making periodic gifts to the Library. In August 1961, Rosenstock was invited to serve on the Council of the Friends of the Library.

In recognition of his expertise in the book world and for his significant contributions to the historical record of Western Americana and the development of the BYU Library, Fred A. Rosenstock was awared the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, at BYU commencement exercises held on May 28, 1971.

The Rosenstocks were the parents of one daughter: Marilyn. Francis died in Denver on July 31, 1972. After the death of Francis, Fred remained active in the business until he had a stoke in 1984. He died in Denver, February 15, 1986, at the age of 90.

Small miracles in my life as a book hunter, 1965:t.p. (Fred A. Rosenstock)

LC database, 1/28/94(hdg.: Rosenstock, Fred, 1895-; usage: Fred Rosenstock)

RLIN, 1/28/94(hdg.: Rosenstock, Fred, 1895-; Rosenstock, Fred A.; usage: Fred A. Rosenstock; Fred Rosenstock)

Findagrave, Aug. 22, 2018:Fred Asher Rosenstock (b. Nov. 20, 1895; d. Feb. 15, 1986) -

Found in 44 Collections and/or Records:

Art dealer business records, 1940-1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2265 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and other material relating to Fred A. Rosenstock's art dealer business, dated from 1940 to 1985

Dates: 1940-1985

Bargain Bookstore and book collecting business records, 1921-1984

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2265 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains business correspondence, invoices, and other material relating to Fred A. Rosenstock's Bargain Bookstore, dated from 1921-1984.

Dates: 1921-1984

Bill Conrad magazine article

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230312511]
Identifier: MSS SC 1425
Scope and Contents

March 19, 1978 issue of "Westworld" magazine containing an article about Fred A. Rosenstock.

Dates: 1978 March 19

Herbert M. Evans letter to Fred A. Rosenstock

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233292819]
Identifier: Vault MSS 720
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter addressed to Fred A. Rosenstock of Denver, Colorado. Evans requests catalogs from Rosenstock on Western Americana.

Dates: 1934

Ferris and Lovejoy family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1505
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal documents, genealogy, memorabilia, poetry, and literary manuscripts of Warren Angus Ferris (1810-1873); his mother, Sarah Gray Ferris Lovejoy (1785-1964); stepfather, Joshua Lovejoy (1771-1824); brother-in-law, American painter Lars Gustaf Sellstedt; and other family members. Includes also papers and correspondence regarding W.A. Ferris and his work by Walter McCausland and Fred Rosenstock.

Dates: 1771-1964

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of city mayors' papers, 1797 March 10

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 3
Scope and Contents note

Philadelphia - Hillary Baker: Indentures between John Evans of Virginia and Daniel Russell of Massachusetts is witnessed and signed by Baker, 3/10/1797.

Dates: Other: 1797 March 10

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of District of Columbia records, 1804 April 26

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 9
Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous: An affidavit by Uriah Forrest, the clerk of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, concerning William Crauch, esq.

Dates: Other: 1804 April 26

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of explorers and traders' papers, 1780-1835, 1942

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 8
Scope and Contents note

Material of Arch Carroll, Jacque Clamorgan, Meriweather Lewis Clarke, the Chouteau family, Wilson Price Hunt, Simon Kent, Manuel Lisa, James McKay, William Elias Rector, Moses Tenant, and Israel Thompson (correspondence, legal documents, receipts and bills of sale, indentures, account inventories, trade licenses, wills, bonds, pamphlets, etc).

Dates: Other: 1780-1835; Other: 1942

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of historians' papers, undated

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 4
Scope and Contents note

George Bancroft: Historian and diplomat. A letter to his nephew.

Dates: Other: undated

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of Illinois records, 1784-1935

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 10
Scope and Contents note

Affidavits and depositions, intelligence, bills of sale, monetary transactions and receipts, bonds, court summons, indentures, deeds, land transactions and mortgages, letters of complaint, petitions and plans for the construction of public roads and buildings, promissory notes, public appointments, elections, and minutes of legislature, and miscellaneous papers, holographs and printed material.

Dates: Other: 1784-1935

Additional filters:

Archival Object 29
Collection 15
Politics, Government, and Law 25
Fur trade 24
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Illinois 24
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Missouri 24
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Virginia 24
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Legal documents -- Illinois 24
Legal documents -- Missouri 24
Legal documents -- Virginia 24
Roads -- Illinois 24
Slavery -- United States 24
Subject term Elections -- Virginia 24
Territorial Government 24
Letters 16
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 5
Publishers and Publishing 5
Correspondence 4
Material Types 4
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 3
Colleges and Universities 3
Education 3
Legal instruments 3
Business records 2
Drafts (Documents) 2
Literature 2
Portraits 2
Antiquarian booksellers -- Colorado -- Denver -- Biography 1
Articles 1
Artists -- West (U.S.) 1
Authors, American -- 19th century 1
Authors, American -- 20th century 1
Authors, English 1
Authors, English -- 19th century 1
Authors, English -- 20th century 1
Autographs 1
Book collectors 1
Book collectors -- Colorado -- Denver -- Biography 1
Book industries and trade -- Colorado -- Denver -- History 1
Book industries and trade -- United States -- History 1
Book of Mormon 1
Books 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1
Civil Procedure and Courts 1
Editors -- Great Britain 1
Editors -- United States 1
Embryologists -- California -- Berkeley -- Correspondence 1
Envelopes (Stationery) 1
Expeditions and Adventure 1
Explorers -- Canada -- Correspondence 1
Fine Arts 1
Genealogies 1
Governors -- Canada 1
Historiography 1
Immigration and American Expansion 1
Indian reservations -- Southwest, New 1
Indians of North America 1
Indians of North America -- History 1
Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc. 1
Indians of North America -- Politics and government 1
Librarians -- Colorado -- Correspondence 1
Minutes (Records) 1
Notes 1
Pamphlets 1
Papers (Documents) 1
Photographs 1
Poetry -- Manuscripts 1
Politicians -- Great Britain 1
Politicians -- United States 1
Polynesia -- History 1
Printers -- Illinois -- Correspondence 1
Rare books -- West (U.S.) -- History -- Sources 1
Reports 1
Rocky Mountains -- Description and travel 1
Social History 1
Souvenirs (Keepsakes) 1
Trappers' writings, American -- Rocky Mountains 1
United States -- Genealogy 1
Utah -- History 1
Water rights -- Southwest, New 1
Watercolors (Paintings) 1
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