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Rostenberg & Stern Rare Books records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2513

Scope and Contents note

Contains materials related to the works and publications of Rostenberg and Stern. Includes typescripts, edited copies, and final manuscripts of several books, book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and articles. Topics range from rare book collecting and early printing to Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman. Contains newspaper articles consulted in their research. Also included are audio tapes of lectures given and correspondence with publishers, editors, and personal friends.

Dates

  • 1950-2002

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Leona Rostenberg & Madeline Stern Rare Books papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern have been partners in their New York antiquarian book business for almost 60 years, with Rostenberg starting the firm in 1944 and Stern joining as a partner in 1945. They specialize in early printed material, having written over 25 books and editing another 20. Several are devoted to the works of Louisa May Alcott, many of which were written pseudonymously. The two were early members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, with Rostenberg serving as its President from 1972-1974.

Extent

4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

Contains materials related to the works and publications of Rostenberg and Stern. Includes typescripts, edited copies, and final manuscripts of several books, book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and articles. Topics range from rare book collecting and early printing to Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman. Contains newspaper articles consulted in their research. Also included are audio tapes of lectures given and correspondence with publishers, editors, and personal friends.

Arrangement note

Carton 1: Works on Louisa May Alcott and miscellaneous materials (book reviews, audio tapes, and encyclopedia entries) written by Stern Carton 2: Materials related to the writing and publishing of New Worlds In Old Books and Books Have Their Fates (Rostenberg & Stern) Carton 3: Materials related to the writing and publishing From Revolution to Revolution: Perspectives on Publishing and Bookselling, Bookends, and Louisa May Alcott: Signature of Reform. Carton 4: Works on Louisa May Alcott Box 1: Works on Louisa May Alcott.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2513.xml

Custodial History note

Materials donated by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern, creators, to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University, in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern; 2002.

Appraisal note

This collection fulfills the desire of the University to collect material related to antiquarian academia.

Processing Information note

Processed; Taylor M. Dix; October 2003.
Title
Register of the Rostenberg & Stern Rare Books records
Status
Completed
Author
Taylor M. Dix
Date
October 2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States