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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:

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of slavery records, 1802-1913

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 7
Scope and Contents note

Copy of House Bill #919, "An act providing for an exhibition and celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the emanciaption of the Negro," but primarily material regarding the sales, deaths, emancipations, etc. of slaves in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, and unknown locations.

Dates: Other: 1802-1913

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of South Carolina records, 1785 July 8

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 19
Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous(1 item): Elizabeth Bishop seeks to collect £260.00 from Benjamin Brown. 7/8/1785.

Dates: Other: 1785 July 8

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of Tennessee records, 1810 November 14, 1796 October 25

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 20
Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous(2 items): List of questions to be asked of William Hankin in behalf of the defendent Isaac Pierce. 10/25/1796. Land title #2992 granted by the state of Tennessee to Jacob Tussey. 11/14/1810.

Dates: Other: 1810 November 14; Other: 1796 October 25

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of United States Governors and Lieutenant Governors' signed papers, 1784-1932

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains material from territorial leadership of Georgia (William Schley), Illinois (Zenon Trudeau, Phillippe Francois de Rastel Chavalier de Rocheblave, Pierre Menare), Kentucky (James Garrand), Louisiana (William Charles Cole Claiborne, Henry S. Johnson), Massachusetts (John Davis, Missouri (Austin A. King, Lilburn W. Boggs), Ohio (Thomas Corwin), Tennessee (William Blount Graiger, William C. Brownlow), and Virginia (Benjamin Harrison, Robert William, James Pleasants, Joseph Johnson,...
Dates: Other: 1784-1932

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of United States Presidents' signed papers, 1802-1917

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 1
Scope and Contents note

Contains six items from John Quincy Adams, Aaron Burr, James Monroe, and Woodrow Wilson.

Dates: Other: 1802-1917

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of Virginia records, 1774-1863

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 21
Scope and Contents note

Bonds, court summons, depositions, indentures, promissory notes, public appointments, and miscellaneous papers (receipts, court orders and declarations, etc).

Dates: Other: 1774-1863

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of Wisconsin records, undated

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 22
Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous(1 item): A xerox copy of an affidavit given in court. Concerns legal dispute between John W. Archer, plaintiff and James J. Stacey and John Call, defendents.

Dates: Other: undated

Fred A. Rosenstock collection on the law partners of Abraham Lincoln, 1789-1834

Identifier: MSS 1448 Series 5
Scope and Contents note

Material of Jesse Head, John Todd Stuart, and Stephen Trigg Logan (settlements, receipts and bills of sale, affidavits and depositions, bonds, law suits, etc.)

Dates: Other: 1789-1834

Willis Carl Jackson letter to Fred A. Rosenstock

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233292652]
Identifier: Vault MSS 717
Scope and Contents

Typed and signed letter addressed to Fred A. Rosenstock of Denver Colorado. Jackson informs Rosenstock that he is giving him two items that look "interesting for Western Americana."

Dates: 1965

Douglas C. McMurtrie letter to Fred A. Rosenstock

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233292637]
Identifier: Vault MSS 718
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter addressed to Fred A. Rosenstock of Denver, Colorado. McMurtrie requests a catalog from Rosenstock and asks to be put on a mailing list.

Dates: 1934

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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