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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:

Old West Publishing Company records, 1940-1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2265 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and book relating to Fred A. Rosenstock's Old West Publishing Company, dated from 1940 to 1985.

Dates: 1940-1985

Personal and general correspondence, 1915-1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2265 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains personal and general correspondence of Fred A. Rosenstock and other material dated from 1915 to 1985.

Dates: 1915-1985

William F. Reese portrait of Fred A. Rosenstock

 Item — Oversize-folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239127365]
Identifier: MSS 9634
Scope and Contents

Watercolor portrait of Fred Rosenstock by William F. Reese, dated 1981. The portrait is 12 x 10 inches, and the back of the painting is labeled and dated, with a stamp showing the signature of painter and sculptor William F. Reese.

Dates: 1981

Fred A. Rosenstock autograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 2
Scope and Contents Autographs, correspondence, portraits, and envelopes. Most of the materials were donated by Fred Rosenstock to Brigham Young University, but some were acquired from different sources. Many of the items were originally gathered by Barton Orville Aylesworth, a biographer and an autograph collector in Fort Collins, Colorado.Contains autographs, correspondence, portraits, and envelopes. Most of the items were originally gathered by Barton Orville Aylesworth, a biographer and an...
Dates: 1800-1950

Fred A. Rosenstock collection

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239256172]
Identifier: MSS 2265
Scope and Contents Contains records of the personal life and business career of Fred A. Rosenstock, a prominent collector/dealers of art and books of the twentieth century American West. A large percentage of the papers are routine, especially the early business files, but the letters of individuals prominent in the fields of Western art and books. Names such as J. Frank Dobie and Ramon Adams occur regularly in the later files. The bulk of the papers document Rosenstock's years as a book collector and the...
Dates: 1915-1985

Fred A. Rosenstock collection of Canadian papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230241397]
Identifier: MSS SC 433
Scope and Contents

Handwritten legal documents originating with the Court of King's Bench, Province of Lower Canada, District of Montreal and with private individuals.

Dates: 1820-1830

Fred A. Rosenstock letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230323419]
Identifier: MSS SC 2393
Scope and Contents

Typewritten and signed letter addressed to Charles Loughridge of Denver, Colorado and dated 18 Oct. 1926. Rosenstock offers a a complete set of four folios of the works of William Shakespeare published in 1623, 1632, 1663-4, and 1685 for the price of $47,500. In the letter Rosenstock describes the items to be sold.

Dates: 1926 October 26

Fred A. Rosenstock papers

Identifier: MSS 1448

The collection includes various manuscripts acquired by Rosenstock of Denver, Colorado and sold as a group to the library. They come primarily from the eastern and mid-western United States and include diverse legal, personal, business, land and monetary transaction records originating with federal, state and local government officials and private citizens.

Dates: 1774-1935

S. Lyman Tyler professional papers, 1949-1979

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 614 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains research and reference files, notes, drafts, minutes, correspondence, and other materials produced by Tyler during his career at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. Includes information on Native American tribes, environmental issues, historiography, and Utah history. Also includes administrative records related to Utah educational and historical institutions. Materials date from between 1949 and 1979.

Dates: 1949-1979

S. Lyman Tyler research on Native American water rights, approximately 1972

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 614 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains research material and other files on Southwest Indian land and water rights, including copies of articles and books, court cases, legislation, treaties and other government documents, correspondence, and reports.

Dates: approximately 1972

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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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