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The Ghosts of
Librarians Past
Researching Library Provenance in
Special Collections & Rare Books
Kelli Hansen
Special Collections Librarian
University of Missouri Libraries
@BiblioKelli
Provenance
• Archives:
• Chain of custody
• Respect des fonds
• Museums:
• Legality of ownership
• Looting, trafficking,
repatriation
• Libraries?
Chapter 1:
Lambach Abbey
Gottschalk Antiphonary, Beinecke MS 481.51
Lambach Abbey, late 12th century
Priscianus minor,
University of Missouri,
Ellis Library, Special
Collections, RARE RES
PA6624.A4 1150
Lambach Abbey, mid- to late
12th century
Missouri
Lambach
Library stamp of
Lambach Abbey
From University of
Pennsylvania Libraries
LatC Ov403 Ei7 1518
Bookplate of Sir Joseph Radcliffe,
2nd baronet (1799-1872)
Bought Rudding Park in 1824
From Priscianus minor, Special
Collections and Rare Books, University
of Missouri Libraries, RARE RES
PA6624.A4 1150
Chapter 2:
An Early Academic Library?
Ezra in the Codex Amiatinus, believed to
be based on a portrait of Cassiodorus in
his library. Monkwearmouth-Jarrow
Abbey, before 716.
Chained library configurations
included:
• Shelved vertically, fore-edge
out (chain attached at the
fore-edge)
• Shelved flat under a lectern
(chain attached at the tail of
front or back board)
• Shelved flat on a reading
desk (chain attached at the
head of the back board)
Zutphen Chained Library
Books stored on reading desks, chained at the head of the back board.
Martin Luther (1483-1546). Kirchen
Postilla, das ist, Auslegung der
Episteln und Evangelien an
Sontagen und furnemesten Festen
durchs gantze Jar. Sampt iren
Registern welche auffs new
obersehen und mit vleis gebessert
sind. Wittemberg : Gedruckt durch
Hans Lufft, 1575.
University of Missouri, Ellis Library,
Special Collections and Rare Books,
Rare Folio BX8067.L4 L87 1575
1595 Donation Inscription
Dorfkirche Löben
Chapter 3.
Early Circulating Libraries
Prout, William, 1785-1850.
Chemistry, meteorology, and the
function of digestion :
considered with reference to
natural theology. London : W.
Pickering, 1834.
Special Collections and Rare
Books, University of Missouri
Libraries, Rare BL175 .P76 1834
Circulation label from a nineteenth-
century book society.
Harvard University, Houghton Library
AC8.C7863.827rb
Circulation list for a nineteenth-
century book society.
In Things by their right names :
a novel, in two volumes / by a
person without a name [Frances
Jacson, 1754-1842]. London :
Printed for George Robinson,
1812.
University of Missouri, Ellis
Library, Special Collections and
Rare Books, Rare PR4821.J28
T45 1812b.
Wrapping Up
Image Credits
Chapter 1: Lambach Abbey
• Lambach Abbey: image cc Thomas Ledl.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambach_Abbey#/media/File:L
ambach_Stift_Eingang.jpg
• Map: courtesy Google Maps
• Gottschalk Antiphonal: image courtesy Yale University
Libraries. No known copyright restrictions. http://brbl-
dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3432952
• Priscianus minor manuscript, open: image courtesy Special
Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries.
Taken by the author.
• Lambach library catalog: image from [Felix Resch OSB],
Handschriften-Katalog des Stiftes Lambach (handschriftlich),
[Lambach, 2. Hälfte 18. Jh.], 65. Via
http://www.manuscripta.at/_scripts/php/digi_books.php?ca
t=resch&page_fn=B065
• Priscianus minor manuscript, binding: image courtesy Special
Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries.
Available at Digital Scriptorium:
http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/RARERESPA6624.A41150_45
• Lambach binding: image courtesy University of Pennsylvania.
http://dorpdev.library.upenn.edu/rbs-
omeka/items/show/17
• Stamp from the library of the Benediktinerstift Lambach,
Provenance Online Project, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/58558794@N07/564112811
0/in/photostream/
Chapter 2: An Early Academic Library
• Photos of chained binding courtesy of Special Collections and Rare
Books, University of Missouri Libraries. Taken by the author.
• Monk in scriptorium: Ezra in the Codex Amiatinus, believed to be
based on a portrait of Cassiodorus in his library. Monkwearmouth-
Jarrow Abbey, before 716. Public domain image via Wikimedia
Commons,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptorium#/media/File:Meister_des
_Codex_Amiatus_001.jpg
• The Chained Library. Hereford Cathedral (undated). Postcard.
Image by Flickr user pellethepoet, CC-BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet/6025469004/
• Press with chained book in the Library of Cesena, Italy; original
drawing has caption "part of a bookcase at Cesena to shew the
system of chaining.” via Wikimedia Commons,
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Milkau_B%C3%BCchersch
rank_mit_angekettetem_Buch_aus_der_Bibliothek_von_Cesena_1
09-2.jpg
• Zutphen: Chained Library by medievalfragments, CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0,
via Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/medievalfragments/8753560354/i
n/photostream/
• Photos of chained binding courtesy of Special Collections and Rare
Books, University of Missouri Libraries. Taken by the author.
• “Dorfkirche Löben” by LutzBruno, CC BY-SA 3.0, via WikiMedia
Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kirche_in_L%C3%B6ben_
1.JPG
Image Credits
Chapter 3: Early Circulating Libraries
• “Literary Reunion in Mr. Mudie’s New Hall,” From, 'The
London Illustrated News', 29th December, 1860,
p.619. Image courtesy Wellcome Images via Wikimedia
Commons,
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mr._Mudies_New_
Hall,_London_Illustrated_News_Wellcome_L0029532.jpg
• Bull’s Public Library ticket on spine, image courtesy Special
Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries,
taken by the author.
• Advertisements from “The Academy,” Nov. 13, 1869, p. 12.
Via Google Books,
https://books.google.com/books?id=n_LVAAAAMAAJ&lpg=P
A62
• Advertisement from “Oxford Essays, by Members of the
University,” 1858, p. 18.
https://books.google.com/books?id=m6ACAAAAQAAJ&lpg=P
P36
• Keninghall Book Society image courtesy Houghton Library
blog, Harvard University.
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/houghton/2014/11/26/circulat
ing-libraries/
• Book society circulation list images courtesy Special
Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries,
taken by the author.
Introduction and Conclusion
• Interior of Townsville library, ca. 1948, by State Library of
Queensland. No known copyright restrictions, via Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/8808
717962/
• “Portrett av Hjalmar Pettersen (1856-1928) på sitt kontor,”
by Nasjonalbiblioteket. No known copyright restrictions, via
Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/
9561066959/
• “Past === Prologue” by Noemi Margaret. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0,
via Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crayonbeam/3336847076
• “Universitetsbiblioteket 1850-1913 : søndre del av langsalen
til Fredriksgate” by Nasjonalbiblioteket. No known copyright
restrictions, via Flickr.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/
9493577718/
Selected Bibliography
• Babcock, Robert G. Reconstructing a Medieval Library: Fragments from Lambach. Exhibition catalogue,
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. New Haven: Beinecke Library, 1993.
• Cawelti, Andrea. “Circulating Libraries.” Houghton Library Blog. Harvard University Libraries, 26 Nov. 2014.
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/houghton/2014/11/26/circulating-libraries/.
• Davis, Lisa Fagin. The Gottschalk Antiphonary: Music and Liturgy in Twelfth-Century Lambach. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2000.
• Erickson, Lee. “The Economy of Novel Reading: Jane Austen and the Circulating Library.” Studies in English
Literature, 1500-1900 vol. 30, no. 4 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 573-590. http://www.jstor.org/stable/450560
• Horn, Walter, and Ernest Born. “The Medieval Monastery as a Setting for the Production of Manuscripts.”
Journal of the Walters Art Gallery vol. 44 (1986), pp. 16-47. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20169021
• Peterson, Herman A. “The Genesis of Monastic Libraries.” Libraries & The Cultural Record vol. 45, no. 3 (2010),
pp. 320-332. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25750346
• Purcell, Mark. “The Country House Library Reassess’d: Or, Did the ‘Country House Library’ Ever Really Exist?”
Library History vol. 18 (Nov. 2002), pp. 157-174.
http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/lib.2002.18.3.157
• Sedo, DeNel Rehberg. “An Introduction to Reading Communities: Processes and Formations.” in Reading
Communities from Salons to Cyberspace, ed. DeNel Rehberg Sedo. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp. 1-24.
• Streeter, Burnett Hillman. The Chained Library: A Survey of Four Centuries in the Evolution of the English
Library. New York: Burt Franklin, 1970.
• Weston, Jenny. “The Last of the Great Chained Libraries.” medievalfragments. Turning Over a New Leaf Project,
10 May 2013. https://medievalfragments.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/the-last-of-the-great-chained-libraries/

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The Ghosts of Librarians Past: Researching Library Provenance in Special Collections and Rare Books

  • 1. The Ghosts of Librarians Past Researching Library Provenance in Special Collections & Rare Books Kelli Hansen Special Collections Librarian University of Missouri Libraries @BiblioKelli
  • 2. Provenance • Archives: • Chain of custody • Respect des fonds • Museums: • Legality of ownership • Looting, trafficking, repatriation • Libraries?
  • 4. Gottschalk Antiphonary, Beinecke MS 481.51 Lambach Abbey, late 12th century
  • 5. Priscianus minor, University of Missouri, Ellis Library, Special Collections, RARE RES PA6624.A4 1150 Lambach Abbey, mid- to late 12th century
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  • 8. Library stamp of Lambach Abbey From University of Pennsylvania Libraries LatC Ov403 Ei7 1518
  • 9. Bookplate of Sir Joseph Radcliffe, 2nd baronet (1799-1872) Bought Rudding Park in 1824 From Priscianus minor, Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries, RARE RES PA6624.A4 1150
  • 10. Chapter 2: An Early Academic Library?
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  • 12. Ezra in the Codex Amiatinus, believed to be based on a portrait of Cassiodorus in his library. Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey, before 716.
  • 13. Chained library configurations included: • Shelved vertically, fore-edge out (chain attached at the fore-edge) • Shelved flat under a lectern (chain attached at the tail of front or back board) • Shelved flat on a reading desk (chain attached at the head of the back board)
  • 14. Zutphen Chained Library Books stored on reading desks, chained at the head of the back board.
  • 15. Martin Luther (1483-1546). Kirchen Postilla, das ist, Auslegung der Episteln und Evangelien an Sontagen und furnemesten Festen durchs gantze Jar. Sampt iren Registern welche auffs new obersehen und mit vleis gebessert sind. Wittemberg : Gedruckt durch Hans Lufft, 1575. University of Missouri, Ellis Library, Special Collections and Rare Books, Rare Folio BX8067.L4 L87 1575
  • 19. Prout, William, 1785-1850. Chemistry, meteorology, and the function of digestion : considered with reference to natural theology. London : W. Pickering, 1834. Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries, Rare BL175 .P76 1834
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  • 22. Circulation label from a nineteenth- century book society. Harvard University, Houghton Library AC8.C7863.827rb
  • 23. Circulation list for a nineteenth- century book society. In Things by their right names : a novel, in two volumes / by a person without a name [Frances Jacson, 1754-1842]. London : Printed for George Robinson, 1812. University of Missouri, Ellis Library, Special Collections and Rare Books, Rare PR4821.J28 T45 1812b.
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  • 28. Image Credits Chapter 1: Lambach Abbey • Lambach Abbey: image cc Thomas Ledl. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambach_Abbey#/media/File:L ambach_Stift_Eingang.jpg • Map: courtesy Google Maps • Gottschalk Antiphonal: image courtesy Yale University Libraries. No known copyright restrictions. http://brbl- dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3432952 • Priscianus minor manuscript, open: image courtesy Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries. Taken by the author. • Lambach library catalog: image from [Felix Resch OSB], Handschriften-Katalog des Stiftes Lambach (handschriftlich), [Lambach, 2. Hälfte 18. Jh.], 65. Via http://www.manuscripta.at/_scripts/php/digi_books.php?ca t=resch&page_fn=B065 • Priscianus minor manuscript, binding: image courtesy Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries. Available at Digital Scriptorium: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/RARERESPA6624.A41150_45 • Lambach binding: image courtesy University of Pennsylvania. http://dorpdev.library.upenn.edu/rbs- omeka/items/show/17 • Stamp from the library of the Benediktinerstift Lambach, Provenance Online Project, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/58558794@N07/564112811 0/in/photostream/ Chapter 2: An Early Academic Library • Photos of chained binding courtesy of Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries. Taken by the author. • Monk in scriptorium: Ezra in the Codex Amiatinus, believed to be based on a portrait of Cassiodorus in his library. Monkwearmouth- Jarrow Abbey, before 716. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptorium#/media/File:Meister_des _Codex_Amiatus_001.jpg • The Chained Library. Hereford Cathedral (undated). Postcard. Image by Flickr user pellethepoet, CC-BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet/6025469004/ • Press with chained book in the Library of Cesena, Italy; original drawing has caption "part of a bookcase at Cesena to shew the system of chaining.” via Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Milkau_B%C3%BCchersch rank_mit_angekettetem_Buch_aus_der_Bibliothek_von_Cesena_1 09-2.jpg • Zutphen: Chained Library by medievalfragments, CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/medievalfragments/8753560354/i n/photostream/ • Photos of chained binding courtesy of Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries. Taken by the author. • “Dorfkirche Löben” by LutzBruno, CC BY-SA 3.0, via WikiMedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kirche_in_L%C3%B6ben_ 1.JPG
  • 29. Image Credits Chapter 3: Early Circulating Libraries • “Literary Reunion in Mr. Mudie’s New Hall,” From, 'The London Illustrated News', 29th December, 1860, p.619. Image courtesy Wellcome Images via Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mr._Mudies_New_ Hall,_London_Illustrated_News_Wellcome_L0029532.jpg • Bull’s Public Library ticket on spine, image courtesy Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries, taken by the author. • Advertisements from “The Academy,” Nov. 13, 1869, p. 12. Via Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=n_LVAAAAMAAJ&lpg=P A62 • Advertisement from “Oxford Essays, by Members of the University,” 1858, p. 18. https://books.google.com/books?id=m6ACAAAAQAAJ&lpg=P P36 • Keninghall Book Society image courtesy Houghton Library blog, Harvard University. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/houghton/2014/11/26/circulat ing-libraries/ • Book society circulation list images courtesy Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Missouri Libraries, taken by the author. Introduction and Conclusion • Interior of Townsville library, ca. 1948, by State Library of Queensland. No known copyright restrictions, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/8808 717962/ • “Portrett av Hjalmar Pettersen (1856-1928) på sitt kontor,” by Nasjonalbiblioteket. No known copyright restrictions, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/ 9561066959/ • “Past === Prologue” by Noemi Margaret. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/crayonbeam/3336847076 • “Universitetsbiblioteket 1850-1913 : søndre del av langsalen til Fredriksgate” by Nasjonalbiblioteket. No known copyright restrictions, via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/ 9493577718/
  • 30. Selected Bibliography • Babcock, Robert G. Reconstructing a Medieval Library: Fragments from Lambach. Exhibition catalogue, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. New Haven: Beinecke Library, 1993. • Cawelti, Andrea. “Circulating Libraries.” Houghton Library Blog. Harvard University Libraries, 26 Nov. 2014. http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/houghton/2014/11/26/circulating-libraries/. • Davis, Lisa Fagin. The Gottschalk Antiphonary: Music and Liturgy in Twelfth-Century Lambach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. • Erickson, Lee. “The Economy of Novel Reading: Jane Austen and the Circulating Library.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 vol. 30, no. 4 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 573-590. http://www.jstor.org/stable/450560 • Horn, Walter, and Ernest Born. “The Medieval Monastery as a Setting for the Production of Manuscripts.” Journal of the Walters Art Gallery vol. 44 (1986), pp. 16-47. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20169021 • Peterson, Herman A. “The Genesis of Monastic Libraries.” Libraries & The Cultural Record vol. 45, no. 3 (2010), pp. 320-332. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25750346 • Purcell, Mark. “The Country House Library Reassess’d: Or, Did the ‘Country House Library’ Ever Really Exist?” Library History vol. 18 (Nov. 2002), pp. 157-174. http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/lib.2002.18.3.157 • Sedo, DeNel Rehberg. “An Introduction to Reading Communities: Processes and Formations.” in Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace, ed. DeNel Rehberg Sedo. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp. 1-24. • Streeter, Burnett Hillman. The Chained Library: A Survey of Four Centuries in the Evolution of the English Library. New York: Burt Franklin, 1970. • Weston, Jenny. “The Last of the Great Chained Libraries.” medievalfragments. Turning Over a New Leaf Project, 10 May 2013. https://medievalfragments.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/the-last-of-the-great-chained-libraries/