Participant Driven Session: Underground Collection Development: Strategies for Identifying and Preserving Visionary, Outsider and Outlaw Materials.
Sponsored by: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques LLC
From motorcycle clubs to cyberpunks, humanities researchers have increasingly come to recognize the scholarly potential of 20th-century materials created by visionary, outsider and underground communities. As representatives of major institutions, how can librarians serve the interests of contemporary scholarship in the humanities while remaining sensitive to the lived humanity of artists, writers, and publishers who may not fit the institutional mold? Can dealers help the provocateurs of previous generations partner comfortably with some of the same institutions they may once have criticized, or, indeed, sought to undermine? How can we work together to ensure such materials aren’t lost or scattered to counterculture trophy hunters? What are members of the trade doing right—and getting wrong—as they bring such materials to market?
Kevin Repp, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Julie Herrada, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan
Arthur Fournier, Fournier Fine & Rare;