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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 5

HENRY CHAPMAN LIBRARY REMNANTS FOLLOWUP

Charles Davis writes: "Bob Vail's account of the Henry Chapman
Library discovery published in the latest issue of Penny Wise
has probably resulted in a number of phone calls to the Art
Department of the Philadelphia Free Library from EAC members
hoping to view or acquire some of the holdings.

Bob should have continued the story by noting that he contacted
me and I was able to obtain the library, and it was sold at public
auction at the 1997 ANA Convention in Cleveland.  The $100,000
generated was used to set up an endowment for conservation of
needy works in the Free Library's collection.

The Chapman material had laid untouched for over 50 years, hidden
in the Art Department where it was "triple shelved" - eg Chapman
book in the back with an art book in front of it and another art
book in front of that.  As the collection had never been
"accessioned," there was no problem in "de-accessioning it."  Had
it made it to the library's card file, it would no doubt still be
there tied up in bureaucratic red tape."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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