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Michael Inman, “A Long Road Home: Investigation and Recovery in the E. Forbes Smiley Map Thefts”

decoration14 April 2011

Accounts of high-profile library thefts tend to focus on the more sensationalistic aspects of the crimes. Less frequently discussed are the actions an institution must undertake to ensure that stolen materials are identified, located, and repatriated. Using the recent E. Forbes Smiley map thefts as a case study, Michael Inman, curator of Rare Books at The New York Public Library, will discuss the theft recovery process, from identifying purloined collection items and assigning ownership to dealing with law enforcement and insurance carriers. Particular attention will be paid to the important role that bibliography and cataloging plays in the recovery process.

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DATE
14 April 2011
ADDRESS
523 Butler Library
CITY
New York
( UNITED STATES )
ORGANIZED BY
Book History Colloquium at Columbia University
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