ILAB Provenance Symposium now available to view online
The symposium Who Owned this? Libraries and the Rare Book Trade Consider Issues Surrounding Provenance, Theft and Forgery held on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at The Grolier Club in New York was a great success. The speakers were very good and the audience was really engaged. Many different perspectives on these problematic areas were expressed and it was very clear to the librarians who attended that the antiquarian book trade worldwide really wants to keep building on how we work with libraries, particularly in relation to response to theft.
A big vote of thanks goes to the ABAA and The Grolier Club for their invaluable help.
Today marks the 1st International Provenance Research Day with more than 60 cultural institutions in Germany, Great Britain, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland organizing large number of symposiums and workshops at museums, archives and libraries.
Coinciding with this important initiative, ILAB launches the videos of the New York Provenance Symposium.
Please find a link to all videos of the symposium here.
As Sally Burdon, ILAB President said in her introduction on the day:
“The popular image of an old bookshop with a slightly eccentric bookseller selling books in a shop untidily crammed with books and a computer nowhere in sight, is not the modern reality. Antiquarian books, manuscripts, maps, prints etc. are constantly being traded across international borders. Because of this, identifying and keeping track of stolen items is ever more important and requires immediate response to prevent such items being on sold. The rules and regulations that govern this international market place are becoming ever more complex and difficult to keep up with for everyone involved from libraries, institutions, booksellers and collectors...
Hence the need for this symposium.
We must take steps. Today is one step along the way. There is more that needs to be and must be done. We need to protect these precious materials in public and private libraries and in the stock of antiquarian booksellers. Join us in this important fight!”
For more information about event on today’s International Provenance Research Day, please visit the website here: https://www.arbeitskreis-provenienzforschung.org/