Crimes Against Books: a program at the Grolier Club

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Thu, 2/2/2017
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Begins at 6:00 PM

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Speaker(s): Professor Travis McDade

When thinking about the peaceful and serene environment in a library, things like organized crime, special investigators, and covert sting operations don't immediately spring to mind. But it turns out that public and university libraries have a long history of being the targets of heists by gangster-types, often masterminded by crooked booksellers. Professor Travis McDade, interim head of the U of I Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is the country’s foremost expert on crimes against rare books, maps, documents, and other printed cultural heritage resources. He has written several books on the subject, including one in 2013 about a decades-long rare book operation in Depression-era New York City: Thieves of Book Row: New York’s Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Ended It. This evening, he'll tell us the story of Bob Kindred, who had been successfully stealing materials from libraries across the country for years during the 1970s, and what happened when he decided to make the University of Illinois Library his next victim.....


Cost: $25.00

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Contact(s): Kelly Belford

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