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30 September 2009 @ 11:12 am
I would like to meet this person; he sounds fascinating  
For Sale: A Truly Academic Collection

From the article:
Growing up, Richard A. Yanikoski didn't much care for books, but you wouldn't know it today. He now has a vast collection—including some 3,000 volumes on higher education.


He pulls one of his best finds off the shelf and taps it affectionately: At a charity book sale in Chicago, among the supermarket paperbacks and Reader's Digest condensed editions, he spotted a first edition of The Elements of Moral Science, by the Rev. Francis Wayland, president of Brown University in the mid-1800s. The book is based on lectures Mr. Wayland gave to seniors in a seminar he taught, a typical undertaking for college presidents at the time. Hardcovers cost one dollar a piece at the sale, but Mr. Yanikoski tried to talk the cashier into letting him pay more. He offered her $5—he was a graduate student, after all—but she would not accept it: "She looked at me and said, 'The price is one dollar. If you don't pay one dollar, put it back in the box.'"


He joined the college debate team. "I was the least accomplished speaker but the most accomplished researcher," he says. Stonehill went up against competitors from big-city colleges with larger libraries. Mr. Yanikoski had to be creative in his research, and talked his way into other area libraries. "Librarians know of all these secret resources," he says, so while at Chicago he took library-science courses to learn those secrets. Not only did he learn how to find information, and quickly, in one of the courses he met his future wife, Wendy, who became a professional librarian.


Mr. Yanikoski and his wife will move to the small town of Vevay, Ind., a home they chose, characteristically, after lots of research. They've bought a big, early-19th-century house. His first instinct was to sell his whole collection before the move, but his wife persuaded him to wait. So he has already packed up part of the library and moved it to Vevay.

He would prefer to sell the whole collection to a single buyer, perhaps a college that only recently began a program in higher education. If that doesn't work out, he says, he may parcel it out by topic and sell it in chunks.

But that doesn't mean Mr. Yanikoski is finished keeping a library. He'll hold on to the woodworking books he has gathered over the years. It's a smaller collection—only 500 volumes.
Gretchenwren08 on October 1st, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
He sounds like me... different topics though.