Vintage Books Donated to Scholarly Libraries
When Dr. Mary Ryder joined Books to Benefit in 2016, she had her work cut out for her. Boxes of untouched vintage books littered the storeroom. Even though these books were available for sale, they sat in boxes for over two years. Dr. Ryder, with preservation gloves, judiciously unboxed these books, pouring over the pages and researching market value.
Within the collection, she found several books valued by her fellow scholars. After gaining approval from the Books to Benefit Board of Directors, she contacted these colleagues offering to donate books in exchange for donor recognition on behalf of Books to Benefit. Several of the libraries responded with cash donations.
- The Webb Institute at Glen Cove, New York to the attention of Director of Humanities Dr. Richard which received WWI history and fiction
- Illinois Wesleyan University’s Ames Library in Bloomington, Illinois which received women’s studies material
- Illinois State University’s Milner Library in Normal, Illinois which received a textbook by sociology professor Dr. Kimmamon
- The Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana which received donated books by General Lew Wallace’s wife
- Walter Havighurst Collection, University Library Miami, University of Ohio which received books by Walter Havighurst, a Midwestern writer
- Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois which received poetry from author and former creative writing staff Daniel Smythe
- South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota which received a biography of Buffalo Bill Cody
- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to the attention of Cheryl Birkelo which received a book from the Gene Stratton-Porter collection
Note: If you don’t know who Gene Stratton-Porter is, take a peek at the vintage wall display at Books to Benefit to learn more.
Special thanks to Dr. Ryder with help from Ginny Schmult for the dedication in saving these precious books.