Treasures from the Hargrove Music Library

The 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair took place at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco from 11 through 13 February 2011.  The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America invited the Hargrove Music Library to install a special exhibit for the duration of the fair.  Images of most exhibit items can be viewed at  They are also linked to from the Hargrove Music Library’s collections page at

The display of these rarities was made possible by the Library’s Preservation Department, whose conservators (Emily Ramos, Hannah Tashjian, and Erika Lindensmith) conducted physical review of all items to be displayed. They made minor repairs when needed, constructed enclosures to facilitate safe transport, fashioned custom-fitted book cradles, and trained John Shepard and SJSU intern John Smalley in proper installation methods.  The exhibit was enhanced by beautifully formatted captions produced by Aisha Hamilton, the Doe & Moffitt Libraries’ Exhibits and Environmental Graphics Coordinator.

Our congratulations to John Shepard for his leadership in organizing this stellar exhibit and to everyone who helped ensure its success.

 Best, Bernie