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Ernest James Wessen Collection
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
3.2 cu. ft. in 9 boxes 1961-1968
Provenance: This small collection of letters written by Ernest James Wessen was purchased by the Ohio University Libraries in 1985 from the Ohio Bookhunter. The collection was inventoried in April of 1985.
Property Rights: The Ohio University Libraries owns the property rights to this collection.
Copyrights: Although it is assumed that no copyrights or literary rights are held by other parties, responsibility for verification rests with the researcher and publisher.
Access: This collection is available for use under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Libraries.
Photoduplication: The library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.
Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name, collection number and Ohio University Libraries in all footnotes and bibliographic references.
Related Materials: There is a copy of a book writen by Ernest J. Wessen entitled "Ernest J. Wessen and Jim Scott: a correspondence" in the Alden Archives Ohioana collection. The call number is: Z473. W4 E7 1987x.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION
Ernest J. Wessen is remembered as a superbly knowing, if sometimes irascible, antiquarian book dealer, whose particular interest lay in America. His catalogs, MIDLAND NOTES, represent models of their kind, combining scholarships and humor. A complete and bound collection of MIDLAND NOTES may be found in the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Library.
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
Nearly all of these letters are addressed to Paul A. Lundgren, who served Mr. Wessen as a book scout. The letters are simply good reading; they are those of a strong willed teacher and mentor, sometimes scolding, sometimes encouraging. Of particular interest is Wessen's repeated emphasis on the importance of ephemeral, the pamphlet or broadside so likely to be thrown away.
The earliest letter addressed to Paul A. Lundgren is dated December 30, 1961; the last letter is dated September 2, 1968.
Also included in the collection is an envelope containing detailed biographical information on Wessen himself.
CONTAINER LISTS FOR THE COLLECTION
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