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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO
OF THE AUTRY WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM
In the winter of 1989, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage’s Research Center acquired the personal collection of the late Fred Rosenstock, the noted Denver book dealer, publisher, and bibliophile. The collection includes some 35,000 volumes of rare and fine editions, together with manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other special materials, most of which relate to the history of the Transmississippi West. The Rosenstock collection came to us with a full reference library, including a wide range of volumes relating to historical bibliography and the history of books and printing. We are now making those volumes with duplicate titles, and those titles which fall outside the museum’s collection area, available for purchase. The titles offered for sale have never formed part of the institution’s accessioned, or permanent collection, and we are pleased to be able to make them available to you.
The bulk of the Rosenstock collection is particularly strong in Western Americana (especially Colorado, Texas, and Native Americans). The proceeds from the auction will go to the museum’s library acquisition fund. In this way, the museum will be able to continually build upon the Rosenstock collection and further develop the Research Center’s focus on the history and cultures of the American West, and the ways in which the West has been portrayed in art, fiction, western melodramas, wild West shows, rodeo, music, radio, motion pictures, television, advertising, and other creative forms. We know that you will enjoy this auction and continue to support the museum’s efforts as we strive to preserve, study, and interpret the history of the American West.
And, as always, we are indebted to the late Gene Autry and his wife Jackie for their support and wise decision to acquire the Rosenstock Collection benefiting the museum’s Research Center.
John L. Gray
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