CHERNOFSKY, JACOB. AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Records
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Guide to the Chernofsky AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Weekly Records

Title: Chernofsky AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Records 

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): 965930540

Dates: 1974-1999

Bulk Dates: 1974-1999

Extent: 7 boxes ; 7 linear feet

Abstract: Vertical file and audiocassette tape interviews collected and used by Jacob Chernofsky for the publication. 

Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation:
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], AB Antiquarian Bookman Weekly Records, 1974-1999, The Grolier Club of New York.
About the Finding Aid: This finding aid was prepared by Sophia Dahab in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, November 2016.

Provenance: Gift of Ellen Chernofsky in December 2015.  This collection was acquired along with a mostly complete run of Publishers’ Weekly bound volumes, 1872-1947, together with a partial run of the Weekly Want List in bound volumes, 1945-1955.  Bound volumes have been cataloged separately.

Access Points: 
AB bookman's weekly
Chernofsky, Ellen, 1927-
Chernofsky, Jacob L.
Malkin, Solomon M., -1986
R.R. Bowker Company

Biographical/Historical Note: AB Bookman’s Weekly began as a column in Publishers’ Weekly before becoming a separate publication in 1948 run by Sol. M. Malkin under the publishing arm of R.R. Bowker.  In 1953 Malkin bought the magazine from Bowker, and AB Bookman’s Weekly grew into a major trade publication featuring not only ‘books wanted’ and ‘books for sale’ lists, but also news and an annual yearbook.  Malkin sold the magazine to Jacob Chernofsky, managing editor, in 1972. Chernofsky and his wife continued publication until 1999.  

Scope and Content Note:
Collection of vertical files and audiocassette tape interviews collected and used by Jacob Chernofsky while serving as managing editor of AB Antiquarian Bookman's Weekly (1972-1999). Includes photographs of booksellers and book collectors and mock-ups for use in the weekly publication. Also includes some correspondence and 85 cassette tapes of audio interviews with notable bibliophiles. The taped interviews date from 1974 to 1992 with the bulk from 1986 to 1992. The audiocassettes were converted to .WAV files by Viteri Multimedia in July 2016 and stored on archival DVDS, which are available for researchers in repository.

Arrangement Note:
Items in the vertical file are in original alphabetical order by name of individual or bookshop. Cassettes are numbered according to a scheme devised by Chernofsky. An index of the taped interviews is available in the repository, including the tape no., name of interviewee, name of associated book shop, interview location, date of interview, and cassette type.

Container List: Available in repository

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