CHERNOFSKY, JACOB. AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Records
Guide to the Chernofsky AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Weekly Records
Chernofsky AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Records
7 boxes ; 7 linear feet
Vertical file and audiocassette tape interviews collected and used by Jacob Chernofsky for the publication.
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[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.
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.
AB bookman's weekly
Chernofsky, Ellen, 1927-
Chernofsky, Jacob L.
Malkin, Solomon M., -1986
R.R. Bowker Company
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.
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.
Available in repository