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Library Makes Acquisitions
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sec-
ond in a series of articles on the
Rare Book Room in the General Li-
An individual needs food in order
to grow.
So does a library, though its
nourishment is in the form of new
books for the shelves.
The Rare Book Room has grown
considerably since its inception,
enough in fact to warrant expan-
sion of its quarters which have
served since the turn of the cen-
The growth has been accom-
plished by two means: purchase
and gift.
Purchase Books
Rare book purchasing is handled
in a similar fashion to ordinary
book buying. Rare book dealers
either send catalogues or go to the
library to sell their books.
Faculty requests for the pur-
chase of rare books are handled
by the Book Selection Department
in the same fashion as those for
new books.
Miss Ella M. Hymans, Curator
of Rare Books, in describing the
purchasing process said it was
important to realize that !all rare
books were not expensive.
Items Cost Little
Many of the items offered cost
only a few dollars. Their value
comes from the fact that they were
part of a large special collection.
Another important source of
books for the Rare Book Room is
The "Imaginary Voyage Collec-
tion" donated by Lucius- L. Hub-
bard, former Regent of the Uni-
versity, is-a prime example, Miss
Hymans said. f
Open Collections
Individuals who have collected
rare books often desire to commit
their collections to professional
care, and to open them to the
public, they give them to libraries.
The Rare Book Room has re-

-Daily-Robert Kaplan
RARE BOOK ROOM-Librarian Ella M. Hymans .examines a
dealer's catalogue of rare books to find any items in which the
library might be interested. The Rare Book Room grows each year
through purchase from dealers and from gifts.

TV Re port
On Cold War
To Be Given
A report on the status of the
Western allies in the cold war will
be given on a University television
program today.
Anthony Nutting, a special cor-
respondent on foreign affairs for
the New York Herald Tribune, will
speak on "Understanding Our
World" at 9 a.m. on WXYZ-TV
(channel 7, Detroit).
Nutting, formerly a member of
the British Parliament, believes
that because the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization is primarily
military in structure, it- is unable
to meet Soviet thrusts in the eco-
nomic and political areas. Yet, he
feels, it is in these areas that the
Russians are now placing their
major competitive emphasis.
For this reason, Nutting says, the
Western allies must organize an
economic offensive which can
challenge the Russian attempt to
bring the uncommitted nations of
Africa, Asia and the Middle East
into their economic sphere of in-
* * *
WXYZ-TV will prese'nt another
University program at 9:45 a.m.
This program, "Accent," describes
the life of the Alaskan Eskimo
The program's title, "Oil Drums
and Antenna Poles," is significant
in showing the effects of modern
civilization upon the Eskimo.
Prof. John Highlander of the
speech department interviews
Brian Kidney, a resident of Fair-
banks, Alaska, who is able to ex-
plain life in an Eskimo town. Kid-
ney tells of the great adaptability
the Eskimo has shown in making
the sudden transition from primi-
tive to modern civilization.
* * *
On another University program
today, Prof. Marston Bates of the
zoology department describes his
attitude on "The Role of Science,"
at 1 p.m. on WWJ-TV (channel 4,
Detroit). The program is the last
of the series, "Science: Quest and
"Science," Prof. Bates says, "is
a way of looking at the world, a
pair of spectacles, a product of
man's restlessness. It is neither
good nor bad in itself. Whatever is
good or bad is in society and what
uses society makes of science."
Asking for greater understanding
of science, Prof. Bates comments
on the common question, "What is
scientific research good for?" Prof.
Bates would like to, ask these
people: "What are you good for?"

Theatre Notes

"The Saturday Review" editor
Norman Cousins should provide
both entertainment and intellec-
tual stimulation when he speaks
Friday in Hill Auditorium on "The
War Against Man."
In a lecture sponsored by Uni-
versity Platform Attractions, Cous-
ins will discuss the conditions of
the world today.
The editor has traveled to every-
corner of America and to every
continent in the world in con-
nection with his work. During
World War II he served the gov-
ernment as editor of "U.S.A." dis-
tributed in many languages
throughout the world.
Holds Forums
On a 1951 trip to the Far East,
one of the six which he has made
since the end of World War II,
Cousins lectured at universities
and public forums in India, Pakis-
tan, Ceylon and Japan on the
subject of America's relationship
to the rest of the world.
To Perform
Theodore Bikel, versatile actor
and folk singer, will present a
program of songs in 16 languages
plus several light and serious dra-
matic readings at 8 p.m. today at
the Armory.
His repertoire includes Scottish
airs, French love songs, Hebrew
marches, German lullabies, Rus-
sian gypsy dances and Zulu
The singer who accompanies
himself on a guitar has also es-
tablished a reputation for him-
self as an actor, appearing in sev-
eral movies, including "The
"Defiant Ones," "I Want To Live,"
and "The Angry Hills."
Bikel has also been seen on tele-
vision and on the Broadway stage.
Bikel learned his vast collec-
tion of songs on his own travels
around the world. For example,
while filming "The Angry Hills,"
in Greece, he mastered a number
of Greek folksongs. On his jour-
ney back to the United States, he

He has also been exchange lec-
turer in Japan under the auspices
of the American-Japan Institute
for Cultural Exchange.
As interpreter of analysis of
history-in-the-making, he has re-
presented "The Saturday Review,"
the National and American Broad-
casting companies at such events
as the Egypt-Israeli crisis in 1956-
57, the Asian-African Conference
at Bandung, Indonesia, in 1955
and the East-West crisis in Ger-
many in 1953.
Attends Conferences
He was also present at confer-
ences concerning the ending of
the Korean War in 1951, the Ber-
lin Air Lift in 1948 and the Atomic
Test Explosions at Bikini.
Cousins' avid interest in man
and world affairs are reflected in
his books which include "The Good
Inheritance" and "Talks With
Nehru." "Modern Man Is Obsolete"
grew out of an editorial on the
implications of atomic energy,
while "Who Speaks For Man" is
an attempt to relate the individual
human being to the great move-
ments of the age.
A new edition of March's The-
saurus-Dictionary, under his edi-
torship, appeared early in 1958.
During the same year, his "In God
We Trust" was published, dealing
with the religious beliefs and per-
sonal philosophies of the Ameri-
can Founding Fathers.
Receives Degrees
Cousins has received degrees,
honoris causa, from 15 colleges
and universities in literature and
humane letters and laws.
He is the recipient of the Thom-
as Jefferson Award in Journalism,
the Education Writers' Tuition
Plan Award for Outstanding Serv-
ice to Education and the Award of
the City of Hiroshima for service
to the people of that city.
Cousins also was given the Ben-
jamin Franklin Citation - Award
for Magazine Journalism, the
Wayne State University Award for
National Service to Education and
the John Dewey Award for Public
His service to the United States
drew President Dwight D. Eisen-
hower to describe him as a "'dis-
tinguished editor who stands as a
symbol of America's creative, cru-
sading and sensitive mind."
Tickets for the Cousins lecture
are currently on sale from 10 a.m.

Colonel Spalding regularly pur-
chases books on many subjects
mainly Hawaiian history and early
military science and gives them
to the library. The books are in-
scribed as being part of the me-
Another active doner is Charles
Fineburg of Detroit who has given
several rare Walt Whitman items
to the Rare Book Room.
Though it is employed rarely by.
the Rare Book Room, the last im-
portant phase of obtaining rare
books is through rare book auc-
Describes Auction
Prof. Howard H. Peckham, direc-.

hold auctions. They circulate cata-
logues and have the items on
At the auction itself, procedures
are similar to any guction. The
auctioneer has special assistants
to watch for signal bids from deal-
ers who do not want competitors
to know for what they are bidding.
Creates Paradox
A paradoxical condition is
created, Prof. Peckham said, by
the presence of dealers and private
collectors at auctions.
Dealers of course take auction
prices wholesale and raise their
catalogue prices accordingly.,
Private collectors assume the
prices to be retail and therefore
complain when dealers ask the
higher prices.
Buyers Present
Another paradox is created by
,the presence of institutional buy-
ers, Prof. Peckham added.
Libraries such as the University
libraries buy books with the in-
tent of withdrawing them per-
mantly from circulation.
A smaller supply increases prices
for items; the institutional li-
braries are affected by their own
actions in that items cost more
and therefore fewer may be ob-
tained through their limited fi-
nancial resources.

ceived several donations of this tor of the Clements Library which
type. does some of its purchasing
Another source of books comes through auctions described the
from memorials and trust funds. procedure.
One of the most active of these is During the "season," which cor-
the memorial established by Col- responds to the school year, the
onel-Thomas M. Spalding in honor i four houses in America handling
of his son.,I rare books are commissioned to


Tonight at 8
with Van Heflin,
Everett Sol ane, Ed Begley
Short: Land of the Long Day
50 cents

stopped off in Madrid to pick up 1'to 5 p.m. in1
some Spanish songs. box office.


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Tenor Cesare Valletti To Sing
Wednesday at Hill Auditorium

The ninth concert of the Univer-
sity's Choral Union Series will
feature Cesare Valletti, tenor, a
8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hill Audi-
The program will open with
"Where'er You Walk" by Handel;
"Le Violette by Scarlatti; "Lungi
dal Caro Bene" by Sarti; and "Che
Voule Innamorasi" by Scarlatti.
Schubert's "Nacht and Traume"
Tues., Mar. 10, 7:30 S.A.B.

and "Der Musensohn;" Schu-
mann's "Mondnacht" and "Der
Hidalgo;" and Cilea's "Lamento
di Federico" from "L'Arlesiana"
will also be performed.
After intermission, Valletti will
sing "Dans les Ruines d'une Ab-
baye" by Faure; "Mandoline" by
Debussy; "Les Ponts de C" and
"Air Champetre" by Poulenc; and
"De' miei Bollenti Spiriti" from
Verdi's "La Traviata."
Valletti will conclude his pro-
gram with Richard Hageman's
"Music I Heard with You;" Dello
Joio's "There is a Lady Sweet
and Kind;" an'd Bantock's "Feast
of Lanterns."
Valletti, an Italian lyric tenor,
began his musical career as a so-
prano chorister in the famous
Church of the Gesu.
For five years, the singer studied
in Rome, and then made his opera-
tic debut as Alfredo in "La Travi-
ata" in Bari in 1947. This, was
followed by a series of operatic en-
gagements on three continents, in-
cluding his debut at Milan's La
Scala in 1951.
In the fall of 1953, Valletti made
first appearances with both the
San Francisco and Metropolitan
Opera. Three years later, he made
his debut at Town Hall.

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