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2009 Collections Highlights

The Libraries' National Museum of American History Library has acquired some new and interesting items this year:

The Libraries accepted a collection of mail order catalogs from Dr. Saul Zalesch, Assistant Professor of Art History at Louisiana Tech University.  Dr. Zalesch donated 10,000 catalogs, originating from approximately 1,500 corporate sources. The catalogs are in mint condition and include companies such as National Geographic, Elvis, Barbie, Franklin Mint, Macy’s, Walmart, Eddie Bauer, Land’s End, L.L. Bean, Hammacher Schlemmer, and Avon. This broad collection focuses on consumer culture from 1993-2006, and will be valuable to cultural historians of the next generation.—Lu Rossignol and Liz O’Brien

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