The Gingrich Library houses a collection of books that have been designated "Rare." The following criteria will be used to evaluate (1) the existing collection to determine if they should remain housed in the library's special collections, and (2) possible acquisitions to be given the designation "rare." In addition books to be included in the rare book collection will be considered case-by-case, and in consideration of the rest of the collection.
Rare books are those that need a secure environment, supervised use, non-circulating status, conservation, and rare book cataloging.
1) Date: Books printed before 1830
2) Characteristics: Books may possess intellectual value, artifactual value, or both. Books with artifactual value include:
3) Condition: Age itself often will determine whether a book is "rare," while condition is usually more important in judging more recent material. All values of the book--scholarly, artifactual, bibliographical, and market--may be greatly affected by condition. Copies that are badly worn, much repaired or rebound, are not generally included in rare book collections, unless the age of the material preempts condition as a criterion
4) Bibliographical, Research or Market Value: The rarity or importance of individual books is not always self-evident. Some books, for example, were produced in circumstances which virtually guarantee their rarity (e.g. Confederate imprints). Factors affecting importance and rarity can include the following: