Norman & Jeanette Gould Library Launch

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) is proud to announce that the Jeffrey S. Gould Foundation, established by WWBA Trustee Jeffrey Gould (pictured below), has generously donated $10,000 to enable WWBA to complete the acquisition of the Feinstein Collection of 250 Whitman-related books. The collection includes many rare books, including first-editions of Leaves of Grass and November Boughs.

The collection will be known as The Norman and Jeanette Gould Library, comprised of the Feinstein Collection. The public is invited to join the Gould and Feinstein families at the celebratory launch of The Norman and Jeanette Gould Library on April 26, 2018, at 1 – 3 p.m. at the Birthplace. WWBA expects local government officials and scholars to be in attendance.

The collection will be housed and preserved on the Walt Whitman Birthplace premises and it will be available to the public for scholarly research, historic documentation, and general appreciation of Whitman’s individual and collective writings. All usage of WWBA’s library collection is by appointment and under the supervision of Curator Richard Ryan to best preserve and maintain the books for generations to come. This acquisition increases the WWBA book collection by 8% to total 1,800 volumes.

Marvin Feinstein was a lifelong book collector and bookseller who lived in Northport, LI. His widow, Miriam, and sons David and Allen, wanted to keep his Whitman collection intact and approached the Whitman Association with the donation of forty books and with the offer to donate half the value of the remaining collection of 250 books, appraised at approximately $20,000. The Association first appropriated funds to purchase ten books, but upon reviewing the items in the collection, decided to try and raise funds to purchase the entire collection. When Trustee Jeffrey Gould heard of the literary and historic significance of the collection, he generously offered to secure the collection with his donation. WWBA extends many thanks to Trustee Jeffrey Gould and to the Feinstein Family for their work on behalf of literary scholarship and historic preservation.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

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