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Finding Aid to the Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records, 1916-2001
BANC MSS 99/317  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. records
    Date (inclusive): 1916-2001
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/317
    Creators : Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc.

    Rosenthal, Bernard M.
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 cartons; 1 box Linear feet: 8
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: This collection documents the work of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. and its owner, Bernard M. Rosenthal. Included in the collection are business correspondence, publications produced by Rosenthal, Inc. and business records as well as Rosenthal's personal correspondence and teaching materials.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Italian, German, and French.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records, BANC MSS 99/317, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Poole, John Hudson, 1878-1961
    Poole, Caroline Boeing--Library
    Catalogs, Book
    Antiquarian booksellers--United States

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Bernard M. Rosenthal in 1999. Additions were made in 2006.

    Accruals

    Future additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Adela Wright in 2003. Additions processed by Jennifer Davis in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    Bernard Rosenthal, founder of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc., was born in Munich, Germany in 1920, into a family of rare and antiquarian booksellers. Escaping Adolph Hitler in the 1930s, Rosenthal's family immigrated to the United States. Ultimately, Rosenthal attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an international student. He served in the U.S. military from 1942-1946, and returned to Berkeley when his service was over. He worked as a chemist and an interpreter before deciding to enter the rare book business. He married his wife, Ruth, in 1950.
    Three years later, Rosenthal opened his own rare bookstore, Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc., in New York, NY. In 1970, he moved the bookstore to San Francisco, CA where it remained until 1989 when Rosenthal moved it to its current (2007) location in Berkeley, CA.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the work of Bernard M. Rosenthal, Inc. and its owner, Bernard M. Rosenthal. Included in the collection are business correspondence, publications produced by Rosenthal, Inc. and business records as well as Rosenthal's personal correspondence and teaching materials.
    A significant portion of the collection relates to the sale of the John H. Poole Library between 1977 and 1996. Included are donation, sale, and accounting records as well as some information relating to Caroline Poole and the Poole family.