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3:15 p.m.

The Vernacular Obsession: the Pursuit and Use of Archives and Manuscripts

hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ABAA

Holly Mengel is a processing archivist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.  


She has been working in the field of special collections since 2002, following her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh with an MLIS and a concentration in archives.  Over the last 17 years, she has worked with collections dating from the 18th to the 21st century and covering a wide variety of topics. As project manager for a CLIR Hidden Collections grant project from 2009 to 2012, she worked with collections at more than 20 Philadelphia area repositories and she continues to be active in collaborative regional projects initiated by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries as well as Penn’s Kislak Center. 

Brian Cassidy, Brian Cassidy Bookseller (ABAA Member)


Brian Cassidy has been involved in the book business in one form or another since 1994. In 2004 he established Brian Cassidy Bookseller, specializing in modern and contemporary literature; The Beats; poetry; popular culture; esoterica; artists' books; the avant-garde in all its various guises; small journals and magazines (especially those associated with the Mimeo Revolution); letters, manuscripts, and archives; as well as vernacular, folk and outsider books. He is on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. He lives and works in Silver Spring MD.

Moderated and introduced by 

Lorne Bair, Lorne Bair Rare Books (ABAA Member)


Lorne Bair is the proprietor of Lorne Bair Rare Books of Winchester, Virginia, specialists in the history, art, and literature of American social movements. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the ABAA and is currently Director of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. He regularly lectures on various aspects of collecting books and ephemera, and has spoken at the Grolier Club, Yale, Penn State, American University, and many others.