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VIGILANTE, Sylvester
A Collection of Books Inscribed to Sylvester L. Vigilante with Related Correspondence
1958. A collection of 72 books and much related correspondence. Almost all of the books are Inscribed by their authors to Sylvester L. Vigilante, Head of the American History Room located in Room 300 at the New York Public Library, and where he apparently provided dozens of authors with invaluable research and support for their writing. Overall very good or better with some sunning and general wear including scattered chips, tears and rubbing, some lacking dust jackets. Vigilante, who coauthored with his wife Edna Vigilante the nonfiction children's book, *We Were There at the Opening of the Erie Canal* (1958), had a superb depth of knowledge of American history, particularly of the frontier West, as is evidenced in the printed acknowledgments in books in this collection, as well as in the personalized inscriptions by the authors, and in the accompanying correspondence. Vigilante started at the NYPL in the early part of the last century (there exists a *New York Times* article from 1909 mentioning him as a young assistant who discovered a theft from the library), and retired more than 50 years later in the early 1960s. Apparently as much as he was appreciated for his research help, he was also cherished for his company and friendship: many of the letters urge him to visit, to dine, or to drink with the various authors. While he corresponded widely with authors nationwide, he apparently was at the center of the circle of Western authors who lived on the East Coast and haunted Room 300. He was chosen as the first "Sheriff" (or chairman) of the New York branch (or "Corral") of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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