Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Winter 2015

Publication Title

Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals

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Archivists, Collectors, Dealers, and Replevin: Case Studies on Private Ownership of Public Documents is an excellent resource for archival students, educators, historians, collectors, and any audience with an interest in archives. Starting with an historical review of collecting institutional and government documents and the development of the archival tradition in the United States, the author examines all aspects of the problems straddling the archival profession. The book allows the reader to easily follow the role of archivists in issues such as protection from loss through theft and neglect as well as archival conflict arising from the existence of public documents in private hands. The reader can learn about the replevin issue associated with displaced government documents in the United States through real-world case studies