A Book Donation Treasure
The Voyages of James Cook: How a Special Donation Found the Perfect Home
Last summer former Oakton staff librarian Joanna Cole donated a box of old books that had been in her grandmother’s home. Among them was a four-volume set of James Cook’s Voyage to the Pacific Ocean published in New York in 1796. It was difficult to find much information about such old books, but after a bit of digging we came across an article published by the American Jewish Historical Society, a Smithsonian affiliate. The article was about Benjamin Gomez, who had published the James Cook volumes and who was the first Jewish printer in the American Colonies. The AJHS owned several of his books.
After reading the article we felt that donating the volumes to the American Jewish Historical Society, the oldest ethnic, cultural archive in the United States, was the best possible way for the books to be treasured and made available to others. Our donor was thrilled that her books found such a perfect home.
The AJHS wrote a lovely thank you blog about our generous gift.
The Friends of Oakton Library thank you for all of your donations — old, new, and in between. We try to find new homes and second lives for all of them!
- - Mary Colombi