Kasinec Collections at OSU

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Forwarded from Predrag Matejic:

The Hilandar Research Library, the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, and the Slavic and East European collection at The Ohio State University Libraries for more than 30 years have been privileged to be the recipients of advice, collaboration, and support from Edward Kasinec. A  cultural historian, bookman and the Emeritus Curator of Slavic  and Baltic collections at The New York Public Library, Kasinec is now resident scholar at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Mr. Kasinec has donated significant individual items to our collection since 2000, including impressive 17th and 18th century printed books. In 2005, he donated 900 volumes, largely consisting of finding aids, catalogs, and manuscript and library descriptions from his book studies collection. Most recently, he extended his generosity by making available another substantial portion of his personal collection. To the “E. Kasinec Collection of Finding Aids,” we are in the process of adding over 1300 volumes of his “Russian and East Central European Book Studies Collection.”    

In addition, Edward has provided a generous bequest to the OSU Libraries – the “Kasinec Family Endowed Acquisition Fund” – which will be administered by the Associate Director for Special Collections and the Curator of the Hilandar Research Library for the purchase of antiquarian books, manuscripts, and reference materials relating to Slavonic, especially East Slavic, culture before 1800.

A special bookplate has been designed by the OSU Libraries. It incorporates the highly distinctive personal bookplate of Mr. Kasinec created by St. Petersburg artist, Iurii Liukshin.