A Lifetime of Giving: The William J. Dane Fine Print Collection at the Newark Public Library

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NEWARK, NJ.- Building and maintaining a library collection is no easy task, and doubly difficult when collecting art such as fine prints, portfolios and artists’ books. Libraries have modest acquisition budgets (if any at all) and can never acquire the works of top–name artists at the height of their fame or auction value. Considering the fact that the collections at the Newark Public Library include works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and others, people might well wonder how these valuable items arrived here in Newark. The answer is threefold: generous people donated their treasures, foundations and individuals donated funds, and librarians tried to collect ahead of the trends. Luckily for us, The Newark Public Library’s former “Keeper of the