So, I received this email this morning:
I want to reiterate how impressed I was with your capstone book; you beautifully blended the genres of literature and photography. I have no doubt that your piece will not only have an emotional impact on those who read it, but will also help mark your arrival into the field of photography.
I would like to ask your permission to show the book at a conference in June. I’m presenting a paper at Dartmouth about how the library utilizes Special Collections and the types of student work we archive. I very much consider your book (Reflections, was it?) one these important pieces. If this is okay with you, we would like to purchase a copy. What is the best way to go about this?
Thank you in advance! Again, what beautiful work you’ve done. A triumph.
Emily is the librarian for the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Teti Library (my college). And to explain a little of what this email is about, the Teti Library has a special room called “Special Collections” where over the years people and benefactors have donated incredibly expensive/very old/incredibly influential photo and art related books. Some of the cooler items (in my opinion) we have in Special Collections are original copies of every issue of Camera Works by Alfred Stieglitz, a few original editions of Richard Avedon books, and even a book made by Henri Cartier-Bresson. So with that context in mind, Emily, the librarian for the Teti Library and our Special Collections, wants to buy my book from my senior project (my “Remembrance” project, click to see just the images from that series) to put my book into Special Collections. This is a huge honor.
And besides the fact that my book is going into Special Collections Emily also wants to show my book at a librarian conference at Dartmouth College when she presents her paper about “how Special Collections enhances the research experience from freshmen english through senior capstone papers.” I am so thrilled. So excited. I can’t even express it in words. I’m supposed to go in tomorrow to meet with the librarians to arrange to order my book and I’m baffled that this is all happening so quickly. I only got my personal copy last Friday and I’m already being offered this amazing opportunity. I couldn’t be happier.