The ABAA holds its members to high ethical standards. This includes asking members to do all they can to prevent the theft of and traffic in stolen manuscripts, books, and other printed material or to help prevent the traffic in frauds and forgeries. This job is handled in part by the ABAA Security Committee.
If you have had books stolen or gone missing, you can contact Security committee chair Garrett Scott or the ABAA headquarters in New York to have the material added to the ABAA Security Blog. If you suspect a forgery, we may be able to make a referral that can help you authenticate your material.
The cooperation of an ethical dealer is only one part of the process when you suffer a loss. Contact the appropriate law enforcement agencies to file a report in case of loss or theft. This is a critical step to help in the recovery of lost material. ABAA members have worked with local law enforcement agencies, FBI, Homeland Security and Interpol in efforts against biblio‐crime.
Crime & Punishment
The ABAA Security Blog will keep you up to date with the latest in stolen, missing or fraudulent material. You can also read about ABAA members who have put a stop to theft and forgery. Ken Sanders catches a man who loved books too much. Jeremy Norman writes about a noble Italian mathematician with sticky fingers.
Also see Library and Archival Security News from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, or The Society of American Archivists' “Introduction for Archivists” for the ACRL/RBMS Guidelines regarding security and theft.
The Security Committee shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining contact with both the Association membership and the bookselling and library communities at large on matters pertaining to the theft of books and other printed materials, and manuscripts, and the trafficking thereof; shall promote security measures which may assist in the prevention of book theft; shall cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the effort to recover and return stolen materials to their rightful owners; and, shall assist, when practical, in the apprehension of those responsible for the theft.
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