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FIRST ANNUAL BRUCKMAN AWARD

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,

When John Bruckman came to the Los Angeles Public Library in 1953, he delighted in his work in the History Department.  Passionate about the history of his adopted state of California, he prowled the stacks for old and obscure titles.  His colleagues remember him saying, in his gruff German accent: "These books are too imporatant to be pushed back and forth, back and forth, on dusty shelves!"  He gathered the best of the best, cajoled the building maintenance manager to build shelves in a cool portion of the basement (a makeshift vault sometimes referred to as "the Cask of Amontillado"), and thus created what became the Rare Books Collection.

With the comradeship and support of Ernie Siegel and Charles Weisenberg, John sought and purchased outstanding examples of Californiana.   Soon, the Rare Books Collection included important titles from ALL the departments at Central Library, and donations and gifts poured in. 

John would be pleased to know that his beloved books are housed in a handsome place, with proper climate control and up-to-date equipment.  It is with gratitude and pride that the Board of the Bruckman Rare Book Friends voted to declare an annual award in his honor. 

The first annual Bruckman Award for Excellence in a Book about Los Angeles will honor Glen CreasonCentral Library Map Collection Librarian, for his groundbreaking work LOS ANGELES IN MAPS.  

 

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AWARD LUNCHEON LOCATION:

LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB

431 West 7th Street Los Angeles CA 90014

11:00 A.M. Social Hour

12:00 NOON Luncheon

RESERVATION OPTIONS:

Luncheon Bruckman Members = $45

Luncheon Non-Members = $50

Lunch + $20 Paper Membership = $65

Lunch + $30 Cloth Membership = $75

Lunch + $60 Buckram Membership = $105

Lunch + $100 Vellum Membership = $145

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jim Sherman at jsherman@lapl.org or (213) 228-7338

PARKING

Central Library Westlawn Garage - 524 S. Flower Street ($1.00 with library card)

Los Angeles Athletic Club - 646 S. Olive Street ($7.00 with validation)


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