Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Bookends made from bricks from Stephen Cranes home
In 1946, George Matthew Adams presented to the Dartmouth Library his incredibly deep collection of books related to the author Stephen Crane. The same year, the Industrial Arts Students at Weequahic High School in Newark, New Jersey, sent the Library another gift to make the collection whole: two bookends made from bricks from Crane's demolished home.

Newark News article from October 4, 1946, about students making the bookends
The school's principle had saved the bricks when Crane's house in Newark was torn down, then he set his students to work to cut and clean them, apply a coat of sealant, and build sturdy supports for them. They created two sets of bookends. One came to Dartmouth, the other to the Newark Public Library.

You can take a look at them by asking for Realia 153!

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