The Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law's upcoming Arts Law Colloquium lecture series "The Ten Year Heist: The Looting of Kenyon College's Special Collections and the Role of the Civil Suit in Preventing These Crimes" features a special guest lecture from Professor Travis McDade, curator of rare books at the University of Illinois School of Law.
McDade is most recently quoted in an Illinois Times article discussing historical public records that disappear from courthouses and later turn up in private collections:
Provenance – irrefutable proof of a manuscript’s origins and documentation that it has not been stolen – is key, according to McDade. If a person or institution has a document that appears to be a public record, he says, they should be able to show how it passed from public to private hands."
McDade has written extensively on the subject of rare book, map, and document crime - including the recent "Thieves of Book Row," and teaches a class at Illinois called "Rare Books, Crime & Punishment."
McDade's colloquium presentation will discuss David Breithaup and the special collections theft at Kenyon College’s Olin Library. "The Ten Year Heist" will be held on November 5 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DePaul University College of Law.
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The Arts Law Colloquium is facilitated by Professors Patty Gerstenblith and Margit Livingston and features lunchtime presentations. The colloquium helps advance CAMCHL’s mission of enhancing awareness and understanding of art, museum and cultural heritage law issues by exposing students, lawyers and other professionals to the myriad legal issues encountered by experts who practice in these fields.