-Contributed by Emily Gainer.
Most libraries frown on writing in books. At the CHP, we like to see the handwritten notes psychologists have made in the books that they donate.
Recently, I have been cataloging the books of Robert W. Leeper (1904-1986), who was a prolific annotator of his books. The margin notes provide insight into his thoughts, research, and personality. In a number of cases, CHP already had a copy of the book in the library. Leeper’s copy with annotations isn’t just another copy; it is a unique resource that no other library in the world holds. The books, taken together with Leeper’s personal papers, enhance the researcher experience at CHP.
The CHP also holds other books that have been annotated, such as those from the Animal Behavior Enterprises collection and the Muzafer and Carolyn Wood Sherif papers. Annotated books are included in the UA Libraries online catalog, with annotations identified in the notes section of the records.