Special Collections and Archives

Frequently Asked Questions: Saalfield Publishing Company Collection

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I have a Saalfield book that might be worth some money. Can you tell me how much it's worth?

Some Saalfield books are collectible. Special Collections cannot provide an appraisal or value to you. Please see our general FAQ regarding appraisals, for more information.

Where can I purchase Saalfield books for my own collection?

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America publishes a directory of its member dealers by specialization. They also offer a directory on their website which might help you to locate a book dealer who sells Saalfield books (HINT: search under specializations of "Children's Books" and "Juveniles.") You might also be able to locate Saalfield publications through online auction houses, such as Ebay.

Where can I find information on a Saalfield author or illustrator?

Special Collections and Archives does not have information files on most Saalfield authors and illustrators. Instead we have examples of their publications. Your local library may be able to help you to track down biographical information about Saalfield authors and illustrators. Reference works such as Something About the Author and Contemporary Authors (published by Gale) may include the person you are researching. Many Saalfield authors and illustrators are not well-known or well-documented, so your search might be difficult.


I want to have reproductions of a Saalfield illustration or text sent to me. How do I order this?

Although Special Collections and Archives physically owns many of Saalfield's publications, we do not own the literary rights or copyright to the items in the collection. If you are using copies for research purposes only, we can provide copies in accordance with our Duplication Policy. If, however, you wish to use images or texts for commercial purposes or in published works, it is your responsibility to obtain permission for duplication from copyright owners. In most cases, we do not know who owns copyright and cannot research that information for you.

If I want to visit Kent State in person, is the Saalfield Collection available for use?

Yes, the collection is available for research or general interest use on site. If you are traveling from out of town, you are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections and Archives at least 24 hours in advance. Please review our finding aids ahead of time to identify specific parts of the collection to view in person. For more details on using our collections, see our Usage Policy.

Why is the Saalfield Collection located at Kent State University? How did you acquire the collection?

In 1977, the Saalfield Publishing Company ceased operations. During the process of liquidating the company's property, a large collection of Saalfield publications, old business records, and other company archives was discovered in a room in one of the former Saalfield buildings. Kent State University Libraries offered to purchase this material for $4000 in 1977 and was able to raise the funds for the purchase through an anonymous donation, a gift from Mr. and Mrs. A. Clarke Mack, and some library funds. The materials in this archive are part of the Department's collection development emphasis in children's literature.


I have a Saalfield book that does not include a publication date. Can you tell me in what year it was published?

Many of the books published by Saalfield were issued without dates. In most cases, it is difficult for us to determine a precise date. The binding style, illustrations, and other features of the book often can provide clues to an estimated time period of publication.