Libraries are lining up to stock Jesse James Soul Liberty on their book shelves. Today we add the following:
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkely, Special Collections
University of Wisconsin, Special Collections
University of Arizona Library
They follow behind the University of Kentucky Library and the Frankfort (KY) Public Library, the first libraries to perceive the book’s importance for history.
Finding a publisher who could get JJSL into America’s libraries was a primary goal, that initially delayed the book’s publication for almost two years. Though the book is an entertaining non-fiction history of the Jesse James family, the book has abundant new historical information about the Jesse James family never published before. It was important that the book not only appear in today’s marketplace, but also that the book remain accessible for future generations.
North Star Press, who published almost all of the Jesse James catalogue written by John Koblas, would have been a natural fit to publish the book. It was with regret, though, that I elected to pass on North Star’s publication offer. North Star Press could not guarantee JJSL would find its way on to library book shelves.
I’m also informed today to expect more libraries that will be placing more orders. Meanwhile, book readers can offer a copy to their own favorite library, historical or genealogical society, by taking advantage of the publisher’s discount offer for books donated to learning institutions.