Cardboard Culture: On the Origins of the Great American Baseball Card
MSMC LIBRARY WEEK 2020
James L. Gates, Jr., Library Director, National Baseball Hall of Fame
Hear Jim Gates from the Baseball Hall of Fame trace the history of America’s other pastime, the baseball card. What cultural and technological changes following the Civil War allowed for the creation of inexpensive small picture cards? These cards, over time, have evolved into an industry and hobby in which billions of dollars are exchanged. Did you know that baseball wasn’t always the predominant genre as it is today? Gates will also review some special cards and explain why they are so valuable.
James L. Gates has served as Library Director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 1995. He is responsible for the management of more than 3 million documents related to our great National Pastime. The HOF library collection includes books, player files, photographs, scrapbooks, personal papers and many hours of recorded media. Jim and his staff work with museum curators, the media, publishers, educators, researchers, fans, and anyone who is interested in conducting baseball research.
Gates previously served in academic libraries for almost fifteen years and holds degrees from Belmont Abbey College, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University. During his career, Jim has authored multiple articles, delivered lectures on baseball history around the country, and has served in an editorial capacity on multiple book, magazine and museum publications.
Jim also serves as host for the Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. He is an ardent Baltimore Orioles fan and has enjoyed scorekeeping for more than forty years.
Refreshments will be served.
Drawings for special Hall of Fame prizes & a $25 Gift Card - You must be present to win.
Approved for FYE College Life credit
Help us collect socks for Baseball Miracles’ #SOCKSFORCARE initiative. Socks are donated to children, homeless shelters, and other ministries in the communities Baseball Miracles has visited. Any type of NEW socks (athletic or otherwise) is welcome. Donations accepted at all Library Week events and at donation bins in Aquinas Hall, Hudson Hall, and the Kaplan Library. Let’s end Library Week with hundreds of pairs!