01. October 2020 - 18:00 till 19:00

LIFECYCLES: Collecting & Collections [3 Sessions], Online, Thursday, 01. October 2020

Lifecycles: Collecting & Collections is a three-part program that analyzes the process of collecting into three distinct passages.

About this Event

Collecting is a journey. Executed with foresight, it can be a source of both self-exploration and understanding of the World. Done under influence and imitation, collections can come to represent expensive, burdensome wastes of time in the eyes of its beholder.

Lifecycles: Collecting & Collections is a three-part program that analyzes the process of collecting into three distinct passages. Drawing from professional experience, Collections Advisor, Spencer W Stuart, examines the questions collectors have at these pivotal moments and available options to develop techniques of collecting.

The Lifecycles program has been designed for a variety of audiences:

• Individual collectors and, or groups of individual collectors.

• Enthusiasts wondering if they are collectors of rare books and/or manuscripts and/or fine art (prints, photography, and paintings).

• Special Collections Librarians and Curators who have to understand the process behind a donor’s collection, or those already held within the institution.

• Gallerists and auctioneers who provide works to collectors and wish to educate their staff while creating unique events to attract new clients and strengthen relationships with existing clients.

• Financial, legal and appraisal professionals who provide services to collectors and collections.

• Board Members or professional staff of institutions receiving collections from donors and benefactors.


*Following each session, attendees with be provided a corresponding article.

October 1st | SETTING OUT

The origins of the collecting impulse are not always clear. In retrospect, there are some patterns and decisions made early on that can prove foundational moving forward and can dictate how and where one collects.

What is a collecting interest? How does it relate to Me? How does it relate to the World?How does it take shape? Where do I go? Who can I trust?

October 8th | YOU’RE A COLLECTOR

You have found the switch and turned the lights on, you are a collector. You have made some ‘wrong’/’odd’ purchases starting out, but you know where you would like to go now.

How should I take stock of what I have? Once I have, what do I do?


Whether deaccessioning to set out into new collecting fields or getting your estate in order, the conclusion of a collecting path requires an understanding of market forces which will provide you with available options.

What’s the role of time in this process? What is ‘emotional blowback’?What/Where is the value of my collection?


"For anyone who deals with collections or their collectors I would strongly recommend Spencer Stuart’s: “Lifecycles: Collecting & Collections”. I found this webinar to be very informative concerning the nature of this activity. In over 20 years, in my position as an acquisition archivist, I have had dealings many collectors and the items they collect but Spencer’s presentation made me think about this in an entirely new way and inform my own work.”

- Brian Hubner, Acquisition and Access Archivist, University of Manitoba

"I attended Spencer’s LIFECYCLES seminar, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found his approach insightful and practical, and his presentation engaging. Spencer was able to put a framework around the process and psyche of collecting, and to articulate this in the historical context of several major collectors and collections. His approach was a great balance between the theoretical and the pragmatic. I’m very glad to have attended and really appreciated Spencer’s follow-up to my questions both during the session and afterwards."

- Nancy Boehm, Book Collector

“Lifecycles: Collecting & Collections helped me understand and focus my collecting habits by clarifying the approaches to collecting and providing practical strategies for moving forward. Mr. Stuart’s presentation style is clear, well-researched, and engaging; I particularly appreciated the generosity and expertise with which he addressed questions from his audience. I recommend this seminar to new collectors or to anyone interested in gaining a better sense of how to organize, advance, and share their collections."

- Virginia-based book collector

Thursday, 01. October 2020, Online, LIFECYCLES: Collecting & Collections [3 Sessions]

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