Records of Deception: Forgeries and the Integrity of the Historical Record

Records of Deception: Forgeries and the Integrity of the Historical Record

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

 

Forgeries, as opposed to facsimiles or copies, are characterized by their makers’ intent to deceive. While accusations of “fake news” and “alternative facts” abound in today’s media, special collections also contain examples of documents that have been faked or forged for various purposes throughout past centuries. Although the majority of forgeries were never created with the explicit intention of distorting the historical record, their cumulative impact poses a threat to the integrity of collections stewarded by libraries, even as the ongoing practice of forgery continues to complicate the marketplace for books, prints, maps, and ephemera. Our panelists will discuss these various aspects of forgery, and will speak about bibliographical techniques as well as other strategies they use to authenticate historical documents, ranging from manuscripts and early-printed books to twentieth-century flyers and zines.

The panel will  feaure Kevin Young of the Schomburg Center and author of Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, scholars Nick Wilding and Julie Nelson Davis, and Brian Cassidy of Type Punch Matrix.