It is with sadness that I report the passing of Edith Anderson Rights on September 20th, 2013. Born in Kearney, Nebraska in 1927, she was 85 years old.
She attended Bethany College, in Lindsborg, Kansas where she met her husband and best friend of 64 years, Robert (1922-2013). Married in 1949 they returned to New Jersey moving to Upper Montclair in 1956.
Edith went on to receive her first Master’s degree in Education from Montclair State College in 1962. She received her second Master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University in 1983.
Edith was an ASBC&D member for many years. She was also a member of the Art Libraries Society, American Library Association, and the Bookplate Society in the UK. Her interest in bookplates was sparked in 1946 and developed through her 28 years as the librarian at the Montclair Art Museum’s LeBrun Library in Montclair, New Jersey.
Edith A. Rights made significant contributions to the world of bookplates through her research and articles. While at the Montclair Art Museum she curated two exhibitions around bookplates from the museum collection. She was well known for her book The Bookplates of Arthur Nelson Macdonald, Montclair Art Museum, 1986. Over the years, she published several articles about bookplates. Her research into women ex libris artists and her updated census of bookplate collections will always be important. The ASBC&D will present some of her unpublished works in future issues of the Chronicle.
The first world bookplate congress she attended was in Boston 2000 and then she was hooked. She went on to participate in many national and international meetings. She also attended our first inter-American congress in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico in 2009.
She practiced Sumi-e painting and was a member of the Sumi-e society. She enjoyed Origami and presented paper folding techniques to audiences of all ages. Upon retiring, she published short articles on bookplate topics. She lectured around the United States and occasionally internationally.