Book Auction Information
The BHC Book and Journals Exhibit offers a way for attendees to learn about new publications in the field and also to advertise their own work. We charge no exhibit fee but require publishers to allow us to auction off their wares at the end of each meeting. This flyer explains the procedures we use.
Each book has a post-it note, usually facing the inside front cover. Bidders write their name and bid on the post-it. If you find a book without a post-it, please check with Pat Denault. Bids may be made from the time the display is opened until the Secretary-Treasurer calls the bidding closed on Saturday afternoon, scheduled for approximately 5:20 p.m. No books may be removed before the end of the auction. Journals without post-its are free for the taking throughout the meeting, but we do hold out at least one copy of each journal for the auction (auction copies will have post-its). The event is run "dutch-auction" style, which means that people may bid higher than the original bid, and bidders may return and increase their own bids if they wish to keep trying for a book. So it's important to check the post-its to see what is happening with the books in which you are interested. Bidding usually reaches a peak right before time is called.
No books will be held aside for individuals; bidders must be at the auction to secure the books on which they have bid. No books can be mailed to buyers: buyers must take their books with them or make their own mailing arrangements.
The highest bidder on each book when "time" is called receives the book. In order to allow sufficient time for people to get to the Presidential Address, we ask that all bidders cooperate by ceasing to bid when time is called.
After time is called, bidders should collect the books on which they have the highest bid and take them to those serving as cashiers to pay for them. Please keep the post-it with your winning bid in the book until that point.
Preferred payment methods are cash or by check payable to the Business History Conference; credit cards may be used, but only MasterCard and Visa. All proceeds go to support the activities of the BHC. Receipts will be available.
Any book and journal display copies remaining after the auction has concluded may be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.