Guide to the Bookpeople of Moscow Records 1971-2014
Cage 832

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Bookpeople of Moscow
Title
Bookpeople of Moscow records
ID
Cage 832
Date [inclusive]
1971-2014
Extent
8.0 containers
General Physical Description note
3.75 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
The Bookpeople of Moscow was an independent bookstore founded in 1973. The Bookpeople of Moscow collection consists of publicity for the store, newsletters, financial documents, and records used for the day-to-day operation of the store. The collection also contains a small handful of digital files including videos and audio files commemorating the store's 40th anniversary.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Bookpeople of Moscow Records, 1971-2014. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Historical Note

The Bookpeople of Moscow was formed in 1973 in Moscow, Idaho and was incorporated in 1977 as a worker-owned co-operative bookstore. Ivar Nelson was one of the driving forces behind the business during its initial years. As a locally owned, independent bookstore, the Bookpeople of Moscow has played an active role in promoting arts and culture in Moscow. In 1981, Robert Greene purchased the store, which he ran until 2011. While the co-operative was dissolved when Greene bought the store, the Bookpeople remained an important contributor to culture in Moscow and the Palouse. Under Greene, Bookpeople began to engage in video rental and the online book trade. In 2011, the store was purchased by Nicole and Steffen Werner and Walter and Carol Spurling under the name BooX without Borders, LLC, while the store retains its original name, the Bookpeople of Moscow.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains records related to the operation of the Bookpeople of Moscow bookstore in Moscow, Idaho from 1973-2011. The collection primarily consists of financial records, newsletters, event flyers, correspondence, and meeting notes from the organizations early days as a co-operative. The collection also contains floor plans and drawings of the building, as well as digital files about Bookpeople events. These include photographs, videos of the 40th anniversary, an interview with founder Ivar Nelson from 2013, flyers, and radio advertisements.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into three series. Series 1 and 2 are grouped according to owner. Series 3 contains an oral history of Ivar Nelson, photographs, and videos from the 40th Anniversary party.

Series 1: Ivar Nelson files, 1971-1982. This series is arranged into two subsereis: Administrative files and Subject files.

Subseries 1: Administrative files, 1974-1982. This subseries contains materials related to the organization of the store and eventual sale to Bob Greene in 1981, as well as financial documents. This includes bylaws, Bookpeople stock, and the sale contract.

Subseries 2: Subject files, 1971-1980 This subseries contains, financial records, promotional materials for Bookpeople events, staff meeting minutes, correspondence, and the store lease.

Series 2: Robert Greene files, 1982-2014. This series is arranged into three subseries: Administrative files and correspondence, Financial records, and Publicity and events.

Subseries 1: Administrative files and correspondence, 1982-2010. This subseries contains correspondence, procedures pertaining to the day-to-day operation of Bookpeople, business plans, and backups of the store hard drive.

Subseries 2: Financial records, 1981-2006. This subseries contains information about the Bookpeople’s sales and expenses and the store lease and subsequent mortgage.

Subseries 3: Publicity and events, 1988-2007. This subseries contains advertisements, scrapbooks, newsletters, photographs, and flyers.

Series 3: Bookpeople 40th Anniversary, 2014. This series contains materials commemorating the history of Bookpeople. This includes a video of the 40th Anniversary party and of Ivar Nelson recounting the history of the store. It also contains two compact disks with photographs and oral histories.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Bookpeople of Moscow Records was donated by Ivar Nelson between 1981 and 2014 (MS 1981-18, MS 1981-32, MS 1984-25, and MS 2014-02) and Robert Greene in 2012 (MS 2012-02).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Jason Hogstad and Steven Bingo in 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bookpeople of Moscow, Inc.--Archives.

Subject(s)

  • Booksellers and bookselling--Northwest, Pacific--20th century.
  • Bookstores.
  • Businesses and Corporations
  • City and Town Life
  • Idaho
  • Literature

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Ivar Nelson files 1971-1982 

 Subseries 1 Administrative files 1974-1982 

Box Folder

Bookpeople stock certificates and sale documents 1979-1981 

5 99

Employment contract, bylaws and articles of incorporation 1977 

5 100

Insurance policies 1978-1980 

8 101

Invoices 1974-1975 

8 102

Monthly sales 1975-1978 

8 103

Bylaws and contract 1977-1980 

8 104

Financial statements 1977-1980 

8 105

Lease 1979 

8 106

Leases 1979-1980 

8 107

Sale to Bob Greene 1978-1982 

8 108-109

 Subseries 2 Subject files 1971-1980 

Box Folder

Advertisement undated 

5 98

Advertising information 1975 

1 1

Agricultural manuals 1974 

1 2

American Booksellers Association 1971-1974 

1 3

American Booksellers Association School 1974 

1 4

Articles on bookselling 1973 

1 5

Artistry Ink 1974 

1 6

Association of American+C31 Publishers 1973 

1 7

Book Place 1974 

1 8

Book reviews 1972-1973 

1 9

Book reviews for newspapers undated 

1 10

Book Shop Boise newsletter 1974 

1 11

Budget 1972-1974 

1 12

Bulk mailer undated 

1 13

Categories in store undated 

1 14

Center for Creative Educational Services 1974-1975 

1 15

Chamber of Commerce 1976-1977 

1 16

Children's lists 1973 

1 17

Clearwater Public Library 1975 

1 18

Co-op advertising 1974-1975 

1 19

Co-ops 1974 

1 20

Courses undated 

1 21

Customer letters 1975-1976 

1 22

Customer list undated 

1 23

Dynamite 1974 

1 24

Carla Emery 1975 

1 25

The 5¢ Cup 1974 

1 26

Functions 1975 

1 27

General Telephone 1975 

1 28

Idaho 1974-1975 

1 29

Jani 1975 

1 30

Lawyer 1977 

1 31

Lease 1973 

1 32

Letters to publishers 1973 

1 33

Libraries 1974 

2 34

Lidoff and Benson consignments 1977 

2 35

Local authors 1974-1976 

2 35

Logo 1974 

2 37

Minutes and notes 1977-1980 

2 38

Photos 1975 

2 39

Planners 1979-1980 

2 40-43

Plans undated 

2 44

Publicity photos 1974-1981 

2 45

Pullman store 1976 

2 46

Quilting in America 1973-1977 

2 47

Rural resources and information undated 

2 48

Shirt and book bag undated 

6

Shopping center 1975 

2 49

Signs undated 

Map Drawer

Special orders 1974-1976 

2 50

Staff meetings 1976 

2 51

Store plans undated 

Map Drawer

Store systems 1976 

2 52

Store through undated 

2 53

Tales of the Primitive Area 1976 

2 54

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 Series 2 Bob Green files 1982-2011 

 Subseries 1 Administrative files and correspondence 1982-2011 

Box Folder

Author correspondence, event information, and misc. 1982-1985 

3 55

Autograph book 1984-2004 

6

Business plan 1999 

3 56

Business plan 1998 

3 57

Calligraphy hours sign undated 

3 58

Checklists 1986-2002 

3 59

Correspondence 2006-2008 

3 97

Hard drive backup 2008 

3 60

Miscellaneous items from American Express appointment book 2000 

3 61

Postcards, incoming 2001, 2008-2010 

3 62

Store procedures 1986, 2003 

3 63-64

Video list 1989-1991 

3 65

Video scrapbook circa 1995 

7

Website 2010 

3 66

 Subseries 2 Financial resources 1981-2006 

Box Folder

Bookpeople sale contract 1981 

3 67

Café Libre 1982-1984 

3 68

Check register summary report 1996 

3 69

Donations receipts 1996 

3 70

Financial records 2003 

3 71

Financial statements 1995-1999 

3 72

Lease and miscellaneous 1984-1999 

3 73

Monthly sales records 1990-1991 

3 74

Retail audit 1997 

3 75

Sales and returns (incomplete) 1995-1997 

3 76

Sales and returns (incomplete) 1995-1997 

4 77

Store mortgage 1999 

4 78

Wage list 2006 

4 79

 Subseries 3 Publicity and events 1984-2006 

Box Folder

Advertising undated 

4 80

Events 1994, 1997 

4 81

Harry Potter party photos (physical and CD) 2005 

4 82

Mailing list 1991, 1997 

4 83

Newsletter 1984-2008 

4 84

Newsletter 1988-1989 

4 85

Newsletter back issues 1988-1998 

4 86

Newsletter originals 1990-1992 

4 87

Newsletter 1994-1996 

4 88

Newsletter graphics undated 

4 89

Radio advertisements 2000 

6

Josh Ritter book signing and performance 2006 

5 90

Scrapbook 1998-2001 

5 91-93

Scrapbook 1982-2002 

5 95

Scrapbook: clippings, events, newsletters 2003-2004 

5 95

"Twenty Years of Renaissance" 1993 

5 96

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 Series 3 Bookpeople 40th Anniversary 2014 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a video recording on DVD of the Bookpeople's 40th anniversary celebration, as well as photographs and an interview of Bookpeople founder Ivar Nelson. This series also contains two CDs containing interviews, photographs, and scanned documents. These materials have been copied to the WSU Libraries' Archival Storage for digital materials.

Box Folder

CDs and DVDs 2014 

6

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