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Born in Brooklyn in 1919, Norman was the son of Russian immigrants. He moved to Saratoga Springs in 1947 with his wife Eva. Among Norman and Eva’s first Saratoga friends were Charles and Hannah Adler.  The Foxes and the Adlers shared a love of rare books. When Charles Adler went abroad to become a conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Adlers loaned their renowned illustrated book collection to Skidmore College. Norman was first the steward of this collection and then became its owner.  

Norman took delight in the ways the Fox Collection became an invaluable resource for Skidmore faculty and students.  Under the guidance of Catherine Golden, Professor of English, and Wendy Anthony, Special Collections Curator, students have created countless library exhibitions and catalogues based on this rich collection.  

In 1990, when Hannah Adler passed away, Norman used a bequest from her estate to initiate a yearly lecture (then called the Adler Lecture) to discuss 19th-century literature and art.  The lecture series, renamed the Fox-Adler lecture series, has featured prominent scholars, journalists, book artists, and bibliophiles. In 2005 the Fox family gave what is now known as the Fox Collection to the College along with a generous gift to endow the lecture series in perpetuity.  Norman suggested many topics for the Fox-Adler Lecture, such as talks on George Cruikshank, William Blake, Arthur Szyk, book collecting, and Leonard Baskin, the subject of this year’s lecture. Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, will deliver the 28th annual Fox-Adler lecture on Thursday, September 15th at 5:15 PM in Gannett Auditorium: "Strange and Marvelous Books: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press."  We will honor Norman’s legacy at the opening of this year’s Fox-Adler lecture.

Exhibit curated by Wendy Anthony, Special Collections Curator and Catherine Golden, Professor of English.

The exhibit will be on display in the Harris Lobby in the Scribner Library through August. In conjunction with this topic, please also see the Tang Museum's Leonard Baskin exhibit page. This exhibition of prints by Leonard Baskin is organized in honor of Norman A. Fox and the annual Fox-Adler lecture. The Museum will hold the Leonard Baskin Exhibit in the Payne Presentation Room from August 13 to October 2.


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