For Sale: a Truly Academic Collection

A former college president's books hold all you might want to learn about higher education

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Jay Premack for the Chronicle

Mr. Yanikoski holds a document from March 1824 in which Harvard faculty members issued a challenge, perhaps the earliest of its kind, regarding who should control collegiate affairs.

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Jay Premack for the Chronicle

Mr. Yanikoski holds a document from March 1824 in which Harvard faculty members issued a challenge, perhaps the earliest of its kind, regarding who should control collegiate affairs.

Growing up, Richard A. Yanikoski didn't much care for books, but you wouldn't know it today. He now has a vast collection—including some 3,000 volumes on higher education.

Walk into Mr. Yanikoski's spacious home office here, and you'll see them, lining alcoves of shelves. You'll find a copy of The Care and Culture of Men, a book written by David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University, in 1896. Then there's a copy of The Importance of Practical