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Catalog Number 2015.59.17
Object Name Affidavit
Scope & Content The affidavit of assistant director Helen Pappas, which appears to be a copy because it is not dated. For additional information on the theft of the Audubon prints see Library Director Thomas Scully's affidavit fJune 25, 1987.

The summary of the affidavit covers these facts:

She had been the Assistant Director since 1968 and her duties include payroll/personal matters, ordering books, overseeing the circulation desk, handling complaints and assuming directorship duties, in absence of the director. The man named Michael Moskolusk informed the staff that he was writing a book on John J. Audubon and wanted to study the prints. At first, the staff accompanied Moskoluk to the Sutton Room. Over time the staff began to trust him and later gave him a key to the Sutton Room so he could study at his one pace. In March of 1976, Moskolusk let the staff know that he had finished viewing the prints. It would not be until April of 1976 that the staff would discover that the 86 of the prints had been cut out of the folios and stolen.

At this point the FBI and Scotland Yard and presumably INTERPOL worked to get the prints back. The Peabody Institute also found out that Moskoluk had also stolen prints from the Boston Public Library and the New Bedford Public Library. All, but four or 1 %, of the prints were found and returned to the Library.

After the recovery the prints were removed from the Sutton Room and stored in a secured location. In 1979 one folio was placed on display in a non-climate controlled, locked, but not alarmed, glass case at the rear of the main room of the Library. Pages of the folio were on display and were turned periodically, by Library Director, Thomas Scully; the remaining three were stored elsewhere and locked. On a night in May of 1980 the folio, which was on display in the glass case, was stolen. The person who broke in did so through a window in the rear of the main room. The alarm sounded but by the time the Library Director and police arrived the prints were gone. In September of 1980 the folio was recovered and returned to the Library. Since Late 1980 the prints had not been displayed.


Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room or Research Room.
Creator Helen Pappas
Title Affidavit of Helen Pappas
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Pappas, Helen (1922-2012).
Pappas, Helen (1922-2012)--Assistant Director--Peabody Instiute
Pappas, Helen (1922-2012)--Affidavit
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)
Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)--Assistant Director
Parent ObjectID 2015.59.1