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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 9:37 am | Updated: 7:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

What: Antique social science and history books.

Who: Chris Schneider of Queen Creek, 27, a full-time doctoral student at Arizona State University.

I regularly present papers at professional conferences and am a member of the American Sociological Association. I have also published several scholarly articles, featured both in academic journals and encyclopedias.

How the collection began: While an undergraduate, I acquired an interest in knowledge, not merely attaining it, but rather examining the trans-generational transmission of systems of thought.

How many pieces: I have hundreds of books, but I probably have about 10 or 15 antique pieces that I showcase semiregularly. The prized piece: I have a circa 1930s Nazi Germany, Third Reich “cigarette” picture book. These books were utilized strictly as propaganda tools. Coupons were included in specially marked packs of cigarettes, which could be mailed to the Third Reich for a picture.

The pictures were then pasted inside each corresponding space and book to coincide with the story presented in a particular book. (The books had to be acquired separately). I have the “Adolf Hitler” book, which I’m told tells of the “glorious” and “wonderful achievements” of Hitler. Clearly these books were employed as divisive tools for the transmission of knowledge. The book is complete, down to every last picture. (Interestingly enough, the pictures, taken separately, are more prized because they are rarer). Someone sure smoked a lot of cigarettes to complete this book.

Where you showcase your collection: I am currently a part-time instructor at Arizona State University — Tempe main campus. I teach in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry. My courses vary, but I mostly teach Justice Theory and Principles of Justice. I showcase some of my collection in the classroom, as the books often serve as a useful conversational catalyst.

What else you collect: I collect music and sports memorabilia, particularly autographed baseballs and record/ compact disc jackets. Aside from autographs, my collections range from game used baseball bats and batting gloves to used guitar picks and drumsticks.

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