Doing business as The Private Library, Mr. Thometz has provided curatorial services to schools and book collectors since 1980. These services include providing, arranging and cataloging books, database development, appraisal, bibliographic research, and conservation. Mr. Thometz’s career as a private librarian has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Avenue, New York, Town and Country and Estelle Ellis’ book, At Home With Books.
On September 11th, 2001, Pantheon Books published Life Turns Man Up and Down: Highlife, Useful Advice and Mad English (Pantheon Books, 2001), a selection from Kurt’s collection of Eastern Nigerian market pamphletry; Africa’s incunabula.
In November of 2006, the Thometz’s opened Jumel Terrace Books with African and African-American collections acquired in 36 years of dealing in books. Uptown New York’s only antiquarian bookshop, the shop specializes in local history, African and American, representing Colonial Washington Heights’ and Revolutionary Harlem’s history, art, and literature: books and ephemera, relating to its community’s cultural literacy.