Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, 2008-2009Thomas Cooper Library, Graniteville Room, Mezzanine Level
Jun 15, 2009 - Aug 15, 2009
On display are more than 80 items from medieval manuscripts to Star Trek items, selected from some 10,000 acquisitions received during the year. Major gifts and new collections represented in the exhibit include an illuminated manuscript given by Frances Glazebrook, Renaissance astronomy from the Robert B. Ariail Collection, Milton books donated by Prof. John T. Shawcross, books from the Robert B. Wickenheiser Collection of John Bunyan, the Gibbes-Robinson Catesby, the first published description and illustration of a camellia (purchased from the Ethelind Pope Brown Endowment), 18th-century books from Prof. Edward Gregg and from the Taylor family (including the first American book on field sports). Also included are the Charles B. Weasmer Collection of 18th century Presbyterianism, LeVaillant's illustrations of African birds (donated by Prof. John Kenneth Adams), an important Darwin source (purchased from the Irvin Endowment), Tennyson proofs (purchased from the Pope Rice/Rice Davis Library Treasures Endowment), a collection development project for the writings of Christina Rossetti, including her first book (funded through the Treasures Acquisition Program), and a Hemingway typescript about deep-sea fishing (purchased by the Edward Hallman trust).