Brown University Library

Major Collections Acquisitions 1987-1997

1987-88
Papers of Howard Swearer, fifteenth President of Brown University
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Library of the Rhode Island Medical Society, which enhances the historical dimensions of the Sciences Library and the history of science holdings of the John Hay Library
GIFT OF THE RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL SOCIETY

Archive of the Gorham Silver Company, an unusually large and comprehensive business archive that documents the history of one of Rhode Island's most important industries
GIFT OF TEXTRON, INC.

1988-89
H. Adrian Smith Collection of Conjuring and Magicana, the most outstanding private collection in its field, complementing the Library's holdings in performing arts and the history of science and pseudo-science
GIFT OF H. ADRIAN SMITH '30

H. G. Wells Collection, consisting of first and early editions of virtually all of Wells's work
PURCHASE

1989-90
Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist and Dissenting Literature, a multi-year acquisition which, when completed in 2000, will be the country's largest research collection of right and left wing U.S. extremist organizations, from 1950 to the present
PURCHASE

Rollo G. Silver Collection of Printing and Publishing History, which records the historical development of these two industries, particularly in the U.S.
GIFT OF ALICE G. SILVER '32 AND ROLLO G. SILVER '31

John M. Crawford Jr. Collection of East Asian art books, strengthening both the general art collections and the East Asian Collection; John M. Crawford Jr. Collection in the Book Arts, including numerous examples of fine printing and calligraphy
BEQUEST OF JOHN M. CRAWFORD JR. '37

1990-91
Lucy Truman Aldrich Collection of Children's Liberature, which complements the Books Arts collections and the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays
GIFT OF DAVID ROCKEFELLER

Niccolo Machiavelli Collection, a major collection of first and early editions with an emphasis upon his political and historical works
PURCHASE

Sidney P. Albert- George Bernard Shaw Collection, one of the nation's preeminent collections of both the literary and sociopolitical writings of Shaw
PURCHASE

Archive of the American Mathematical Society, the primary American member organization of
research mathematicians, headquartered in Providence
GIFT OF THE AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY

1991-92
Manuscript of George Orwell's 1984, although a single item, constitutes virtually the entire extant corpus of Orwell's literary output in that Orwell systematically destroyed his manuscripts
GIFT OF DANIEL G. SIEGEL '57

Gerard Collection, over 4,000 long-playing records consisting of popular, jazz, rock, blues and country music, complementing the Orwig Music Library's holdings of popular music and ethnomusicology
GIFT OF EMANUEL GERARD '54

Gay/Lesbian Literature Collection, established through the bequest of the Richard G. Katzoff Collection of gay literature, complements existing collections such as the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, and has expanded to include manuscripts, notably the papers of author John Preston, the archive of Rhode Island Act Up, and collections of printed literature, most importantly an ongoing gift from A. Christian Frederick
GIFT OF VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS

1992-93
John Buchan Collection, a major collection of the published works of John Buchan, British statesman, author and Governor General of Canada; this gift complements an earlier gift of Buchan's writings from Mr. Bloomingdale
GIFT OF LYMAN G. BLOOMINGDALE '35

Dr. Arlene M. Pillar Collection of Children's Literature, an outstanding snapshot collection of children's literature from the mid-twentieth century
GIFT OF RUSSELL 1. PILLAR 87 AND MATTHEW G. PILLAR '90

1993-94
Martha Dickinson Bianchi Collection, consisting of the papers of the family of Emily Dickinson, along with the 3,000 volume family library from "The Evergreens," the Dickinson home in Amherst Massachusetts
BEQUEST OF MARY LANDIS HAMPSON

Miller Collection of Wit and Humor, a collection of approximately 40,000 volumes of published humor, mostly American, dating from the eighteenth century to the present
GIFT OF BERNARD, SAUL, AND GEORGE MILLER

Schirmer Collection, comprising nineteenth and early twentieth century anti-Imperialist writings, complementing related works in the John Hay Collection
GIFT OF DANIEL BOONE SCHIRMER

1994-95
World War II Art Collection, the culmination of several years collecting from many sources of original art work pertaining to World war II and augmenting the holdings of the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection
GIFTS OF VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS

Robert T. Galkin Stamp Collection, a collection worldwide in scope, which further strengthens Brown's position as one of the largest and most comprehensive stamp collections in a private institution
GIFT OF ROBERT T. GALKIN '49

August Derleth/Donald Wandrei Correspondence, a large collection of letters from Derleth to Wandrei, both of whom were major figures in the literary genre of the fantastic and both associates of H. P. Lovecraft, most of whose papers are at Brown
PURCHASE

Joseph Payne Brennan Papers, the archive of an important poet, author of fantasy and mystery fiction, and friend of H. P. Lovecraft
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Palaemon Press Archive, the publishing archive of the press that has published, in broadside form, poets including Robert Penn Warren, Ezra Pound, Maxine Kumin, James Dickey, John Ashberry and May Swenson, among many others
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1995-96
Chester H. Kirk Collection of Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous,
a nationally important collection on temperance, alcoholism, and the pioneering work of Alcoholics Anonymous
GIFT OF CHESTER H. KIRK

Library of "The Fells," John Hay's summer house in New Hampshire, consisting of books owned by Hay and his family that complement the John Hay Personal Library which has been at Brown for many years.
GIFT OF JOHN HAY

Archive of the Third and Elm Press, one of Rhode Island's leading private presses, complementing the Library's holdings in the Book Arts and an earlier gift from Alexander Nesbitt of type specimen books
GIFT OF ILSE BUCHERT NESBITT

Manley Wade Wellman Papers, archive of H. P. Lovecraft's associate, screenwriter and author of science fiction and fantasy stories along with historical monographs and historical novels
PURCHASE

1996-97
Archive of St. Martin's Press,
the historical archive of one of the nation's most important trade publishing houses, to be augmented by additions of current and future company records and publications
GIFT OF ST. MARTIN S PRESS

Archive of Conjunctions, a leading contemporary literary journal and frequent publisher of Brown faculty authors
PURCHASE

Archive of Unicorn Press, the final installment of a multi-year purchase of the archive of an important literary journal that recently ceased publication after more than two decades' activity. The Unicorn Archive joins several similar publications purchased after 1987 including those of the December Press, the Vagabond Press and the New York Quarterly
PURCHASE

Minassian Collection, a major collection of Islamic manuscripts dating from the eighth through the eighteenth centuries and representing much of the Islamic world geographically
BEQUEST OF ADRIENNE MINASSIAN

Ciaraldi Collection, a collection of 60,000 comic books and illustrated fiction dating primarily from the 1960's to the present and complementing other similar library collections as well as the fantasy literature holdings and the Miller Collection of wit and Humor
GIFT OF MICHAEL CIARALDI

Papers of Vartan Gregorian, sixteenth President of Brown University
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