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stuff you probably didn't know was in the library
By Nancy Bartosek
Behind a set of imposing glass doors on the second floor resides some
of the most interesting -- and unusual -- items in the library. Home to
about a dozen unique collections, Special Collections librarians are as
concerned with the items they keep in climate-controlled rooms as they
are with the information found in the many documents, books, photos and
random objects housed there.
of rarities found in the singular collections:
- An audio
tape of Ralph Votapek's winning performance in the first Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition in 1962. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Archives house the audio and video recordings of all the competitions
since 1962. Included are programs, photographs, posters and related materials.
Set of boxing gloves belonging to Jim Wright, representing his years as
a boxer and coach with the Golden Gloves in '30s and '40s. The Speaker
Jim Wright Collection documents the 34-year public career of the former
speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and congressman from the
12th District in Texas. Included are recordings, documents, photographs,
artifacts and gifts he received.
- A Shady
Oak-style hat that Amon G. Carter presented as gifts to visiting VIPs.
The Amon G. Carter Collection is a trove of documents, photographs, letters,
scrapbooks and memorabilia from the influential business and civic leader.
- A first
edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The William Luther Lewis
Collection houses more than 1,500 titles -- 900 of them first editions -- from
more than 300 British and America authors from the 17th through the 19th
- A 1550
map of North and South America. The George T. Abell Collection houses
a unique gathering of antique maps, including a complete atlas of the
world created in the early 16th century.
And the smaller
- The 141-
volume collection of Anthony Trollope's work
- the Pate/Newcomer
Collection, which houses more than 1,200 items covering the people, life
and culture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- the Pate
Collection of books on Lincoln, the American presidency and first ladies
- the Mayfield
Collection of books and pamphlets on Wild West outlaws and gunmen.
treasure: The music library, which houses a vast collection of books and
musical scores, including some complete collections of well-known composers.
The offerings are primarily classical, but there are jazz and Broadway
musicals in the mix. You can hear a real LP on a real turntable, or check
out one of the videos. The centerpiece is a brand new audio center with
sophisticated sound and video stations.