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The Friends of the University of North Texas Libraries was founded in 1981. The members have contributed funds for the purchase of books, manuscripts, maps, and other materials that the UNT Libraries would not otherwise have been able to afford. These purchases helped with the development of the Rare Book and Texana Collections (now part of Special Collections). The Friends have also contributed to events in the Denton community, such as the Denton Sesquicentennial program. They have also supported the Libraries through subscriptions to journals, support for preservtion work, funded exhibitions, and helped to fund the Artist's Book Purchase Award and the Student Assistant of Distinction Award.
2016-029, 2016-041, 2013-14
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This collection is not restricted.
Friends of the Libraries Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
UNT Photograph Collection, Center for Texas Studies 1986-1996
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This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
This collection is arranged into three series; Executive Board Materials, Friends of the Libraries Events and Activities, and "Books and Friends;" the organization's newsletter publication.
This collection includes meeting records that illuminate the inner workings of the Friends of the Libraries Executive Board as well as documentation on a multitude of special events and activities that the organization hosted and associated themselves with.
The Executive Board Materials contain archives of meetings by date including; minutes, member contact lists, meeting agendas, financial and curator reports as well as copies of the Board’s constitutions and correspondence. Additionally, several iterations of the brochures given to prospective members and information regarding the Rare Books department and Music Library are included within this series.
The bulk of the material contained in the Events and Activities series focuses on the annual Spring Banquets hosted as fundraising opportunities for the Friends of the Libraries. These folders contain financial invoices, guest speaker information, correspondence, and occasionally photographs of pertinent people. The remainder of the series is comprised of chapbook photos/information, various event invitations, articles, newspaper clippings, certificates, and poetry broadsheets featured at the 1986 Governor’s Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts.
The final series is solely focused on the newsletter published by the Friends of the Libraries titled “Books and Friends.” Available in this collection are volumes 1-24, numbers 1 and 2.
Featuring guest speaker: Mr. Stanley Marcus
Featuring guest speaker: Mr. Warren C. Norwood
Featuring guest speaker: Mr. David Lindsey on "Fact, Imagination, and Fictional Integrity: Or Never Trust a Man Who Makes His Living Telling Lies."
Featuring guest speaker: Carolyn Meyer on "Memoirs of a Children's Book Writer: Early Draft."
Featuring guest speaker: Bruce Cheeseman on "Richard King: Pioneering Capitalism on the Frontier."
Featuring guest speaker: Louis Jacobs on "Dinosaur Hunting in Texas."
Featuring guest speaker: E.R. Milner on "The Lives and Times of Bonnie and Clyde."
Featuring guest speaker: James Ward Lee on "Reading Can Ruin You."
Featuring guest speaker: Jack Maguire on "'Thank You Mr. President...' Reminiscences and Humorous Stories from Eight Presidents."
Featuring guest speaker: Stephen Harrison on "Old Friends and New: Decorative Arts at the DMA."
Featuring guest speaker: Frank D. Welch on "Philip Johnson and Texas."
Featuring guest speaker: Brent Phelps on "Sites of Discovery: Photographing the Lewis and Clark Trail."
Featuring performers: Joseph Klein with "Three Poems from Felt," Andrew May with "Wandering Through the Same Dream," and Jon Nelson with "They Wash Their Ambassadors in Citrus and Fennel" and " the rain has a slap and a curve."
Featuring: "A Cinderella Story: Fairy Tales in Arts and Letters" with Dr. Janelle Mathis, The Denton Community Theatre's RoadShow Story Theatre, and members of the Denton Community Theatre.
This is a multiple collection box that contains materials from the Society of Ethnobiology Records and Donald Grose Records.
The files document the activiies of the Friends of the Libraries and Kate Lynass's work on the committee. It shows her joining in 2011, when she served as the second vice-president. She would become the chair in 2013.
This is a set of greeting cards that show images of A. M. Willis Library.
The folder has documents that outline the work of the committee.
The reception was held in the Presidnt's house. Individuals identified in the prints in this folder are: Fred Pole, Margaret Galloway, Edward Mattil, and Bety Marzan.
The reception was held in the President's house. Individuals identified in this set of prints are: Edward Mattil, Betty Marzan, Joanna Hurley, Margaret Galloway, and Cora Martin.
The reception was held in the President's house. Individuals identified in this set of prints are: Betty Marzan, Edward Mattil, and Jack Davis.
Dr. Smith was an alumna of the University of North Texas.
The images show the artist's book, Apple, more formerly known Apple Tree with Strands of Spiderwebs by Jaroslav Seifert with binding by Jan Sobota.
The clipping concerns Evelyn Oppenheimer's presentation to the 11th annual spring banquet. The clipping was publsihed in the Denton Record Chronicle.
This handout describes the Texana collection in the Rare Book Room (now part of Special Collections).
This folder also has documents that give information on forming a library friends group.
There are multiple examples of newsletters from other libraries' "friends" programs in this file.
This is a newspaper of the Warren-Newport Public Library.