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The Rare Book Room was founded in 1981. Its initial collection consisted of books and other rare or unique items that were already in the collection of the UNT Libraries. The holdings of the Rare Book and Texana Collection grew to include 4,000 year old tablets as well as artist's books produced in the last year. The collection includes maps, scrolls, original artworks, artifacts, games, printing equipment, photographs, postcards, currency, and palm-leaf books. Rare Book Collections concentrates on works in 18th century, travel and exploration, fashion and costume history, literature, women's studies, Texana, and county histories.
In 2007, the University Archives and the Rare Books Department were combined into one administrative unit that is now known as Special Collections. In 2012, the departments were merged into one space when the 4th floor of Willis Library was renovated. They now share the public service point of the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room.
The heads of the Rare Book Room were: Dr. Kenneth Lavender and Mary Durio. Today, Morgan Gieringer is head of the Special Collections.
Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
This collection is not restricted.
Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. The UNT Archives and Rare Book department request a 24 hour notice from patrons in order to page materials from vault and ready the materials for use. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.
The photographs are arranged by people, events, and exhibits. The promotional material and records are aranged by type of material.
Photographs and publications document the activities and exhibits of the Rare Book Room from 1976 to the early 1990s.
This box contains prints of the collection and staff of the Rare Book Room as well as images of the Library's staff and building.
Lou Ann Bradley with Melody Kelly standing beside her.
One of the staff members is identified as Nannette Griffin.
Margaret Galloway can be seen behind the shoulder of Louise Evans (on the left side of the picture) in the image where she is dressed in pink.
This image is of a member of the Acquisitions staff in the UNT Libraries.
David Lindsey is seen in the background on the right side.
An image of the Information Desk on the first floor of Willis Library. The information sheet that came with the print says the man at the desk is Lyle Howard.
Melody Kelly speaks before a group.
Gary Masters is the second from the right in the photograph.
Dr. Kenneth Lavender was the Head of the Rare Books and Texana Collection 1981 - 2001.
Dr. Kenneth Lavender and his assistant Martin Sarvis stand by a display of Rare Book Room materials.
Billie Mohair is holding papers in this image.
Ms. Phillips is on the left and Ms. Mohair is on the right in this photograph.
Graduate Student Ms. Roberts is seen at work in the Rare Book Room.
The following individuals are in this image: Row 1: Gerry Smith, Jonelle Condron, Susan _______; Row 2: Jim Cassara, Bill Floyd, Puran Stevens, Cathy Sassen, Betty Pope; Row 3: Johnnye Cope; Anna Davis; Merwin Taylor.
Anne Minton is behind a woman only identified as Dorothy.
An image of the first office of the University Archives.
A reception for Library employees held in the staff lounge in Willis Library.
Images of the Rare Book Room. One print shows Lisa Roberts in the back of the room.
Images of the reading room of the Rare Book Room and of some of the books in their collection.
Images documenting some of the Rare Book Room's exhibits and some of their materials. There is also a print of Dr. Lavender.
Images of the preparations for a reception in the Rare Book Room.
Images of Rare Book Room materials on display in the Rare Books' reading room and on the first floor of Willis Library.
Color prints that show the Rare Book Room and an exhibit.
Images of the Rare Book Room and close ups of an exhibit.
Images of exhibits that were held on the first floor of Willis Library and in the reading room of Rare Books.
Images of Rare Book Room materials on exhibit in Willis Library and at the Historical Collection.
Displays of Rare Book Room materials on the first floor of Willis Library and in the Rare Books reading room.
Dr. Lavender, far right, sits at a table with one woman and four other men.
Sonnie Bourdeaux at her desk and images of the first floor of Willis Library make up the contents of this folder.
A woman sits at a desk.
Images of the Technical Services area on the first floor of Willis Library.
A photograph of the bibliographic control area of Technical Services.
Images of both work and public areas of Willis Library.
Images of the public areas of Willis Library.
Images of materials in the Rare Book Room collection.
Color negatives of exhibits of Rare Book Room materials in Willis Library as well as images of the interior of a house.
Images of the staff of the library at their desks.
Color negatives of the buildings and museum exhibits.
Color negatives of the Rare Book Room and Lisa Roberts.
Color negatives of Rare Book Room materials on display.
Color negatives of exhibits of Rare Book Room Materials on the first floor of Willis Library.
Color negatives of exhibits in the Rare Book Room.
Color Negatives of preparations for a Rare Book Room reception and images of a holiday party in a private home.
Color negatives of a reception held in the library staff break room.
Color negatives of a reception.
Color negatives of the offices and public areas in Willis Library at the University of North Texas.
"Books and Friends," volume 1, number 2
Lonn Taylor was the guest speaker.
This poster promoted the third biennial artist book competition.
The program featured the Collegium Musicum with Dr. Lyle Norstrom, director.
Stephen Harrison was the featured speaker.
The exhibit featured the prints of Kent Kessinger.
This item is a postcard advertisement for the event.
This is a postcard used to advertise the event.
This item is a poster.
The poster provides information on the Friends organization and the benefits of joining.
A set of photographs and text for the exhibit and catalog.
Dr. Eugene Hargrove, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, discussed Tolkein' writing.
A letter from the author of the article, Alyson Ward, accompanies the clipping.
An article that discusses the contributions and accomplishements of Stanley Marcus.
The Hurleys are photographed as they were honored as lifetime members of the Friends of the Libraries.
This article covers the memorial service for Stanley Marcus.
An article detailing the life and accomplishments of Stanley Marcus.
The article covers the Edible Book Festival.
This article was published in the North Texan.
Lonn Taylor spoke to the University of Nort Texas organization Friends of the Libraries.
This article was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The add is on a pop up card.
Cabinet Magazine Online #25 published this article by Joshua Foer.
"Books at Iowa" from the University fo Iowa Libraries, Number 41; Antiques and Collection Magazine (2009-09).
The book contains the signatures and comments of individuals who attended exhibition openings in the Rare Book Room.
"The Porter-Evans Texana Collection Fund, Established by Louise Evans in Loving MEMory of Hinton Porter and G. L. "Jake" Evans; Dedicated to the Enrichment and preservation of the Texana Collection, University of North Texas."
"The Pat Warde Memorial Collection of Southern Letters, An Ongoing ribute to the Memory of Patricia Nell Warde, 1937-1992. This Plaque Presented by The Executive Baord of the Friends of the Univeristy of North Texas Libraries."