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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.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Purchase, Transferred from the Historical Collection, or Gift
This collection is being processed.
Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
This collection is not restricted.
Rare Book Room Artifacts, University of North Texas Special Collections.
A collection of artifacts that were donated with rare publications or manuscript material. The artifacts are made of a variety of material: metal, ceramic, cloth, or wood. The processing of these items is an ongoing project.
World War II German Luftwaffe Fallschirmjaeger (Paratrooper) helmet. The exterior is a dark green with a decal of an eagle carrying the Nazi swastika on the side of the helmet. The exterior paint is cracking and is chipped in places. There are two labels inside: "Kopfweite Gr., Stahlhaube Nr. 57, 71" and " Karl Heisler, Berlin C2, D.R.G.M.o." In pencil on the interior metal is written "David Trantham is Bill's son."
A exhibit label for the helmet.
Black leather gun holster for a handgun. It has a leather strap in front with a belt buckle to secure it. There are two black leather belt loops in back to secure the holster to a belt. A woven, tan military belt with a dark green buckle that is decorated with an eagle in the center of an oval that stands on a swastika. The holster also comes with a thin leather sholder strap, also in black leather.
A thin, black leather shoulder strap.