Founded in 1936 under the leadership of Librarian Eliza J. Martin, generous gifts from the Friends of the Library have funded major purchases for over 65 years. In Special Collections, these donations range from an 18th-century geometrical imprint on mathematical instruments, and an 1867 architectural treatise on construction of bridges, to the poetry of Walt Whitman, based on his experiences as a hospital volunteer during the American Civil War.
Charles H. Watts II, President of Bucknell University, form 1964 - 1976, and member of the Board of Trustees from 1977 through 1991, was awarded the Stephen W. Taylor Medal in 1976. He received the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the university in 1979.
The Coal-Regions of America: Their Topography, Geology, and Development . . . . James Macfarlane. D. Appleton, 1873.
The Diary of a Young Girl: Translated from the Dutch by M. Mooyaart-Doubleday; with an Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Anne Frank. Modern Library, [c1952].
Edward's Cork Remembrancer; or, Tablet of Memory: Enumerating Every Remarkable Circumstance that has Happened in the City and County of Cork . . . from the Earliest Period, to the Year 1792. Anthony Edwards. A. Edwards, 1792.
Italian Villas and Their Gardens; Illustrated with Pictures by Maxfield Parrish and by Photographs. Edith Wharton. Century Co., 1904.
Markings; Translated from the Swediah by Leif Sjöberg and W. H. Auden. Dag Hammarskjöld. Knopf, 1966.
Memory of Snow; Translated from the Hungarian by Nicholas Kolumban [Portrait by Michael McCurdy]. Sándor Csoóri. Penmaen Press, c1983.
Poems by Christina Rossetti; with Illustrations by Florence Harrison . . . . Christina Georgina Rossetti. Blackie and Son Limited, 1910.
The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French; Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch. Hoder & Stoughton, [1910?].
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