Special Collections staff recently completed a project to digitize the George T. Abell Map Collection and make them available in its online repository. This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States. The collection includes works by cartographers Abraham Ortelius, Willem Blaeu, Vincenzo Coronelli, Frederik de Wit, Gerhard Mercator, Herman Moll, Guillaume Delisle, and many others.
Special Collections recently completed a project to digitize the TCU Horned Frog yearbooks dating from 1905 through 1999 and make them available in its online repository. Special Collections and Library staff worked with Lyrasis Digitization Collaborative to scan the yearbooks. Each volume can be downloaded or viewed online by users.
The TCU Horned Frog yearbook was first published in 1895 and has been published annually since 1905 with a few exceptions. No yearbook was published in 1910, the year of the Waco fire. In 1974, the Horned Frog folded due to lack of student support and funding. Image magazine was created in the 1973-1974 school year as a magazine to replace the yearbook and continues as a magazine today. The yearbook came back briefly in 1978 and 1979. From 1983 through 1985 TCU published The Feature, a magazine-like volume that covered the major events and organizations of the university, but did not include individual pictures of students. The Horned Frog resumed regular publication in 1986.
Yearbooks published earlier than 1905 will be digitized in-house and added to the repository. A complete collection of TCU yearbooks from 1895 through 2015 can be viewed in our reading room.
The library has acquired a copy of Francisco de Florencia’s Zodiaco mariano en que el sol de justicia Christo con la salud en las alas vista como signos, y casas proprias para beneficio de los hombres los templos, y lugares dedicados à los cultos de su SS. Madre por medio de las mas celebres, y milagrosas imagenes de la misma Señora, que se veneran en esta America Septentrional, y reynos de la Nueva España (Mexico: En la Nueva Imprenta del Real, y Mas Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, 1755). The work by the noted Jesuit author and Mariologist is the first published survey of shrines in Mexico relating to Mary and her Apparitions.
A small selection of letters from the Love Family Letters collection is now on display in the Special Collections reading room. The letters from the Civil War era, document the war from both the battlefield and the home front. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the publication of the TCU Press book, Yours in Filial Regard: The Civil War Letters of a Texas Family, edited by Kassia Waggoner and Adam Nemmers, two TCU graduate students. The book transcribes and edits all 79 letters in the Love Family collection. The letters remain on display through 15 April 2016.