Database Trial: Safari Books Online

This trial ends April 21. Safari Books Online’s on-demand digital library provides access to over 40,000 technology books and videos from leading publishers. Please evaluate it and let us know your thoughts.

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Rare Books and Special Collections

There are approximately 26,204 titles in the rare book collection within TCU’s Special Collections. This includes all items stored in the vault, the original copies of all TCU theses and dissertations stored offsite in the Annex, the Erisman–Odom collection stored in on–site storage in the basement, and the James C. Wright library also stored in the basement.

There are approximately 141 maps, 227 audio–visual items and 145 serial items.

Named collections:

A few very significant titles:

  • Abraham Ortelius, Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, 1573
  • Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi, 1473
  • Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849-1850, a novel in parts
  • William Shakespeare, The Pavier Quartos, 1619, the so-called False Folio, the first attempt to collect Shakespeare’s work in a single volume
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Research Guide: Core Documents of our Democracy

The purpose of the Federal Depository Library Program is to provide free public access to the documents that have helped to shape our democracy. Our newest LibGuide, Core Documents of Our Democracy, is a one-stop shop for the essential documents that provide vital sources of information that support the public’s right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government. It also provides basic information on ways to navigate our collection, as well as suggestions on how to do historical document research. If interested, please follow this link  and if you have any questions feel free to visit our Research Help Desk for assistance.

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Database Trial: RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals

This trial ends on April 13th.  The RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals consists of original volumes, reprints, microforms and photocopies of music periodicals. Please evaluate it and let us know your thoughts.

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Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from the William Luther Lewis Collection

This online exhibit features autograph letters and manuscripts from the William Luther Lewis Collection, representing over three hundred principal authors of English and American literature. The collection is composed of approximately fifteen hundred titles, nearly nine hundred of which are first editions. Almost all of the volumes are in uniquely fine condition. Assembled in the 1930s and 1940s by William Luther Lewis, the materials range in date from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. By and large, however, the collection consists of works written by the outstanding figures of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. It is housed in the library’s Special Collections area on the second floor.

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