Book Collections in the Archives & Special Collections Department

The Archives & Special Collections Department administers several book collections. Specific titles may be found in Frazar Memorial Library’s

The Southwest Louisiana Collection
This collection consists of published materials relating to Southwest Louisiana. Materials in this collection include frequently used history books, yearbooks, directories, etc.

The Della Goos Bel Krause Collection
This collection, donated by William Blake, features important Louisiana History works and signed first editions of books by Lyle Saxon and Harnett T. Kane.

The Friends of the Library Collection
Over several years, the McNeese Friends of the Library group purchased early editions of books by American writers to form this considerable collection. The collection includes works by George Washington Cable, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O’Neill, William Saroyan, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, and Tennessee Williams.

The Dr. R. Gordon Holcombe Jr. Collection
Dr. R. Gordon Holcombe Jr., a Lake Charles physician, donated this collection which deals primarily with American literature. Dr. Holcombe was a driving force in revitalizing the McNeese Friends of the Library group in 1981.

The Samuel J. Marino Collection
Samuel J. Marino, a former head librarian at McNeese, donated this Collection which is particularly strong in books on music history, children’s literature, and the publishing and printing industry.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Collection
The Robert E. Lee Chapter 305 (Lake Charles) of the United Daughters of the Confederacy donated these rare books on the Confederate States of America, the American South, and Louisiana.

Rare Books Collection
The Rare Books Collection consists of "special" books collected from a variety of sources.  Special Collections deems a book "rare" for several reasons, including physical condition, value, and local availability.

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