Book Collections in the Archives & Special Collections
The Archives & Special
Collections Department administers several book collections.
Specific titles may be found in Frazar Memorial
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.
Goos Bel Krause
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 ONeill, 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
particularly strong in books on music history, childrens 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
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