To provide the best care for our collections, we ask that everyone be accompanied by the Curator in the Special Books room, so please reach out to the Curator to learn more!
If you would like to learn more about our collections, please reach out to the Curator. From there you can schedule appointments to visit the collection, get questions answered, and learn more about the collections here at Ashland University.
The contents and focus of the Special Books collection has been largely shaped by donors. Over the years a few noted individuals have donated large collections of books (and occasionally related items) to Ashland University.
This collection includes over 6,000 books as well as serials, maps, almanacs, and book related objects. Topics range from American Literature, History, and British Literature, to books about books/book making, French Literature, and Children's literature.
The Room is divided into different areas that were created by the original Curator in the 1970s. They are as follows:
Books about Books
Customs and Costumes
When Dr. May Pyle Andrews, Ashland College English professor, moved in 1967 a large portion of her and her late husband, Reverand H. E. Andrews', book collection came to Ashland College - about 14,000 books. The collection also contained papers and special documents.
An Ashland College alum, Harold McCuen gifted multiple donations to the collection in 1988-1989. His contributions include children's books, special magazines, almanacs, books about literature and books and over 400 miniature books.
On behalf of her late husband, Orrin B. Werntz, Mrs. Werntz donated books, maps, letters to the AU Special Books collection. This collection's strengths lie in American history and travel books.
An Ashland University Librarian and professor for 37 years, Lulu Wood's donation is comprised mainly of children's books and British Literature.