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Vol. X, no. 1

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition

March 1998
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Message from the University Librarian
by Bob Seal

     TCU is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, a major milestone for our institution. This fine university has a fascinating history and wonderful traditions which even relative newcomers like me have come to appreciate and embrace. There is another very important TCU-related anniversary this year that has almost gone unnoticed: this is the 75th anniversary of the very generous gift to Texas Christian University by Mary Couts Burnett in 1923 that resulted in the library which bears her name. The beautiful new building which opened in 1925 included a magnificent central reading room and an elegant reflecting pond in front. Photographs of the original library and its two additions, as well as other fascinating pictures and memorabilia, are currently on display in the Library lobby in a handsome exhibit put together by Special Collections staff. Please come by and learn a little about the history of the Mary Couts Burnett Library.

     Speaking of the Library, the Friends continue to provide wonderful support for us. Our bibliographic instruction program was given a great boost this year when the Friends purchased a new computer/video projector to be used in the teaching of how to use and access the Library’s print and electronic resources. Our support group also provided funds for the purchase of a finely printed edition of William Faulkner’s Miss Zilphia Gant published in 1932 by the Book Club of Texas. Among other things, the Friends also paid for the staff holiday luncheon and supported a newly-established staff recognition award. We really can’t thank you, our Friends, enough for all you do for us.

     I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize our newest Life Members, Jim and Colleen Stewart, for their strong support of the TCU Library. The Stewarts are our very first Life Members under the revised membership requirement of a one-time gift of $2,000. We sincerely thank them for this very generous and thoughtful contribution on our behalf. Colleen, as you may know, is our organization’s most recent Past President.

     In closing, if you are seeking a way in which to honor a friend or colleague, please consider a memorial gift to the Friends of the TCU Library. Such gifts are greatly appreciated by the Friends and the Library and are an excellent way to remember someone special.

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