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Vol. XI, no. 1

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition

April 1999
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Message from the University Librarian
by Bob Seal

     The Library had the honor of hosting a very special guest in March, Ambassador Arlette Conzemius Paccoud of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. New to her post in Washington last October, Mrs. Conzemius presented us with several books to add to the Pate-Newcomer Luxembourg collection. While in Fort Worth, the Ambassador spoke to a class of international management students in the business school, met with Chancellor Ferrari, and spoke to the Friends at the Kelly Alumni Center. The main purpose of her visit was to see and learn more about the Luxembourg Collection. She left with a very positive impression of Fort Worth, TCU, and the Mary Couts Burnett Library. We hope to stay in contact with her and the Luxembourg Embassy to further develop the collection and to explore possible educational and cultural opportunities.

    Likely the finest and largest collection of its kind in the United States, the Pate-Newcomer Luxembourg Collection has more than 1,300 items covering the history, culture, government, language, and literature of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. While primarily consisting of books, the collection includes materials of all kinds: maps, periodicals, pamphlets, government documents, art, photographs, and sound recordings. Most of the material is in Lėtzebuergesch, French, or German with a few items in English. The Luxembourg Collection is the result of the cooperative efforts of the late Mr. A. M. Pate; his brother, Sebert Pate; Dr. James Newcomer, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Christian University; and the Library. We are delighted to have this very fine collection in the Mary Couts Burnett Library which is also, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Newcomer, a depository for European Union documents, many of which come out of or are related to Luxembourg in some way.

    If you would like to see the Luxembourg materials, please visit our Special Collections Department which also has a number of other very significant collections. These include the Speaker Jim Wright Archives, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Archives, an outstanding collection of first editions of English and American literature, the William Luther Lewis Collection, and the TCU Archives and Historical Collection. A number of other smaller, but equally important collections, also grace our shelves: the Mayfield Collection of books and pamphlets on Western outlaws and gunmen, the George T. Abell Collection of antique maps, an important collection of the works of Anthony Trollope, and a fine collection of books on Abraham Lincoln, the American presidency, vice presidency, and first ladies. We are very fortunate to be the caretakers of these very valuable and useful collections which include a number of very fine items purchased for us by the Friends of the TCU Library.

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