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Vol. XIII, no. 1

   TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition

           April 2001

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President's Message
by Eugenia Trinkle

History has been the major focus this year for the Friends of the TCU Library, and it has proved to be a contemporary success.

Lectures by two TCU emeritus historians - Ben Procter and Paul Boller - drew crowds. Friends had their first chance to hear best-selling Texas author Stephen Harrigan when we united with TCU Press in presenting the annual Autograph Extravaganza. Harrigan was the speaker and also joined area authors in autographing their books.

The Friends' annual gift allowed the library's Special Collections to acquire two valuable forms of paper proofs of T.S. Eliot's poem "Ash Wednesday," published in 1930, as well as its rare dummy binding.

Happily, even more Friends and guests will have the opportunity to hear Stephen Harrigan at the annual banquet April 10 at Kelly Alumni Center. Friends will co-sponsor with TCU Press the first Texas Book Award Banquet at 6:30 p.m., when Harrigan will be presented with the first award and $5,000 prize for The Gates of the Alamo, a novel based on events leading up to and including the battle of the Alamo. He will also be the speaker.

The banquet is open to the public, and we sincerely hope all Friends members will help us pass the word about it. This is a great opportunity for non-members to experience Friends activities and join our group. As our membership grows, we will be able to provide more special gifts to the TCU Library as well as to continue (and perhaps increase) activities of the Friends.

Hoping to see you April 10,
Eugenia Trinkle President

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