Rare Books and Special Collections
There are approximately 26,204 titles in the rare book collection. This includes all items stored in the vault, the original copies of all TCU theses and dissertations, the Erisman–Odom collection, and the James C. Wright library.
There are approximately 141 maps, 227 audio–visual items and 145 serial items.
A few very significant titles
- Abraham Ortelius, Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, 1573
- Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi, 1473
- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849-1850, a novel in parts
- William Shakespeare, The Pavier Quartos, 1619, the so-called False Folio, the first attempt to collect Shakespeare's work in a single volume
George T. Abell Map Collection
The George T. Abell Map Collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, holding works of many early influential cartographers including Abraham Ortelius, Willem Blaeu, and Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville.
William Luther Lewis Collection
Over three hundred of the principal authors of English and American literature are represented in the Lewis Collection. Composed of approximately fifteen hundred titles, it contains nearly nine hundred first editions as well as important manuscripts and autograph letters.