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God (1737); J. Wesley, Thoughts upon Slavery (1774); Leland, Rights
of Conscience (1791); Philadelphia Baptist Association, Minutes
(1772-1855); histories of Virginia by Smith, Beverly, Stith, and Burk;
Raleigh's History of the World (1614); Purchas, His Pilgrims (1625);
DeBry's edition of Hariott's Virginia; McCall's History of Georgia
(1811-1816); Hewatt's South Carolina (1779); Coxe's Carolana
(1741); Clinton, Clinton-Cornwallis Controversy (3 vols., 1783);
Paine's Common Sense (1776); Burke's Conciliation (1775); Simms,
The Yemassee (1835); Laws of Confederate States of America (all
published); Arents, Tobacco (3 vols.). In 1943 this benefaction was
discontinued. Hundreds of valuable volumes come every year from
the publications of the Federal Government of which the Library is a
regular depository, and from the North Carolina State Government, of
all the publications of which the Library receives two copies.
As to the character of the books received there has been much
improvement in recent years. About 1920 as a result of
recommendations of Dr. C. C. Pearson, chairman of the Library
Committee, a budget system was begun for the purchase of books
under which every department in the College, on the basis of
enrollment of students, was allotted a certain amount and asked to
make recommendations for books. A few professors were slow to
respond but in general all have cooperated and all volumes purchased
under this plan have been recommended by competent advisers. The
students of every department in the College may now find in the
Library hundreds of books of both a popular and technical nature on
topics of special departmental interest. Under this plan, some
departments have been able to get more books than were read, for in
some subjects undergraduates have little interest and use sparingly
well selected books. On the other hand for the departments of social
science and English the annual allotments have been regularly
insufficient, and since the inauguration of the allotment plan the
Trustees have granted requests for special appropriations for books,
for the former, one hundred dollars, and fifteen hundred dollars for
the latter.
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