158 History of Wake Forest College
During the recent years numerous additions have been made to the
volumes of Southern magazines of the ante-bellum period, such as the
Southern Literary Messenger, DeBow's Review, and Russell's, of
which some of the files are now complete. There have been numerous
additions also of books that specially concern neighboring states,
especially Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Good use has been made of the small appropriations for binding;
books have been rebound as needed, but the greater part has been
used to bind current volumes of periodicals and collections of minutes
of associations and other organizations and other valuable documents
which originally appeared unbound.
The present Librarian, Mrs. E. T. Crittenden, has done invaluable
service in building up the special collections she found in the Library
as she asumed her duties as Librarian and in securing others. By her
untiring interest and industry she has had a chief part in the
development of the Baptist collection to be the best in the South and
in greatly improving the collection of North Carolina books. It was
owing to her unaided efforts that the Carnegie Corporation donated to
the Library the "Reference and Teaching Set of Fine Arts Material,"
valued at not less than $15,000, to which the Corporation adds
volumes on Fine Arts from year to year. She also organized the
Friends of the Library, the members of which are making gifts of
books or money for the purchase of books.
A more detailed account of collections and the contributors to them
whether by money or books and pamphlets is given below.
The Library has come into possession of several valuable col-
lections of books, partly by purchase, but chiefly by gift.
The first of these was the "J. C. Maske Collection of Ancient
Classics," which was donated by W. A. Williams, the administrator of
his estate, soon after his death, September 17, 1894. It consisted of
seventy-five volumes which Professor Maske had collected for his
study of Greek and Latin in Johns Hopkins University. Among them
were many Teubner texts and German editions of Greek authors, all
in substantial German bindings, and such works as Koch's
Comicorvma Atticorum Fragamenta
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