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interested in books on these subjects and began to make his collection
early in life and continued it with little intermission as long as he
lived. His library consisted of several thousand volumes, law books,
English, American, and laws of North Carolina of both the colonial
and state periods; legislative documents; reports of North Carolina
governmental officers in all departments; early histories, especially
those of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and thousands
of historical tracts and pamphlets; first editions and many rare North
Carolina imprints; minutes of associations, conventions and
conferences of many denominations; periodicals, especially those
classed as religious; books on education and the educational
institutions of North Carolina. In the collection were also many
valuable manuscripts, some of them unpublished volumes.
After his death this great collection came into the possession of
Wake Forest College, in accord with his often expressed desire. Part
of it, and a very valuable part came by gift, among which were 2,435
separate copies and three bound volumes of the Biblical Recorder, in
the spring of 1932, which filled in many gaps in the Library
file.21
The remainder of his Library, with the reservation of a few volumes,
Mrs. Pittman, in the summer of 1936, sold to the Library at a price so
reasonable that it must be considered partly a gift. It has been
catalogued; though it has added much to the Baptist collection, it has
added much more to the collection of North Carolina books, making
that of the Library rank among the three of four best in the State.
Since the Librarian, Mrs. Crittenden, in 1936 organized, mostly
among the alumni of the College, what is known as the "Friends of
the Library," its members, which are considerable for number, have
made contributions of both books and money for the purchase of
books. Among the contributions is one by Dr. J. Q. Adams, a King
James English Bible of the earliest date, 1611, a fine quarto
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Dr. Pittman had purposed to get a complete file of the paper, but failing in that,
shortly before his death, indicated his desire that what he had collected should go to
the Library. Shortly after his death Mrs. Pittman delivered them.
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