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of Duke University gave Wake Forest a collection of two thousand
books and periodicals, largely in the fields of sociology and anthro-
pology. In April of that year Dr. Edwin John Stringham, a musi-
cologist, composer, writer, and teacher living in Chapel Hill, gave the
college his collection of four thousand books. While most of these
pertained to music, there were many volumes related to literature,
painting, sculpture, and architecture.
In 1958 Charles H. Babcock presented seventy-six editions of early
and modern classics, including a 1563 edition of Sir Thomas Elyot's
The Governour and a 1758 edition of Poor Richard Improved. Four
years later Mr. Babcock gave the library a first edition of Edmund
Spenser's Faerie Queene, dating from the late sixteenth century.
Babcock had been a generous benefactor of Wake Forest in many
ways, and his interest in the library contained the promise of other
gifts from his valuable personal collection.
In 1964 the library got microfilm of every extant North Carolina
newspaper published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The
purchase was made possible by a grant of $2,500 from the Winston-
Salem Foundation, which had stipulated that the microfilm be
available to the general public.
By the end of the Tribble administration, the combined libraries had
more than forty staff members, and some had distinguished
themselves by long association with the services. These included
Minnie Kallam, reference librarian, who joined the staff in 1948;
Margaret V. Shoemaker, assistant catalog librarian, recruited in 1951;
James M. Nicholson, assistant catalog librarian, employed in 1961;
Anne M. Nicholson, catalog librarian, who came to Wake Forest in
1963; Minnie M. Huggins, documents librarian, whose service started
in 1959; Carolyn Allen, with the periodicals department since 1957;
Lucille Lord, since 1962 in various library positions; and Frances
Eysenbach, in the acquisitions department since 1961.
Throughout this period the Baptist Collection also grew in im-
portance. After Mrs. Crittenden's retirement the collection was
without formal supervision until the Baptist State Convention adopted
a recommendation of its Historical Commission that the convention
"declare the Wake Forest College Library as the official depository
for North Carolina Baptist historical materials, such materials to
become the property of the library and be added to the Baptist
Collection when they are received." The messengers also
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