The Sara and John Lindsey Millionth Volume Project
When academic librarires reach the millionth volume mark, they traditionally commemorate the occasion with the acquisition of a special volume. In 1976, the Texas A&M University Libraries celebrated its first millionth volume; in 2008 we reached four million volumes. While the four millionth volume marks the growth of our collections and servies through the acquisition of a treasured classic, it also offers an occasion to honor the donors who have made these landmark volumes possible. Sterling C. Evans (1921) co-founded the Friends of the Library, served as its first president, and contributed to the one millionth volume—the two and two-and-a-half millionth volumes were acquired in his honor. Sara and John Lindsey (1944) have been intrepid collection builders for Texas A&M, like their esteemed frined Sterling C. Evans. Not only did the Lindseys contribute to the one and two millionth volumes, but they are the sole contributors to the two-and-a-half millionth, the three millionth, and the four millionth volumes.
Sample highlights of the collection:
Sir Hans Sloane. A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers and Jamaica. London: Printed by B. M. for the author, 1707-25. Two volumes.
Geoffrey Chaucer. The works of Geoffrey Chaucer: now newly imprinted. Hammersmith: Kelmscott, 1896.
Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, 1855.
Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote de la Mancha, parts I and II. Barcelona, 1617.
[image collections: Kelmscott image; Leaves of Grass frontis]
[Link to online exhibit page / pdf of catalog]