John L. Raymond Special Collection
The approximately 1,650 books were donated by Mr. John L. Raymond over the course of his 25 year relationship with the University of St. Francis. This collection contains books of English and American literature, art, music, poetry, biology, ecology, religion and geography. Many items in the collection are first edition prints, limited or early copies, or autographed by the author.
Some of the items available in the JLR collection have been highlighted in JLR Subject Bibliographies. Bibliographies are available for literature, both American and British, book collecting, nature, poetry, religion, cooking and the arts.
Barbara A. Cooke Musical Theatre Collection
Located in the lower level of the Brown Library, the Barbara A. Cooke Musical Theatre Collection is a donation from Ms. Cooke, an alumna of USF who went on to have a successful career in musical theatre for over thirty years. While gracing the stages of Chicago and New York, Ms. Cooke collected sheet music, books and other materials related to musical theatre, amassing an incredible collection which will be a limitless resource to students and researchers alike. The Barbara A. Cooke Collection also has an online component featuring the sheet music of the print collection.
Archives General Collection
The Brown Library Archives has been the recipient of many gifts over the years; on display in the Archives Reading Room are rare books, autographed books, artwork and artifacts that the Archives has preserved as historical resources recounting the past of the University, the local community and significant world events.