Many of the Special Collections book holdings come from donations of
friends of the University and the Library. Donations of collections
that may have significant scholarly or historic value to the Library and
University are welcome. Acceptance of these donations will also depend
on the condition of the material, the presence of related collections
at DePaul, and their potential for use in the classroom. We welcome
direct donations of money to support specific subject strengths in
Some recent or permanent monetary gifts include:
- The William T. and Irene Beck Collection. This ongoing donation
of rare books from alums Bill and Irene Beck develop the book
collections in the area of Chicago social justice movements.
- The Berland Fund. Established by DePaul alumnus and Trustee Abel
Berland, this fund supports general acquisition and preservation of
- The Verrona Williams Derr Fund. Established by former faculty
member Gilbert Sims Derr, this fund supports the acquisition of rare
books in the field of African American studies.
- The James Miller Fund. Established by alumnus James Miller, this fund supports general acquisition of rare books.
- The Meehan Family donation. Alums Thomas and Elizabeth Ann
Meehan donate annually to support the acquisition of rare books on Irish
literature and history.
- The Richard Houk Fund. Established by Alex Papadapoulos,
Geography Department, this fund supports the acquisition of maps and
books on cartography.
- The Goodin Fund. This fund was a one time donation in honor of
Virginia Goult, long time library employee, and Library Director from
1967 through 1974.
For information on book dealers and appraisers, review the Midwest Bookhunters information. Staff in this department are not qualified to provide appraisals of books or art objects.
Archives collections are built through the ongoing deposit of
University records in DePaul University Archives, and through the
donation of records of individuals and organizations with a demonstrated
link to DePaul programs. Collections sought and acquired reflect the
curricular goals, faculty interests, and community involvement of the
University. Such collections are most frequently acquired through a
faculty member or administrator with a direct connection to the
individual or organization. External collections develop the holdings of
Archives along specific guidelines and create subject strengths that
can be used in classes as well as for external research. These archives
and manuscript collections are transferred to DePaul as donations, with
the ongoing commitment of staff here to process, house, and provide
access to the resources.
Inquiries about donations of any type should be made to:
Head of Special Collections and Archives
Lincoln Park in JTR 314