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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

The Salisbury University Special Collections exist to support University faculty and student research. The collections include the Les Callette Civil War Collection, the Maryland Collection, Rare Books, General Special Collections, and the Film Press Kits, Press Books, and Lobby Cards collections. All collections are located on the first floor of Blackwell Library in the Special Collections Room and are open to visiting faculty and students from other universities and colleges and to members of the general public.

Many books, furniture, artifacts and other items have been added to the collections through generous donations by Mrs. Corinne Les Callette, Dr. John F. Farquhar, Mrs. Eleanor Mulligan, and Dr. James Welsh.

Food and beverages are prohibited in the Special Collections.

THE LES CALLETTE CIVIL WAR COLLECTION

The 2,000+ volume Civil War Collection was originally conceived by SU Library Director James Thrash (retired) and began with donations in memory of Dr. Millard Les Callette, SU History Professor (1959-1977). The Collection covers Civil War battles, campaigns, personalities, maps and many other aspects of the war. The Les Callette family, Dr. John F. Farquhar, and other donors continue to add items to the Collection. Books in this collection may be checked out, unless they are reference items or periodicals.

MARYLAND COLLECTION

The Maryland Collection consists of special books with an emphasis on Delmarva history as well as works of literature by Delmarva authors. Books in this collection do not circulate.  

RARE BOOKS COLLECTION

Through gifts and donations over the years, the Rare Books Collection includes valuable items covering fiction and non-fiction subject areas. Books in this collection do not circulate.

Millard Grant LesCallette
SALISBURY HISTORY PROFESSOR 1959-1977

Dr. Millard Grant LesCallette, a native of the Eastern Shore, was born in Crisfield, MD, on January 5, 1922. He graduated
summa cum laude from Western Maryland College as a history major in 1952. He received his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1954, his thesis titled “Study of Recruitment in the Union Army in the State of Maryland 1861-1865.” He received his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Maryland College Park, his thesis titled “Lyman Trumbull and the Democratic Tradition.”

FILM PRESS KITS, PRESS BOOKS, AND LOBBY CARDS COLLECTION

These materials are donated by Dr. James Welsh, SU English Professor (1972-2003) and a founding editor of Literature/Film Quarterly, an SU publication. The Collection contains 1,000+ film kits and related items. Materials in this collection may be checked out, four at a time, for a two-hour loan period within the library.