Monday, August 25, 2008

Garnett Mystery Collection Comes to the University Libraries

Students, faculty, and others interested in diverse disciplines such as women’s history, women’s studies, literature, and sociology will be interested in learning about a new resource at the University Libraries — a collection of almost 3,000 women authored mystery novels.

The Garnett Mystery Collection was donated to the Women’s Studies Program in 1999 where it has been housed in the Women’s Studies Resource Center in the Burkhardt Building. Julee L. Rosser, Interim Director of the Women’s Studies Program, recently contacted John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, about having the volumes transferred to the University Libraries where they could be made available for circulation.

Rosser said, “The Garnett Mystery Collection offers unique research value. The members of the Women’s Studies Program are thrilled to share this resource with the community. We are thankful to the people at Bracken Library for all their work in transporting, cataloging, and everything else they are doing to make the collection available. We are also very grateful to the donor.”

The donor selected the Ball State Women’s Studies Program over many others because they agreed to keep the collection together and make it available to the community. “We share her vision of helping people become more aware of the vast number of female authors who are writing mysteries,” Rosser said. “Now mystery lovers will be able to enjoy this large collection of women writers.”

The collection currently contains almost 2,000 paperbacks and 1,000 hardcover books. Teresa L. Story, Collections Development Assistant, and student assistant Karena D. Nedza boxed and moved the books to Bracken Library. Collection Resources Management personnel are now processing and cataloging this large collection to make it available for circulation.

Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, said, “When cataloging is complete, the volumes will be shelved together in an area on first floor of Bracken Library where students and others can browse it. This is a great addition for our students and faculty.” For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

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