Friday, January 10, 2014

Skillman Library Special Collections

On an snowy Friday morning, the special collections staff of Diane and Pam did an impressive job of highlighting the amazing collection they have safely tucked away on the second floor of Lafayette's Skillman
Snow
Library.  The selected works on display included three large tables worth of books, paintings, sketches, fly's and other collectables.  There were even some bar coasters that had fishing themed motifs stamped on them.  All but the rarest of books were available for browsing, and the staff was happy to show the "hands off" one's to anyone interested.  The breadth of the collection was almost overwhelming; there was so much to look at.  From modern works, to those by Marinario and Fox, to a few early editions of the "The Compleate Angler" dating to the early 1600's, they had a bit of everything.  The angling collection consists of over 500 pieces, which are either part of one of the three "named" collections ( major donated collections), or pieces that have been collected by the Library.  Perhaps the most impressive part of the collection was the enthusiasm of the staff, and their desire to share these works.  They are very proud of the collection and want people to enjoy them.  The entire presentation was professional and first class, from the sign with directions in the lobby, to the warm welcome as people made their way in and  shook off the snow and cold.  The special collections dept. of the Skillman library has roughly 25,000 works in a variety of subjects, and they are constantly adding to those works.  For more information you can contact special collections directly: archives@lafayette.edu.  A special thanks to the TU members who helped organize this event.
Scottish fishing logs and flies tied by Koch, Harvey and Meck
 
Salmon flies and books