• 2010

    The Friends Executive Board opted to make no purchases, as a result of deciding to re-structure their purchasing program.

  • 2009

    The correspondence archives from the 1962 World Science Fiction Convention, as an addition to Rare Books and Special Collections, was purchased by the Friends. It includes extensive correspondence from the planning of the WorldCon where Robert Heinlein won his Hugo Award for Strangers in a Strange Land, with writers like Isaac Asimov (in which he is asked to make a silly speech about the Importance of Pinching Derrieres), Robert Heinlein (talking about his wife's health problems), Theodore Sturgeon, Alfred Hitchcock's people, Ray Bradbury donating a manuscript for auction, Forrest Ackerman, and a whole lot of other people.
  • 2008

    Hanmer, Karen. Celestial navigation [Glenview, Ill.] : Karen Hanmer, c2008. Artist's book. Rare Books and Special Collections.

    Manuscrits de Chrétien de Troyes edité par Keith Busby ... [et al.][ The manuscripts of Chrétien de Troyes] / edited by Keith Busby ... [et al.]. Amsterdam : Atlanta, GA : Rodopi, 1993. Book Arts Collection. Requested by Medieval Studies Faculty.

    [Cuneiform tablet] [clay tablet], c. 2000 B.C.E. Book Arts Collection. One of the first methods of recording the written word.

    Richard Strauss Edition, Wien : Verlag Dr. Richard Strauss ; New York : Representation ... Boosey & Hawkes, c1996-c1999. Requested by the Music Library.

    An additional $5000 was designated by the Board for the Southeast Asia Collection, for use at the discretion of the collection's curator. All selected items were designated by the library's Expensive Purchases Committee.

  • 2007

    The Friends of the NIU Libraries used the proceeds from their endowment to fund the renovation of the Scholar's Den on the first floor of the Main Library.

  • 2006

    The first edition of James Weldon Johnson's Fifty Years & Other Poems, (1917), autographed by Johnson. This title, a nice addition to the African American Collection by the civil rights activist and poet, commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation, and is *very* scarce (there were only 110 copies printed of this signed, limited edition).

    The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics(14 vols); Elzevier; for the main reference collection. This encyclopedia was requested by the English, Foreign Languages, Communications, Communicative Disorders, and Anthropology Departments.

  • 2005

    The Friends helped the library celebrate the acquisition of its 2 Millionth Volume by contributing monies towards the purchase of the Chicago Tribune (Historical) Newspaper Database. This database offers full-text and full-image articles for the Tribune dating back to the 19th century, including digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF® files. When the project is complete the coverage will span from 1849 to 2001.
  • 2003-2004

    Eight different medieval illuminated manuscript leaves ranging in years from about 1150 to 1524 A.D. were purchased by the Friends over 2 years.
  • 2002

    Wheatley, Phillis. Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave, Dedicated to the Friends of the Africans. 1835. ($3,000.00)
  • 2001

    Dalkey Press Archive, various titles (225 titles) ($1,000.00)

  • 2000

    Flicker, Michael C. and Stephen W. Drew, Encyclopedia of Bioprocess Technology: Fermentation, Biocatalysis, and Bioseparation. New York : Wiley-Interscience c1999. ($1,500.00)

  • 1999

    Papers of the Society of American Indians, 1906-1946 (10 microfilm reels)

    The Indian Rights Association, 1885-1901 (24 microfilm reels)

  • 1998

    Armitage, Peter & Theodore Colton, eds. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. Chichester ; New York : J. Wiley, c1998. ($1,755.00)

    10 roll-away book ranges, to be used for the Annual Book Sale. The Friends and the University Libraries will split the total cost. ($5,780.00 [Friends portion=$2,890.00])

  • 1997

    Craig, Edward, ed. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Florence, KY, Routledge, June 1998. ($3,000.00)

    Friends contributed $2,300.00 toward purchasing the "Ensuring the Future" recognition trees.

  • 1996

    Friends contributed $3,000.00 toward purchasing Edward Stratemeyer Collection.

    Friends contributed $3,500.00 toward purchasing "Ensuring the Future" recognition trees.

  • 1995

    The Black Women Oral History Project. Schlesinger Library, Radicliff College.  11 vols. ($1,229.00).

    Dictionary of Gardening. 5 vols. N.Y.: Stockton Press, 1992. ($814.00). 
    Boy's Series Books (Alger, Merriwell, Stratemeyer) 196 items. ($1,041.00).

  • 1994

    Greene, Graham, 1904-.  The Living Room; with an Introduction by Peter Glenville. Melbourne, London:Heinemann, 1957, c1953. ($900.00). 
    Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. Complete Poems of Walt Whitman, 1855-1888; Authenticated & Personal book (Handled by W.W.) Portraits from life, autograph. (Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros. & Co., Printers, 1888).   ($2,760.00). 
    1) Mailing envelope addressed in Whitman's hand. 
    2) Walt Whitman's Buggy and Horse. 
    3) Autobiographic note...[broadside by Whitman]. 
    4) Original etching of Whitman, Signed by Whitman.

  • 1993

    Longus. (Daphnis and Chloe. English). Daphnis and Chloe: A Most Sweet and Pleasant Pastoral Romance for Young Ladies/done into English by Geo. Thornley; (The woodcuts drawn on the wood by Charles Ricketts from the designs by Charles Shannor and Charles Ricketts have been engraved by both).  London: Sold by E. Mathews and J. Lane, 1893. ($1,500.00).

    Encyclopedia of Food Science, Food Technology, and Nutrition. Edited by R. Macrae, R.K. Robinson, M.J. Sadler.  London, San Diego: Academic Press, c1993. 8 vols. (Friends contributed $1,100) ($21,00.00).


  • 1992

    Microforms Research Collection. American Fiction: 1774-1910.  [OCLC  Marc Tapes].  ($1,547.40).
  • 1991

    Edward Ardizzone Manuscripts and Publications. (94 titles) ($3,784.00).

  • 1990

    Migne, J.-P. (Jacque-Paul), comp. 1800-1875.  Patrologiae cursus completus, a J. P. Migne editus.  Parisiis, 1844.  Series Latina.  Supplementum.  Accurante Adalberto Hamman.  Paris : Garnier Freres, 1958-

    Migne, J.-P.  (Jacques-Paul), 1800-1875.  Patrologiae cursus completus.  Series graeca, in qua prodeunt patres, doctores scriptoresque ecclsiae graeca.  Paris, 1866-1928.  161 v. In 166. 
    Both series purchased from theMarian Library of the University of Dayton. 

    Patrologiae Latina 
    V.1-31 Tertullian 
    V.32-37 Augustine 
    V.63-64 Boethius 
    V.69-70 Cassidorus 
    V.122 John Scotus Eriugena 
    V.175, 177 School of St. Victor 
    V.178 Peter Abelard

    Patrologiae Graeca 
    V.3 Dionysius 
    V.6 Justin 
    V.7 Irenaeus 
    V.40 Nemesiur 
    1959-1984. Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1988. 2 vols. ($450.00).

    Democratic Review (Microform) Vol.30, no.1 (Jan. 1852)- V.31, no.5/6 (Nov/Dec 1852)- Whole no.163- (new York: H.G. Langley), 1852. 2 vols.   ($500.00).

    Gerdts, William H.  Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920/ New York, Abbeville Press, c1990. 3 vols. ($495.00).

    Children's Books in the Khmer, Lao, and Hmong Languages.  ($300.00).

  • 1989

    Nineteenth century short title catalogue extracted from the catalogues of the Bodleian Library, the British Library, the Library of Trinity College (Dublin), the National Library of Scotland, and the University Libraries of Cambridge and Newcastle.  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) : Avero, (1984- ). 18 vol. (Friends contributed $9,950.00).  ($19,900.00).

  • 1988

    Martial.  Epigrammata / Martialis.  (Venetiis) : Iacobus Pentius de Leuco Impressor, 1503.  ($785.50).

  • 1987

    Bible.  Latin.  Vulgate.  1454?  The Gutenberg Bible : a Commentary, Historical Background, Transcription, Translation / Jean-Marie Dodu. (Paris) : Editions Les Incunables, c1985. ($2,250.00).

    Surveyor Generals Office.  Geographical Sketch of the Burmese Empire.  1 Map.  Government Lithographics Press, 1824.  ($480.70).

  • 1986

    Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892.  Specimen Days & Collect / by Walt Whitman.  Philadelphia : R. Welsh & Co., 1882-83. ($645.50).

    British Museum.  The Art of Central Asia : The Stein Collection in the British Museum / Roderick Whitfield.  Tokyo : Kodansha International in co-operation with the Trustees of the British Museum ; New York : Distributed in the U.S.A. by Kodansha International/USA through Harper and Row, c1982-[c1983]. ($375.00).

  • 1985

    Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.  Frank Lloyd Wright. Edited by Yukio Futagawa; text by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. Tokyo: A.D.A. Edita, 1984.   ($995.00).

    Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824.  Poems on His Domestic Circumstances, & c. &c./ Lord Byron; with His Memoirs and Portrait. 15th ed.  London, Printed for W. Hone, 55 Fleet-Street, 1816. ($595.00).

    Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. Poems on His Domestic Circumstance: I. Fare Thee Well! II. S Sketch from Private Life Containing Eight Poems by Lord Byron. First American edition. Boston: J.  Eliot, 1816. ($265.00).

    Dictionary of American Military Biography / Roger J. Spiller, editor, Joseph G. Dawson III, associate editor, T. Harry Williams, consulting editor.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, c1984.($145.00).

  • 1984

    Political Elites and Social Change: Studies of Elite Roles and Attitudes.  Edited by Moshe M. Czudonowski. DeKalb, Northern Illinois University Press, 1983.   ($12.50) (Sent to Thailand by NIUF).

    Catalogue of the Holdings of Sandler Collection of Military History of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Period. York, England: Michael Cole of York, c1983. ($24.00) (Sent to Thailand by NIUF).

    German Workers in Industrial Chicago, 1850-1910: A Comparative Perspective. Edited by Hartmut Keil and John B. Jentz. DeKalb, Northern Illinois University Press, 1983. ($24.00) (Sent to Thailand by NIUF).

    Does Who Governs Matter? Elite Circulation in Contemporary Societies.  Edited by Moshe M. Czudonowski. DeKalb, Northern Illinois University Press, c1982. ($13.75) (Sent to Thailand by NIUF).

    Education for Peace and Disarment. Edited by Douglas Sloan. New York,  Teachers College, Columbia University, 1983. ($14.36).

    British Library.  Index of Manuscripts in the British Library. Cambridge, Cambridge Shire: Chadwyck-Healey, 1984. ($1,800.00).

  • 1983

    The Holocaust: Select Documents;18 vols., Garland, 1982.  (Friends contributed $361.30).

    Issues in Linguistics: Papers in Honor of Henry and Renee Kahane, edited by Braj B. Kachru. Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 1973. ($32.50).

    College English, v.1-11, 22-25, 30-41 (Oct.1939-May 1950, Oct 1960-May 1964, Oct 1968-Apr 1980). 35mm. Pos. Microfilm. ($265.20).

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