Graduate donates rare book collection to Marquette University

Pete writes “A story from JSOnline about a major donation to Marquette University. Now if they can just do something about the nickname…

“William J. Schull, a 1946 Marquette graduate, and his wife, Victoria, are donating 10 new titles, most notably a first edition set of Jonathan Swift’s novel, “Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World,” better known as “Gulliver’s Travels.”

Matt Blessing, head archivist for the university’s special collections, said the materials will fit right in with the university’s rare book collection, which contains 7,000 volumes.

At the core of Marquette’s collection are books brought over by the Jesuit priests who founded the school in 1881. Blessing said the strengths of the collection are theology, Jesuit history, American Indian history and manuscripts, such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”””