Private book collection worth $200,000 donated to St. Mikes

A retired couple have donated their collection of some 4,000 classics books, appraised at a value of $207,000, to St. Michael’s College, college officials said Friday.

Robert and Michelle Wilhelm of Rhinecliff, N.Y., and their daughter Celeste Wilhelm, gave their collection of Greek and Roman history, language and literature, including new volumes and rare books from the 18th and 19th centuries, to the college late this summer. The books are now being catalogued and assessed by St. Michael’s Library Director John Payne, Associate Director Laura Crain and Archivist Elizabeth Scott.