Special & Unique Collections
From the Collections
The Newsmaps were published by the Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, War Department of the U.S. and were prepared and distributed by the Army Orientation Course during the World War II era. They usually feature maps displaying the theaters of conflict, and often include narrative descriptions of war-related events. Some feature photographic essays or poster-like designs on themes such as enemy insignias, demobilization, and farm loans.
Weaver Collection of Juvenile Materials
In the 1930's, Mrs. Gustine Courson Weaver (1873-1942) began donating to what was then the North Texas State Teachers College. By the time of her death in 1942, the university holdings had been enriched by a number of significant research collections, including nearly 2,000 volumes of important juvenile books that she donated in 1936. The main portion of the Weaver Collection is works of fiction - children's books from all ages. Mrs. Weaver's original collection concentrated on the 19th century, with examples from the 18th and early 20th century. In recent years, items ranging from the 1500's to the 21st century have been added to help create a more complete view of the history of children's literature