special collections

Boone Collection

This diverse collection, gifted to the library in 1953 by Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Boone, was acquired from many different sources worldwide. It includes artifacts from various historical eras, and many rare books. This array of items is housed in the Walker Memorial Library Treasure Room.

Burress Genealogy Collection

This genealogy research collection of over 600 books was gifted to the library by Mrs. Evalynn Burress in memory of her husband, Mr. Walker March Burress. The collection is stored in the Walker Memorial Library Treasure Room and is available for research by appointment.

Dr. Robert T. Hill Papers

Dr. Robert T. Hill was a Comanche, Texas resident who became one of the most well-known and respected geologists in the world. Dr. Hill’s work covered many diverse regions, including Oklahoma, Texas, the Los Angeles Basin, Cuba and the Antilles. A portion of Dr. Hills extensive published work was given to the library in 1953. It is stored in the Walker Memorial Library Treasure Room, and is available for research by appointment.

Luman Nativities Collection

Currently on loan to HPU, the Luman Nativities collection includes 147 nativity sets, stables, and tree ornaments acquired during the worldwide travels and ministry of Merrill (1950) and Elaine Luman. Items from this collection are displayed in the lobby of the Walker Memorial library throughout the year.

Dorothy McIntosh Collection

This collection of music boxes, acquired from her travels and gifted to her by her students and friends, was given to HPU by Dorothy McIntosh.

Dorothy McIntosh (“Miss Mac”) and her twin sister, Doris were 1941 graduates of Howard Payne College. “Miss Mac” was the choral director at Brownwood High School for nearly 40 years.

Texas Collection

Celebrating the history, geography, and personalities of Texas, this collection provides resources about all aspects of our state.

HPU Authors Collection

A growing collection of works written or illustrated by Howard Payne University faculty, staff, and alumni. Included in this collection are books by former HPU president Dr. Guy Newman, former professor Bill Crider, current professor and university historian Dr. Robert Mangrum, and many others.

Al Tucker Research Room

A collection of books and materials relating to Dr. Al Tucker’s research in Colonial America and Southwest Texas. Of special interest is his research on education in the Big Bend region including photos, interviews and more. 

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