What To Do with Nearly 3,000 Amazing, Presidential Books?

By Ryan Dumont '19 | March 27, 2018

Library presentation

On February 23, Charles Getchell and Christine Clayton of the Geisel Library presented on a recently donated collection of literature on the Presidency and related topics, titled "The Presidency Unfurled: Contexts, Landmarks, Legacy." The collection of 2,780 books was donated by Arthur P. Young, Ph.D. and Patricia F. Young.

After thanking the Young's for their gift, Getchell went on to explain the process of transforming the NHIOP Political Library into a home for the collection. He stated the whole process was really a group effort from the logistical support of the NHIOP staff, to the building of the new book cabinets by physical plant, to the organizational work done by the Geisel Library staff.

Next, Clayton spoke about her work in organizing and documenting the collection using the Library of Congress Catalog system. Clayton said she "touched every book in the collection, and learned interesting presidential trivia" from her work with the collection. She also noted the pristine condition of the books, stating that they were "in the best shape of any collection" she had come in contact with.

The books in this collection, which cover every president from George Washington to Barack Obama, are available to Saint Anselm students, faculty, and staff. The collection features very special books related to the American Presidency, including 100 signed copies, with publications dating back to 1885. The work and care that went into finding a home for this collection here at Saint Anselm College is truly amazing.