Check out our exhibits featuring the art of the book cover!
Over the years, we have heard complaints about the age of the Alkek Library book collection. We have grown from a teaching college to an emerging research institution. To that end, we are working on making sure there is and will always be room for the most current and relevant information available in all disciplines, in print or online. However, without maintaining some of these older parts of the collection, the history of the collection and of the institution would be lost. We have original examples of artistic book cover styles and designs because we have retained some these unique titles.
Interestingly, some of the best examples we have of these classic book cover designs come from the American and German Literature sections of the Alkek collection. That would not be surprising, considering the area of Texas we are in. We suspect that from our very beginnings, faculty and perhaps some of the local community, contributed their love, knowledge, and even some of the books themselves, to our collections. These books date from the 1890s to the 1920s.