A series of afternoon talks with collectors hosted by The Friends of the Library

Norman Tomlinson initiated the Conversations on Collecting series on October 12, 2011 with a talk about his
adventures in collecting Byron and Whitman.

James Fraser, an authority on international ephemera created during times of political upheaval, visited the Library on December 7, 2011.

John McEllhenney regaled the Drew audience with his life-long dedication to
collecting R. S. Thomas, the Welsh poet of the last century, and concluded
his talk on February 8, 2012 with the news that he was giving his Robert Frost
collection to Drew.

Robert Bull shared the story behind Drew’s Nestorian Cross Collection, a fascinating group of Christian symbols from Central Asia, which is the second largest in the world, in his March 28, 2012 talk.

The series will resume in the fall:

September 26
“The Perspective of an Editor”

Rebecca Barry

The editor of Fine Books and Collections shares her experiences of working with collectors and
delving into special collections across the country.

November 14
“The History of the Byron Society of America Collection”

Marsha Manns

The president of the Byron Society of America talks about the evolution of this important collection and
highlights some of its treasures.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, 4-5 p.m. All Welcome.

— This article originally appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Visions, the Library Newsletter