James Collection Arrives

Colleagues and family of the late Prof. Janet Wilson James (History) attended a reception at Burns Library on April 23 to mark the donation of her private library to the Special Collections.

A pioneer in the field of women's history who co-authored the major biographical dictionary, Notable American Women, 1607-1950 , James served on the faculty from 1971 until her death in 1987.

Her private collection of books was recently given to the Burns Library by her family. The bequest includes well over 200 volumes, most of them 19th-century imprints, spanning a range of topics of interest to researchers working in the field of women's studies.

An exhibition of books from the James Collection is currently on display in the O'Brien Fine Print Room at Burns Library. The exhibition reflects her special interest in the history of nursing and women's medicine and in the religious experience of American women, as well as works on women and education, the suffrage movement, belles lettres , and women as workers in trades and professions outside the home.

Burns Librarian Robert O'Neill said the James Collection complements the library's Mary Pekarski Nursing Archives on the history of nursing and nursing ethics.

-Mark Sullivan

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