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The mission of the Thomason Special Collection department is to preserve and maintain unique books and manuscripts of Newton Gresham Library for generations to come. We hope to provide academic support for ongoing student and faculty research through the best possible arrangement and description of the materials housed in Thomason Special Collections department.

As the "treasure room" of the Newton Gresham Library, the Thomason Room houses such rare books and fine bindings as have come to this institution over its many years of existence. The Thomason Room also collects  and maintains subject specialties such as Texana, Civil War, criminal justice, avant-garde poetry and local history.

Below is a listing of collections from Thomas Special Collections found in the Digital Collections.




 

                
  • Jane Howe Gregory Papers, 1705-1999                      The items in this collection represent Jane Howe Gregory’s extensive research into the Texas Penitentiary system, primarily focusing on issues surrounding female inmates. Journal articles, class notes, and prison records are the most common types of materials in this collection. Prison statistics and prison reforms pertaining to female prisoners are the most common themes.






 


 

 

  • Werner Family Collection, 1839-2010                     This collection contains the personal correspondence, scrapbooks, journals, articles, obituaries, photographs, and documents of the Werner family of Huntsville, Texas.  The correspondence includes letters concerning the Werner family and friends with specific instances regarding the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.  The collection also includes many photographs of the Werner family and friends.  Significant photographs include historic Werner family pictures, Robert A. Werner’s Air Force pictures, and Carolyn Werner’s travel pictures.  Many of the family pictures contain images of the city of Huntsville in the 1950s and 1960s.

 

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