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1873

Drury’s first president, Dr. Nathan Morrison, makes the creation of a library for Drury College a priority. He solicits book donations from publishers, and builds a collection of about 1,000 …

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1874

The College Library is moved to the Model School Building, which once sat where Bay Hall is now located. (Picture of The Model School Building)

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1876

On one of his frequent fundraising trips to Boston, President Morrison meets Mr. Knapp of the Boston Public Library, who offers to donate duplicate and withdrawn books to Drury College. …

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1877

The College starts a “One Book for the Library” drive. 3,600 Congregational ministers across the country are each asked to donate one book, or $2, which is the average cost …

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1879

The Drury College Library is now about 5,000 volumes strong. The Library is moved out of the Model School Building and into the basement of Fairbanks Hall. (Picture of Fairbanks …

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1882

The Library’s collection now contains about 15,000 books and 17,000 pamphlets. The collection can no longer be contained in Fairbanks Hall, and is moved to the second floor of Drury’s …

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1893

Professor Edward M. Shepard becomes the College Librarian. The collection now contains 21,000 volumes, and Professor Shepard boasts that the Drury College Library is “the sixth largest between the Mississippi …

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1894

The Library is moved from the West Academy Building to the first floor of Stone Chapel. It will remain there for the next thirty-two years. (Picture of Stone Chapel)

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1923

After Drury’s Semi-Centennial celebration, President Thomas Nadal announces that a new library building will be erected. Judge Charles Harwood donates $50,000 dollars for the construction of a library to be …

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1926

On April 6th, 1926, Harwood Library is officially opened. The collection has now grown to about 37,000 volumes. The building is popular with students, although the Librarian, William Daggett, later …

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1938

The interior of Harwood Library. On the table at the center of the image is an issue of Current History magazine. The man on the cover is Adolph Hitler. (Picture …

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1956

By the mid-1950s, Drury’s book collection was becoming too large to be housed in Harwood Library. In 1956, Mrs. Eugenia G. Walker’s will left $225,000 to Drury College, as well …

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1958

The Library Planning Committee selects Richard Stahl, a Drury graduate, as the architect for the new Walker Library. The Trustees and Administration tell Stahl that they want the new building …

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1959

Walker Library is constructed at a cost of $500,000, and dedicated on November 5, 1959. The collection now includes over 45,000 books, and thousands of government documents. The interior of …

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1985

By the mid-1980s, Walker Library is running out of shelf space. Plans are initially made to construct an addition onto the back of the building. (Architectural Drawing of Proposed Addition …

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1990

In 1986, Drury’s Board of Trustees decides that instead of adding onto Walker Library, it will construct a new library building. The Development Office approaches the F. W. Olin Foundation …

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1992

The F. W. Olin Library is dedicated on October 30, 1992. The 64,000 square foot building is a state-of-the-art facility, boasting a computer lab with optical disk readers, a computerized …

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2017

Today the F. W. Olin Library has about 155,000 traditional books, about 195,000 electronic books, numerous databases, a rare book collection, and the University’s art collection. It’s a far cry …

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“I remember the dedication. Even though I had been at Drury for only a short time and done nothing to make the Olin Library a reality, I was caught up …

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