In 1913, the library assumed a more general character with the gift of two private collections, the library of Ellwood and Sarah Cooper, and the Roxana Lewis Dabney Memorial Collection. Growth continued slowly to World War II; in 1929, there were 18,000 volumes, in 1939, 30,000. When the state college became a campus of the University in 1944 there were some 40,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals.
With substantial state support the library doubled its holdings twice since 1958 when it was given the mission of ultimately serving a full spectrum of advanced studies for a general campus. Gifts to the library ranged from single items such as a copy of the Coverdale Bible (1535) presented by C. Pardee Erdman to the complete American Journal of Science from its commencement in 1819, the gift of geologist A. I. Levorsen; especially noteworthy was the Hammond library presented by Mrs. MacKinley Helm. Frank H. Ball, second president of the school, presented his industrial arts library of some 2,000 volumes to the library upon his retirement in 1918. Scholarly libraries acquired by purchase and gift have included Tocqueville scholar J. Peter Mayer's 13,000 volumes on European political science and sociology; the Printers Collection of Hobart Skofield; the anthropology collection willed by Professor Norman Gabel; the geological libraries of W. S. W. Kew and Theo Crook; the library of sociologist Kimball Young; several Hispanic and Latin American collections--notably that of Professor Roland D. Hussey, the Professor Hertzmann music collection, and the Near Eastern archaeological library of Dr. Erich Schmidt.
The most widely known gift to come to the library in state college days was the William Wyles Collection on Lincoln, the Civil War, and Westward Expansion. Later deeded (1946) by Mr. Wyles to the Santa Barbara campus of the University, together with a trust fund, this collection grew steadily and later numbers 16,000 volumes and manuscripts and was a well-known center for studies in the Civil War period.
|Natalie L. Beach||1913-1914|
|Nellie E. Scholes||1914-1919|
|Katharine F. Ball||1926-1947|
|Donald C. Davidson||1947-|
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