ACU's Brown Library receives Texana collection; Al
Lowman to speak
For immediate release
April 6, 1999
ABILENE - The estate of Dr. Abigail Curlee Holbrook
recently donated a collection of Texana to Abilene Christian
University's Brown Library which includes nearly 1,500
books, many with inscriptions by Texana authors in their
To celebrate the gift, an exhibition of Dr. Holbrook's
Texana collection featuring authors and editors such as
Frank Dobie and Al Lowman is on display in a lobby case in
the library. The collection will permanently reside in the
Southwestern Collection in the Callie Faye Milliken Special
Collections area of Brown Library.
Plus, Al Lowman, editor of an acclaimed Texas fine press
limited edition book, The Bitterly Beautiful Land, will
speak about Abigail Curlee Holbrook and her Texana
collection April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Mabee Library
Auditorium, adjacent to Brown Library on ACU's campus. The
public is invited.
While Lowman's presentation, "By Their Dust Jackets Ye
Shall Remember Them," commemorates the donation of Dr.
Holbrook's Texana collection, it also will serve as a
springboard for Brown Library officials to celebrate
National Library Week.
Dr. Holbrook, a well-known historian and writer, was
often referred to as "daughter of the Southwest. According
to the inscriptions in her book collection, during her
almost 100 years of life, she contributed greatly to the
documentation and recording of Texas history.
Born in 1897, Dr. Holbrook graduated from Waxahachi High
School as valedictorian in 1915. She earned her bachelor of
arts degree, master's degree and doctorate degree from the
University of Texas in Austin.
In 1932, Dr. Holbrook wrote a dissertation titled "A
Study of Texas Slave Plantations, 1822 to 1865." Four
copies are listed in the UT online catalog. Dr. Holbrook
used original information obtained from the descendants of
early Texas planters as well as letters, diaries,
recollections, memoirs and notes to write the 367-page
As Dr. Abigail Curlee, she married Thomas Jefferson
Holbrook who had served as a state senator from Galveston
from 1921 to 1937. She is buried next to her husband in the
Texas State Cemetery.
In Dr. Hobrook's collection, one of the gift volumes
dated Oct. 8, 1937, is inscribed by J. Carroll McConnell.
It reads: "Congratulations to Hon. T.J. Holbrook, Dean of
the Senate of the State of Texas, himself a student of
Texas..." The senator's papers reside at the Texas State
Library, Archives Division.
The Texana collection from Dr. Holbrook's estate is
reflective of her interests and academic pursuits. A large
percentage of the books are first editions from prestigious
Texas presses such as Hertzog, Steck, the University,
Naylor, Texas State Historical Association and Encino.
Along with Dobie and Lowman, authors and editors
represented in the collection include John C. Duval, Eugene
C. Barker, Loula Grace Erdman, Ramon F. Adams, Walter
Prescott Webb, Paul I. Wellman, E.C. Abbott, Charles M.
Russell, J. Evetts Haley, Mody C. Boartright, Hough Emerson
and John A. Lomax.
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information about this release, please contact Tom Craig,
director of media and community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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