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Donations Made to the Library


Many books and objects have been donated to Villanova’s library over the years. Some have become part of the Special Collections while others remain important parts of the circulating collection. These few examples represent just a small fraction of the gifts with which our generous benefactors have kindly entrusted us. Our gratitude extends to all of them.

falvey_PICT0619_small.JPGCuneiform Tablet
c. 2000 B.C. Sumeria. Clay
Donor unknown.
(Special Collections, Falvey Memorial Library)



falvey_mcgpic_small.jpgJoseph P. McGarrity, 1874-1940
Portrait donated by Mrs. Mary McGarrity-Shore
(Special Collections, Falvey Memorial Library)

The single largest donation to Special Collections to date has been the Joseph McGarrity Collection.  This collection consists of around 3,000 monographs focusing on Irish history, literature, folklore, description and travel, music, and Irish - American history. Among the many pamphlets in the collection are historical ones relating to the Eighteenth Century, particular to the 1798 Rebellion and the Act of Union. The collection also contains runs of Irish and Irish - American journals such as Hibernian Magazine, Walker's Hibernian Magazine, Dublin University Magazine, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy and many others. Among the newspapers is a complete run of The Irish Press (Philadelphia: 1918-1922), which for some time was owned and edited by Joseph McGarrity. (For more information please see: http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:149626 )

Typographical Printing Plate for the History of the Catholic Church in the United States
New York: D. H. McBride & Co., 1886. Metal
Donated by Joseph McVey (07/29/1955)
(Special Collections, Falvey Memorial Library)

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Portrait Printing Plate for the History of the Catholic Church in the United States
c. 1880s. Samuel Hollyer, Etcher. New York. Metal etched plates
Donated by Joseph McVey (07/29/1955)
(Special Collections, Falvey Memorial Library)

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Shea, John. History of the Catholic Church in the United States 4 v.
New York: D. H. McBride & Co., 1886
v. 3
Donated by Joseph McVey (07/29/1955)
(Special Collections, Falvey Memorial Library)

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