Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Triplett Collection's OTHER Donor

I've written before in the blog about the massive donation by Don Wesley-Brown that serves as the core of our Triplett Military History Collection. There is another major donor to the collection who hasn't gotten as much press, and that is the Poe family from Ball Ground,GA. Robert and Mary Poe donated about 1,100 books to the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center.

The books belonged to Mrs. Poe's brother Frank James Farkus III. Farkus fought in World War II as a member of the US Army's 160th Engineer Combat Battalion. He served under General George S. Patton and participated in the liberation of France. Farkus' time in the service led to a lifelong interest in the European theater of operations. About a quarter of the books in his collection are in German. Many of the books focus on various divisions and units, American and German as well as troops from Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa. Mr. and Mrs. Poe inherited the books when Farkus passed away two years ago. They decided to donate the books to Reinhardt, believing that Farkus would have wanted to share them with students.

"While by call number and location they are placed in the Triplett Memorial Military History Collection, they are also designated in the catalog and by a book plate as in memory of Frank James Farkus III," said technical services librarian Joel Langford.

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