Special Collections

Spotlight on endowed collections & other notable collections at Doherty.

Mardi Gras in the Archives

Mardi Gras celebrations are taking place throughout the world today, including here on the UST campus. Tonight the university will host the 64th annual Mardi Gras Gala benefiting the St. Thomas Fund. The Gala is one of the longest running traditions at UST and is well documented in the  UST Archives. There, researchers can explore photos from past galas showcasing glamorous gowns and festive floats. The collection also includes Mardi Gras invitations, programs, and press releases. View samples from the collection online.  If you are interested to explore this collection in person at the archives, please make an arrangement for a visit by calling 713-525-3895.  The Archives are located at 305 Branard Street.

UST Mardi Gras, 1952

UST Mardi Gras, 1954

New Popular Books now Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 150 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.


Billy Collins – Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems  

Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things: A Novel

John Grisham – Sycamore Row  

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland 

Terry McMillan – Who Asked You? 

Veronica Roth – Allegiant

Amy Tan – The Valley of Amazement 

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief   


Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened 

Brene Brown – Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love and Parent

Brenda Cooper – Fall in Love for Life: Inspiration from a 73 Year Marriage 

Malcolm Gladwell – David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the art of Battling Giants

Allen Guelzo – Gettysburg: the Last Invasio

Brian Jay Jones – Jim Henson: the Biography 

Koppel – The Astronaut Wives Club: a True Story

Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala: the Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

March on Washington 50th Anniversary: Resources for Commemoration

August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a key event in the Civil Rights Movement during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

UST will be honoring this event with a Memorial Mass & Reception Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington. You can further explore the impact of the march with digital resources available through the library and online.

From The Black Worker (Oct. 1, 1963). Source: African-American Periodicals (1825-1995)

Doherty’s recently acquired Readex African American Periodicals digital archive contains both articles written about the event in 1963 and articles assessing its impact a generation later. Learn more about  how to use the wealth of Civil Rights resources available in this database on the Readex blog: Researching the March on Washington using African American Newspapers and Periodicals

Source: National Archives

The National Archives also has extensive holdings from the March on Washington. Find photographs, event programs, and more using their online highlights.

For a quantitative look at the impact of the Civil Rights movement, check out this data compiled by the Census Bureau. To mark the anniversary of the march, they have gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the African American population to date.

Finally, keep up with anniversary activities taking place around the country this week by following #MLKDream50.

New Popular Books Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 140 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.  The newest titles are listed below. For  new academic titles, see our new books Pinterest board.


Manisha Jolie Amin – Dancing to the Flute

Maeve Binchy – A Week in Winter

Ben Fountain – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Sally Gardner – Maggot Moon

Jamaica Kincaid – See Now Then

Ian McEwan – Sweet Tooth

Ayana Mathis – The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ron Rash – Nothing Gold Can Stay

Jess Walter – Beautiful Ruins


James Barilla – My Backyard Jungle 

Ernest Freeberg – Age of Edison: Elecric Lights and the Invention of Modern America

Virginia Morrell – Animal Wise:  The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures

Sandra Day O’Connor – Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

Maurice Sendak – My Brother’s Book

New Popular Books Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 130 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.  The newest titles are listed below.


Mitch Albom – The Time Keeper

Michael Chabon – Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

Junot Díaz - This is How You Lose Her

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

Peter Heller – Dog Stars

Andrew Porter – In Between Days

Ismet Prcic – Shards

J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy


David Byrne – How Music Works

Otis Webb Brawley, and Paul Goldberg – How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks AboutBeing Sick in America

Claire & Mia Fontaine – Have Mother, Will Travel

Dambisa Moyo  – Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World

Mark Owen  – No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden

Paul Tough – How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden power of Character

Bob Woodward – The Price of Politics

Progress at the Archives

siennaedit2 University Archives, Sienna House

The University Archives staff has been very active in developing an Archives web page that now includes finding aids and articles of historical information about the University.

The effort to add material to the Archives web page is ongoing. One example is the posting of a list of the ten presidential administrations of UST and the years of their service. Eight different men served as president; two returned for an additional term. The web page is illustrated with photos of the UST presidents. Two other recent examples include material about the first UST School of Nursing and material about the Office of Student Affairs that have now been posted on the web site.

The Archives staff also compiled a spreadsheet depicting the history of the many structures that UST has acquired, demolished and constructed since 1947. Several blocks of fourteen houses each and the streets surrounding them have been removed to create space for academic and support buildings and to make travel safer and more convenient between the buildings. Also within the Archives is the original of a 1947 letter naming the University. The naming process was quite simple, a single meeting of a committee.

Information concerning the University’s development was researched and posted in an effort to inform students, faculty and the public as to how the University came into existence, who played a critical role, and the events that brought us to the present. Without a knowledge of the University’s history, there will be no understanding of the events that shape our current existence.

The Archives web page can be found as a link on the main Doherty Library web page at http://www.stthom.edu/Public/index.asp?page_ID=4804. You can also contact the Archives staff at 713-525-3895.

Miniature Books Exhibit

The Art of Miniature Books

Doherty Library is currently hosting the Miniature Book Society’s traveling exhibition of over 80 miniature books. A miniature book is defined by the Society as a real book whose closed dimensions (length or width) measures no more than 3 inches. The exhibit also features several “micro-minis,” books measuring 1 inch and less. The books on exhibit come in various shapes and forms, from conventionally bound volumes to accordion foldouts and pop-up books. The printing methods vary as well, from hand calligraphy, to letterpress, photocopy and more. The Miniature Book Society exhibit cases are located on the left side of the lobby atrium as you enter the building.

As for the main lobby exhibit cases, this month we have created a companion exhibit of items from Doherty’s special collections. Enjoy this sampling of the book arts from November 12th through the end of the semester.

Link to the Miniature Book Society.


The Greenwood Endowment for Children’s Literature

The Patrick Spann Greenwood Children’s Literature Collection

Does it seem strange for an academic library to have an extensive collection of children’s books? Not to UST education majors seeking curriculum materials for their coursework! Since the 1970′s, the Greenwood endowment has supported the acquisition of material in children’s literature and other materials in the areas of general education and human development related to the curricula offered by the School of Education. The Greenwood collection was made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Freeman in memory of their grandson, Patrick Spann Greenwood (1970-1972). Books in the Collection can be recognized by their distinctive memorial bookplate.  A large part of the Collection is found in the children’s literature area of the library’s book stacks (that’s the PZ’s on the 2nd floor of Doherty). All the children’s books are available for check-out by UST students, faculty and staff. Other materials — general education and human development — are shelved where appropriate throughout the library. UST Education majors as well as all students and library patrons past, present and future benefit greatly from this simple act of generosity by the Freemans.


The Slick Endowed Collection in Business Ethics

The Sally S. and William T. Slick, Jr. Endowed Collection in Business Ethics

Over the years, Doherty library at the University of St. Thomas has benefited from the generosity of individuals and families in the form of endowed library collections.  Endowed collections typically set aside a sum of money in trust for the regular purchase of library materials in a particular subject area or genre, thus insuring that that collection will continue to grow in perpetuity.  In 1996, the Sally S. Slick and William T. Slick, Jr. Endowed Collection in Business Ethics was established to create a collection of material in the Doherty Library to support the Center for Business Ethics and the Cullen Trust Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas.  Recent purchases include books about business ethics, social ethics, moral and ethical aspects of corporate culture, conflicts of interest, the role of human conscience in business and corporate history.  Books purchased by this endowment are identified by a bookplate placed in the front of each volume acquired for the collection.  The material is shelved throughout the Doherty library.  To survey our latest purchases for the collection, click the “Endowed Collections” tab in the Doherty library catalog and select the “Slick Collection in Business Ethics.”