Gift Collections

If you would like to make a gift to the Doherty Library, please contact the Dean of Libraries:

Jim Piccininni

Dr. Lee Williames & David Theis Collection

The Dr. Lee Williames & David Theis Collection was donated by David Theis to honor his mentor, Williames, for his work with students. The collection is composed of resources that mainly support the Russian Studies program as well as other disciplines in the Liberal Arts.

The John O. Whitney - Readex Archive of Americana Collection

Provides access to one of the world's largest electronic collections of primary documents covering American history. The collection is a gift from NewsBank, inc. in honor of John Whitney, a UST professor who has served on NewsBank’s Board for more than 25 years. The acclaimed Archive of Americana enables students and scholars to explore virtually every aspect of United States history, culture and daily life across several centuries spanning from about 1500-1900s. It provides unprecedented online access to newspapers, books, broadsides, ephemera, government publications and more.

Janice Gordon-Kelter Collection

Established in 2006 through the donation of the personal library of the late Dr. Janice Gordon-Kelter, former Dean of the Master in Liberal Arts Program at UST, this collection is dedicated primarily to Women in Culture and Society, Medieval Studies and British History. This collection is shelved throughout the library. 

McFadden-Moran Collection for Irish Studies Research

University of St. Thomas board member Mr. Patrick J. Moran and the Moran family have donated a sizable collection of Irish primary source materials and historical newspapers to Doherty Library.  President Emeritus and History professor Dr. Joseph McFadden lent his expertise in selecting the materials for the donation. The McFadden-Moran Collection presents a record of Irish politics, history and culture, primarily from the 19th- and early 20th- centuries.  The microform collection includes three major sources for the study of Irish history and culture available today. British in Ireland: Dublin Castle Record, Ireland: Politics and Society through the Press, 1760-1922 and the Galway Resource for Anglo-Irish Literature (GRAIL).

The 136-reels of microfilm in the British in Ireland: Dublin Castle Records set reproduce the original files collected by British administrators in Dublin Castle between 1881 and 1921.  During these years, the British in Ireland faced increasing Irish nationalism, the rise of anti-government organizations, the "Land Wars," and the struggle over Home Rule. The set includes Royal Irish Constabulary records and police reports, judicial proceedings, and even surveillance information on more than 400 Sinn Fien and Republican suspects pursued between 1889 and 1921.

Local and nationalist Irish newspapers are reproduced in Ireland: Politics and Society through the Press, 1760-1922.  The McFadden-Moran Collection holdings include 19th century runs of the Irishman (Dublin), United Ireland, the Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator, Galway Vindicator, and the Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser.

The Galway Resource for Anglo-Irish Literature (GRAIL), developed by the University College Galway and the National Library of Ireland, reproduces over 500 works by 80 Anglo-Irish 19th century writers. The collection is a treasure of 19th century popular fiction, drama, poetry, and even folksongs.  Read"Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland" written by Thomas Crofton Croker in 1825-28, for example. Or Irish poet Thomas Moore's "Letter to the Roman Catholics of Dublin" (1810 ) along with his later book "Travels of an Irish Gentleman in Search of a Religion: With Notes and Illustrations" (1833).

The McFadden-Moran Collection is located in the Silent Reading Room at Doherty Library. Printing is available and free of charge.

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Collection

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Collection is made possible through a generous donation of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.  The collection contains books and other resources which foster a deeper understanding of Judaism and promote interfaith relations. 

We encourage members of the Houston community, especially our Jewish friends, to visit our library and to make use of this gift collection.  Please check our web site for library hours and library entrance policies at