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Greenwood Library Special Collections



Anhui Collection

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In 2007, Greenwood Library was the recipient of books from Anhui University of Technology in Ma’anshan, China. This collection, in both Chinese and English, consists of classic Chinese literature including Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en; Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Guanzhong; and Dream of Read Mansions by Cao Wuequin and Gao E. The collection also includes pictorial works illustrating China’s antiquities including paintings, sculptures, porcelain, calligraphy, and wood working. 

Droessler Collection

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This collection of Alice in Wonderland books was donated to Greenwood Library in memory of Carol S. Droessler (Longwood Class of 1950) and presented to Longwood University by her husband, Dr. Earl Droessler of Raleigh, North Carolina, in the spring of 1999. The collection consists of numerous and various editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland including versions  in pop-up format and versions written in different languages. The collection also includes biographies about Lewis Carroll and several of the book’s well-known illustrators.

Edward Gorey Collection

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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a writer, illustrator and designer whose distinctive drawings combined with a morbid wit and a taste for the bizarre earned him a reputation as a rather eccentric individual who produced unusual publications. Gorey’s works are unique graphic creations that are a fascination to all who view them. 

Faculty Publications

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This collection showcases books that have been written by Longwood faculty and administrators over the past one hundred years. The oldest title dates back to 1908 when Columbia University Press published Arithmetical Abilities and Some Factors Determining Them by Dr. Cliff Winfield Stone. 

Rare Book Collection

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The treasures in this collection are unique—some because they are signed, some because of their illustrations, some because they are first editions of classics, and some because they are no longer available in print but have enduring value.

Virginiana Collection

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This collection contains works pertaining to the Commonwealth of Virginia. These include books concerning the history of Virginia, biographies of noteworthy Virginians, and works of fiction in which Virginia is the setting or subject.