Purdue News

August 23, 2004

Krannert Special Collections celebrates 40th anniversary

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Krannert School Special Collection of Literature in Business and Economic History will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Aug. 31 with a presentation by its first librarian about his recently published book.

John M. Houkes, who joined the Purdue University Libraries in 1959 and became the first head of the management and economics library in 1963, will give a talk at 2 p.m. in the Krannert Auditorium on his book "An Annotated Bibliography on the History of Usury and Interest from the Earliest Times Through the Eighteenth Century." He will present a copy of the book, published in 2004, to James L. Mullins, Purdue's dean of libraries.

Houkes will be introduced by Jay Wiley, professor emeritus of economics, whose Purdue career spanned 44 years. An open house will follow at 3 p.m. in the Krannert Special Collections on the second floor of the Krannert Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Judith M. Nixon, management and economics librarian, and her staff worked with Houkes in digitizing, editing and footnoting his manuscript and finding a publisher.

"John Houkes' important scholarly book could not have been written without the monumental collection of books we have," Nixon said. "Krannert Special Collections, with many first editions of early works in economics, is one of the most important collections of books on economic history in the nation."

The Krannert Special Collection of Literature in Business and Economic History is composed of more than 8,000 books, pamphlets and periodical titles. About 3,000 of the pieces were published between 1502 and 1875. The collection includes a first edition of "Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith and Thomas Malthus' "Essay on the Principles of Population."

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Source: Judith M. Nixon, (765) 494-2922, jnixon@purdue.edu

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