Special Collections & Archives
The Trexler Library is home to several collections of literary and topical significance.
The Trexler Library is proud to offer the following circulating collections, in addition to several non-circulating collections from our archives.
We are honored to hold the working library of Walter and Jean Collins Kerr, both accomplished literary figures. Walter (1913-1996) was an American critic, playwright and director. Jean (1923-2003) was an American comic author and playwright.
National Security Collection
This collection of over 1,700 books contains a wide array of topics such as security, terrorism, military operations, as well as other disciplines. This material has been made possible by donors: Dr. John Behling, Mr. Cameron LaClair, Mr. Joseph C. Goulden, Mr. Sam Halpern, Mr. Eugene Poteat, and Mr. James C. Strodes all from various branches of the United States government. The National Security books are located on the first floor of the library next to the Reference collection.
St. Thomas More Collection
The St. Thomas More collection belonged to the first lawyer for Allentown College, James McFadden, and was donated by his daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Mary Anne Lohr. It primarily contains the writings of St. Thomas Moore and is housed in the McFadden Room, dedicated for Hugh Paul McFadden.
DeSales University Faculty Publications
Peer-reviewed journal articles and monographs comprise the published works of DeSales faculty. Abstracts of the publications and photos of the faculty members are included wherever possible.
Housed in the McFadden Room on the second floor of the Trexler Library, this collection contains books by and about St. Francis DeSales and St. Jane de Chantal.
Salesian Center Collection
Located in the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, this collection contains an assortment of faith centered literature in various formats, including books, journals, DVD's, and more.
Please contact the University Archivist for information on the listed collections. Access is by appointment only. None of the collections listed here circulate.
The University History Collection (1967 - )
From planning, through construction forward, this collection contains building plans, photographs, historical documents, brochures, posters, and more.
The Bishop McShea Archives
Bishop Joseph Mark McShea (1907 - 1991), first Bishop of Allentown (1961 to 1983), was founder of Allentown College of St. Francis deSales. This collection contains Vatican II documents, personal and family information, and a digital photographic collection.
The John Y. Kohl Collection –Kohl (1894 – 1975)
John Y. Kohl was the former editor of the Sunday edition of the Allentown Morning Call. This collection is comprised of his personal writings.
The June Schlueter Collection
This collection represents retired professor of English at Lafayette College,June Schlueter. It contains playbills from theatre performances she attended.
The Myra Yellin G. Outwater Collection (1942 – 2015)
Ms. Outwater was the Allentown Morning Call theatre critic and reviewer. Many of DeSales University theatre performances were reviewed by her. This collection contains playbills from the many performances she attended.
The Mu Omicron Chapter of Sigma—the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
This collection chronicles the development of the Mu Omicron chapter of the Nursing Honor Society at DeSales University dating back to 1965.
Local History Collection
Material related to the greater-Allentown area, including an autograph collection, biblical manuscripts, maps, photos, genealogical material, and a collection of manuscript reproductions of historical nature.
Rare Books Collection
The Trexler Library Butz Room is home to our rare books collection including the Butz, Salesian and the Butz More collections, the Carol Ann Robertson signed book collection, an assorted autographed collection, and more. Various artifact gifts are also housed here.