TU acquires special 18th century literature archive

Monday, December 23, 2013

Pinkerton gift provides support for new literary collection

The University of Tulsa Department of English now has access to more than 32 million pages of text from the eighteenth century, thanks to a generous donation from Tulsa philanthropist Nieta Pinkerton and her late husband, James.

The recent gift enables the department to partner with TU’s McFarlin Library to acquire Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), a comprehensive electronic research database of primary source materials. ECCO includes almost every significant title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century and represents a major addition to the library’s growing collection of electronic resources for supporting research. Students and faculty can access ECCO and other databases anytime, anywhere via TU’s campus network.

Associate Professor of English Laura Stevens said acquisition of the collection will help the English department and other campus programs build on research and coursework related to the 18th century. The archive will be an especially helpful tool to faculty and graduate students.

“This collection is a mine of textual treasures. It will have a transformative effect on not only the teaching of 18th century Britain and its colonies in literature, but also in many other fields,” Stevens said. “Already, it has saved money on books for next semester, opened our classes to a whole range of texts and assignments that were not available in the past, and provided crucial access to information that our graduate students need for their dissertation work.”

McFarlin Library administrators and faculty in the Department of English said they are grateful for the Pinkerton family’s support.

“We have wanted to add ECCO to the library’s electronic holding for some time because we knew what a critical resource it is for graduate research in this area,” said Adrian Alexander, dean of the McFarlin Library. “Mrs. Pinkerton’s generous gift made the difference.”

Suzy Thompson