Dr. Maurice Nielsen

Largest donation of items in library history
9:19 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Malpass Library Receives Nielsen Collection

The late Dr. Maurice Nielsen has left a legacy beyond his contributions to the philosophy department he helped establish at  Western Illinois University in 1959.

His family has donated his personal collection to WIU's Malpass Library.

It is the largest such donation in the library's history. It is composed of more than 9,000 items including nearly 3,000 books.

Library Specialist Greg Phelps helped to catalog the collection. He says it was a “treasure hunt” that took about six months.

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