Don Quixote Research Collection Comes to Libraries

Marketing and Communications | July 23, 2013

An extensive research collection on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de La Mancha has found a home at Texas A&M University Libraries, thanks to the generosity of Robert and Malinda Collison Wolter. The Thomas F. Collison and Elizabeth Mason Collison Collection of Miguel De Cervantes will join one of the largest Don Quixote collections in the world, housed in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

Thomas F. Collison, author of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The Pictorial Life of Cervantes (1547-1616) His Times His Works His Place in Literature, assembled the collection over many years to support his research. The collection, valued at $128,345, includes numerous printed editions of Don Quixote, books about Cervantes and the work itself, as well as books by and about related historical figures in the collection.

Collison’s private library contained a 1738 edition of The Life of Miguel de Cervantes with contemporary scholarly annotations and his personal archive of research materials with the typescript of his book, a notebook of his corrections and changes, research notes, correspondence, photographs, early drafts and the mock-up of his book. With its scholarly depth and richness, the Collison library is a welcome addition to the Don Quixote collection. The notebooks and research materials provide a unique perspective on Cervantes scholarship. The collection captures the process of researching, writing, and editing the pictorial biography.

 “We are grateful to the Wolters for donating this important collection which will benefit scholars and students of this great work,” commented Larry Mitchell, director of Cushing Library.

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For more information: Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or