Angelo State University has rare books, manuscripts and novels on display at the University Center. These written works are all hundreds of years old.

This display also includes a handwritten Bible dating from 1230. Items showcased have originated from Asia, Europe and North America.

The most recent items are from the early 1900s.

The works are on loan from the remnant Trust.

But what makes this display special to the public is that it's not just for people to look at.

Executive director of library services, Maurice Fortin Ph.D, said, "What makes it special for ASU is that you cannot only come in and look at these items, but you can actually hold them, feel them, smell them and go through and see the rich artwork."

The display is free and open to the public from Oct. 9 through Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. But, on Friday, hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE FROM ASU: "As part of its Porter Henderson Library’s 50th anniversary celebration, Angelo State University will present a public exhibit of rare books from The Remnant Trust, starting Monday, Aug. 28, in the Eva Camuñez Tucker Center on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Titled “The Wisdom of the Ages,” the exhibit will be open for free public viewing Aug. 28–Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Included in the exhibit will be 43 titles in 45-50 volumes from The Remnant Trust’s extensive collection of rare books, first editions and other early publications. Viewers are encouraged to touch, feel and read the original manuscripts, including many first English translations.

Titles to be displayed at ASU were chosen by ASU faculty and Porter Henderson Library staff. The exhibit will feature books and manuscripts dating back as far as the 13th century and written by several of the Founding Fathers, as well as renowned philosophers, entrepreneurs, explorers, social activists, authors, poets and scientists, including:

  • Confucius, Friedrich Nietzsche and Thomas Aquinas
  • Aristotle, Nicolai Copernicus and Galileo
  • Hippocrates, Euclid and Sir Isaac Newton
  • John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln
  • Thomas Paine, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony
  • Homer, Voltaire and Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Davy Crockett, Sir Walter Raleigh and Machiavelli
  • Karl Marx, Andrew Carnegie, Adam Smith and many others

In addition to the regular exhibit hours, special viewings and reservations for groups, particularly for groups of 30 or more, can be scheduled by contacting the ASU Library Director’s Office at 325-942-2222. Reservations will be confirmed via email.

Headquartered at Texas Tech University, The Remnant Trust makes its collection available to colleges, universities and other organizations for use by students, faculty, scholars and the public. The collection includes more than 1,400 pieces. More details are available at"