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Texas Tech to House Major Collection of Historical Works

The Remnant Trust is relocating to campus, bringing more than 1,300 extraordinary holdings.

Written by Patrick Gonzales

Kent and his wife Susie.

Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis

Texas Tech University soon will be home to a major collection of original, first edition and rare early written works that relate to individual liberty and human dignity.

School officials recently announced that The Remnant Trust collection will relocate to Texas Tech in January, bringing with it more than 1,300 works, some of which date back to 2300 B.C.

The collection will be housed at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and the Museum at Texas Tech.

“This is a unique and special opportunity for the Texas Tech community, because The Remnant Trust is unlike any collection in the world,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “The correlation between The Remnant Trust and Texas Tech is to share education as a foundation. We are grateful to The Remnant Trust that it will call Texas Tech University as home.”

Some of the most famous works in the collection include:

  • Magna Carta (1350)
  • One of three known copies of the third Dunlap printing of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • First printing of the Emancipation Proclamation (1862)
  • First edition of the King James Bible (1611)
  • First edition of Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” (1776)
  • Galileo’s dialogues (1710)

“We will now have in our collection items the Beinecke Library in Yale University and University of Chicago Library do not have,” said Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance. “This is just one more example of something top-notch that will make Texas Tech stand out among all others.”

Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance and President M. Duane Nellis with official from The Remnant Trust.

Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance and President M. Duane Nellis with official from The Remnant Trust.

The Remnant Trust, currently housed in Winona Lake, Ind., routinely loans portions of its collection to colleges, universities and other organizations throughout the world for use by students, faculty and general public. The collection visited Texas Tech for three months in 2012 and attracted more than 70,000 visitors.

The Remnant Trust was born in 1997 when a group of businessmen, academics and others came together to discuss ideas about education. With their own resources, they began collecting valuable materials and making them available to educational institutions where they could be placed on loan to students, faculty and communities. More than 50 institutions have been provided this unique opportunity.

While portions of the Remnant Trust will continue to travel, the entire collection’s home base will be Texas Tech.

“Thank you Texas Tech for this opportunity and for thinking that what we do is valuable,” said Kris Bex, president of The Remnant Trust. “If things go as planned, we will continue to add to the collection at its home at Texas Tech.”

The securing of The Remnant Trust was made possible, in part, by grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation.

A current list of The Remnant Trust holdings can be found on its website: www.theremnanttrust.info.

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