First Purchase


At the time of Union’s founding in 1795 a committee of the College’s founders compiled lists of books and apparatus to be purchased from dealers in London and Philadelphia.  These lists helped to identify the “first” books when the Library decided to pull them from the circulating collection over a century later.  Today the First Purchase Collection contains the remaining original volumes as well as some recently purchased volumes whose titles, authors, and dates of publication match missing volumes from the lists.  Titles in the latter group are indicated by “repl” for replacement at the end of the call number.