The Bonaventure library is a unique, highly specialized collection of rare research tools, covering early Christian and Medieval history and theology. It includes over 4,000 volumes.
The Genosky Local History collection was created by Fr. Landry Genosky, O.F.M. (1914-1994) from his study of the history of the city of Quincy, Illinois highlighting the Civil War and the Steamboat Eras. The Genosky collection contains documents and photographs dated from 1830-1980 and measures about 75 linear feet.
The National Catholic Band Association (at www.catholicbands.org) founded in 1953 promotes the Catholic School Band. The founding and official documents, records, schedules and photographs from the association are housed in the archives of the Brenner Library.
The Hyatt Folklore Collection, created by Dr. Harry Hyatt (1890-1980), is unique among folklore collections in the United States because it largely consists of data related to the study of African-American folklore. It contains notes, letters, documents, scrapbooks, and photographs collected in travels and research conducted by Dr. Hyatt in North Africa, Europe and the United States between 1920-1970.
The rare book collection occupies a special temperature controlled room in the library and numbers 4,000 volumes. Among these will be found 57 of the oldest and rarest books in print. These prized 57 are called "Incunabula" and are registered with the United States Library of Congress.
In the course of his life as a writer and professor at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Fr. Francis Boria Steck, O.F.M. (1884-1962) began to collect books pertinent to his work resulting in what is now called the Fraborese Library. This collecting resulted in some 5,000 volumes concentrating on four specialized areas.
The Tibesar Japanese Collection was created as a result of the missionary work of Fr. Leopold Tibesar a Maryknoll missionary to China and Japan between 1927-1959. Fr. Tibesar (1898-1968) was a member of a large, well-known Quincy family which included his brother, Fr. Seraphin Tibesar former president of Quincy University.
History of Quincy University 1860-1912
Jubilee is a published keepsake that celebrates St. Francis Solanus College's 52nd year since its foundation in 1860. This document records everything from the college's humble beginnings to its then current accomplishments of 1912.
Fr. Tolton was born as slave on a plantation in central Missouri. As as small child, he fled with his family to Quincy at the start of the Civil War. He was drawn to the priesthood from an early age but because of his race he was not accepted into any seminaries in the US. Instead, he received his training at the Vatican. He was ordained in 1886 and returned to Quincy to head a parish for African-American Catholics.