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June 22, 2000

Civil War books donated to UPB

The Hanley Library at the Bradford campus and the Bradford Area Public Library have benefited from a collection of Civil War books.

Following Kenneth C. Heller's death, his wife Maxine donated his extensive collection of Civil

War books and materials to the Hanley Library.

Trisha Morris, director of Hanley Library, said: "We added over 300 titles from the donation to our circulating collection. Had the library purchased the books new, it would have been over $4,000."

Since some books were duplications of existing holdings, the Hanley gave those to the Bradford Area Public Library.

Heller spent his life amassing the collection, his wife said. "We used to take trips to Gettysburg quite often, nearly once a year," she said. "He spent more than 30 years collecting those books. He loved them. He'd be glad that people are sharing his interest." 

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