Provenance: Marine Science
Scope and Contents: Approximately 190 linear ft.
Acquired: Late 1980s and early 1990s
The Briggs Collection's rare and valuable ichthyology and natural history titles have served as a unique and important resource for students, faculty, and others since the late 1980s.
John C. Briggs earned his Ph.D. in biology and natural science from Stanford University in 1952 and joined the faculty at the University of South Florida in 1964, teaching in the zoology, biology and marine science departments. After entering phased retirement, he donated his extensive collection of works on ichthyology, natural science, botany, and biology to the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.
After the library obtained the titles, an initial sort of the books by science librarian Deborah Henry led to an arrangement by discipline (marine biology, theory of evolution, ichthyology, etc.) and content (fine illustrated, foreign language materials, textbooks, general studies, etc.).
Many of the titles, which span from the 16th to the 20th century, include fine illustrations, fore-edge paintings, lithographic prints, and unique bindings. Most of the collection's monographic titles possess full bibliographic records searchable through the library's online catalog.