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The St. Ambrose University Library's collection includes more than 180,000 volumes, including books, serials, microforms, videos, and compact discs. The Library subscribes to over 700 serial publications annually.

The Special Collections and Archives contains materials related to the history of St. Ambrose University including: yearbooks, school newspapers, photographs, faculty theses, faculty and alumni publications, collective works of retired faculty, and other works related to the Catholic faith.

The Leisure Reading Collection has popular fiction and non-fiction for checkout by St. Ambrose faculty, staff, and students only. It is located on the first floor of the Library in a bookcase behind the Information Desk. If you would like to be notified when new books are added to the collection, contact Joyce Haack, ext. 6247, and she will add your name to the email notification list.

The SAU Digital Collection contains the Catich Digital Collection, SAU Yearbooks, Lewis Letters, Car Journal, and the Pacem in Terris Award.

Irish Collections

McCaffrey Irish History Collection

A gift from Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey to St. Ambrose University
The St. Ambrose University Library's collection of books and materials on Ireland, the Irish peoples and the Irish in America has been significantly enhanced by the generous gift of Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey '49. The following pages list the titles, authors, and call numbers of the books placed in our collection, as well as the many unusual and interesting article reprints which are kept in our Special Collections area.

BOOKS List of books added to St. Ambrose University Library's circulating collection.
ADDITIONAL BOOKS added in 2009
ARTICLE REPRINTS List of items placed in St. Ambrose University Library Special Collections.    

The Timothy Walch Collection of Irish and Catholic Americana

A gift from Dr. Timothy Walch to St. Ambrose University
Dr. Timothy Walch, retired Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, has donated his private collection of Irish and Catholic Americana books to the Library at St. Ambrose University. The collection includes books on Irish artists, biographies of Irish figures, novels, and Irish American culture. The donation is being provided over a three year span beginning in 2005, with approximately 600 books being received each year. The books join the Lawrence McCaffrey Irish History collection at the Library to comprise one of the largest Irish Studies collections in the region. The following documents list the titles, authors, and call numbers of the books added to our collection.

Kenneth J. Hartman Collection of Manned Space Flight

Dr. Kenneth J. Hartman, St. Ambrose College Class of 1939, donated his private collection of books and videos on the manned space flight programs in the United States and Russia to the St. Ambrose University Library.

Hartman worked as a human factors engineer for North American Aviation, the company that built the Apollo command module that ferried men to the moon. His role was to act as liaison between the astronauts and the design engineers.

Hartman went on to work for McDonald Douglas and as an instructor of statistics and math before retiring in Oregon. Additional information about Dr. Hartman can be found in the Library's Special Collections & Archives on the third floor.

Books in the Hartman Collection
Dr. Kenneth J. Hartman Collection Of Manned Space Flight

Agle, D. (1999). Heroes of Space: a Three Dimensional Tribute to 40 Years of Space Exploration. Santa Monica, CA: Intervisual Books. SPEC COLL TL 793 .A35 1999.

Anan'eva, E. (2004). Kosmonavtika: Dopolnitelnyi tom. Moskva: Avanta. TL788.K67 2004.

Bartos, A. (2001). Kosmos: A Portrait of the Russian Space Age. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. TR 655 .B278 2001.

Belew, L. (1973). Skylab: A Guidebook. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. TL 789.8 .U6 S553 1973.

Bond, P. (2008). Jane's Space Recognition Guide. London: Collins. TL 790.

Boomhower, R. (2004). Gus Grissom: the Lost Astronaut. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press. TL 789.85 .G7 B66 2004.

Burrough, B. (1998). Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard MIR. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. TL 867 .B87 1998.

Burrows, W. (1998). This New Ocean: the Story of the First Space Age. New York: Random House. QB 500.262 .B87 1998.

Cadbury, D. (2006). Space Race: the Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of S pace. New York: Harper Collins. TL 789.8 .U5 C33 2006.

Cassutt, M. (1993). Who's Who in Space. New York: Macmillan. TL 788.5 .C37 1993.

Chaikin, A. (1999). A Man on the Moon. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books. 3 volumes. TL 789.8 .U6 A5244 1999.

Chaikin, A. (2007). A Man on the Moon: the Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. New York: Penguin Books. TL 789.8 .U6 A5244 2007.

Clarke, A. (1969). Man and Space. New York: Time-Life Books. TL 793 .C623 1969.

Conrad, N. (2005). Rocket Man: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond. New York: New American Library. TL 789.85 .C657 C66 2005.

Dick, S. (2007). America in Space: NASA's First Fifty Years. New York: Abrams. TL 521.312. A628 2007.

Dickson, P. (2003). Sputnik: the Shock of the Century. New York: Berkley Books. TL 796.5 S652 S664 2003.

Gatland, K. (1967). Manned Spacecraft. New York: Macmillan. TL 793. G34 1967.

Genta, G. (2003). Space, the Final Frontier? New York: Cambridge University Press. (TL 793 .G426 2003.

Glenn, J. (1999). John Glenn: A Memoir. New York: Bantam Books. E840.8 .G54 A3 1999.

Hansen, J. (2005). First Man: the Life of Neil A. Armstrong. New York: Simon & Schuster. TL 789.85 .A75 H36 2005.

Hart, D. (1987). The Encyclopedia of Soviet Spacecraft. New York: Exeter Books. TL 789.8 .R9 H37 1987.

Hoagland, R. (2007). Dark Mission: the Secret History of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Los Angeles: Feral House. TL521.312 .H63 2007.

Joels, K. (1982). The Space Shuttle Operator's Manual. New York: Ballantine Books. TL 795.5 .J63 1982.

Jones, T. (2006). Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir. New York: Smithsonian Books. TL 789.85 .J66 A3 2006.

Kranz, G. (2000). Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond. New York: Simon & Schuster. TL 873 .K73 2000.

Kyle, D. (1977). The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams. London: Hamlyn. PN 3448. S45 K89 1977.

Kyle, D. (1976). A Pictorial History of Science Fiction. London: Hamlyn. PN 3448. S45 K9 1976.

Launius, R. (1998). NASA & the Exploration of Space. New York: Stewart, Tabori & chang. TL 789.8 .U5 L38 1998.

Launius, R. (2003). Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books. TL 797 .L38 2003.

Lawrence, R. (2005). The Mammoth Book of Space Exploration and Disasters. New York: Carroll & Graf. TL 867 .M335 2005.

Library of Congress. Science Policy Research Division. (1975). Astronauts and Cosmonauts Biographical and Statistical Data. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. TL 789.85 .A1 U52 1975.

Light, M. (1999). Full Moon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. TL 789.8 .U6 L34.

Lovell, J. (2006). Apollo 13. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. TL 789.8 .U6 A5488.

Man in Space: An Illustrated History from Sputnik to Columbia. (2003). New York: Time, Inc. TL 790 .M36 2003.

Moon Race (videorecording). (1998). {S.l.]: Columbia River Entertainment Group. MEDIA TL 789.8 .U6 A5 1998

Matson, W. (1994). Cosmonautics: A Colorful History. Washington, DC: Cosmos Books. TL 788.5 .C67 1994.

Newkirk, D. (1990). Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight. Houston: Gulf Publishing Co. TL 789.8. S65 N48 1990.

Oberg, J. (2002). Star-Crossed Orbits: Inside the U.S.-Russian Space Alliance. New York: McGraw-Hill. TL 789.8 .U5 O2423 2002.

Pyle, R. (2005). Destination Moon: the Apollo Missions in the Astronauts' Own Words. New York: First Person Productions. TL 789.8 .U6 A575 2005.

Reichhardt, T (ed.). (2002). Space Shuttle: the First 20 Years. New York: PK Publishing. TL 795.5 .S586 2002.

Rocket & Space Era: Memorable Dates / Raketno-Kosmicheskaia epokha: pamiatnye daty. (2009). Moscow: Palitra Plus Publishing House. TL 789.8 R8 R354 2009.

Seymour, A. (2002). The Moon Book: a Lunar Pop-up Collection. New York: Universe Publishing. SPEC COLL QB 582 2002.

Smith, A. (2005). Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth. New York: Fourth Estate. TL 789.85 .A1 S563 2005.

Space Race: Race to the Moon (videorecording). (2007). Portland, OR: Columbia River Entertainment. MEDIA TL 789.8 .U5 S63 2007.

Thompson, N. (2004). Light This Candle: the Life and Times of Alan Shepard, America's First Spaceman. New York: Crown Publishers. TL 789.85 .S5 T49 2004.

Traa, M. (2005). Space Traveling. Lisse, the Netherlands: Rebo Publishers. TL788.5 .T73 2006.

Tymn, M. (1981). The Science Fiction Reference Book. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House. PN 3433.5 .S33 1981.

Verne, J. (2005). From the Earth to the Moon. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. PQ 2469. D3 E5 2005

Wagener, L. (2004). One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey. New York: Forge. TL 789.85 .A75 W34 2004.

Winchester, J. (2006). Space Missions: From Sputnik to Space Ship One. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press. TL 788.7 .S63 2006.

Zukowsky, J. (2001). 2001: Building for Space Travel. New York: Harry N. Abrams. TL 4015. A15 2001.


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