Books Available for Adoption

The books available for adoption below are part of our Rare Books Collection or Pennsylvania Collection, held in the University Archives and Special Collections.

To adopt a book, click the Adopt this book link. You will be directed to a page where you can arrange for your donation to support the University Libraries and conservation of our rare books.

If you have any questions, please contact Harrison Wick, University Archivist, at or by phone at 724-357-3039.

Full Conservation

Beale Johnstown Flood BookBeale Johnstown Flood Book Second Copy

Beale, David J. (1890). Through the Johnstown Flood by a survivor: a thrilling, truthful, and official history of the most appalling calamity of modern times. Call Number: F159 .J7 B3 1890.

Adopt this book ($1,000)

History of the Johnstown Flood - Image 1History of the Johnstown Flood - Image 2

Johnson, Willis Fletcher. (1889). History of the Johnstown Flood full accounts also of the destruction on the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers. Call Number: F159 .J7 1889. First published account of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.

Adopt this book ($1,000)

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg - Cover DetailFiftieth Anniversy of the Battle of Gettysburg - Title Page Photo

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg; report of the Pennsylvania Commission. Call Number E475.57 .P4. Signed by Pennsylvania Governor John S. Fisher (IUP alumni)

Adopt this book ($1,000)

Geographical System of Herodotus ImageRennell, James. (1800). The geographical system of Herodotus, examined, and explained, by a comparison with those of other ancient authors, and with modern geography. Call Number: G87 .H5 R4 1800.

Adopt this book ($1,000)

Conservation and Clamshell Case

Lord of the Isles ImageScott, Walter (1815). The Lord of the Isles: a poem. Call Number: PR5310 .A1 1815. Fore-edge painting (extremely rare).

Adopt this book ($750)

Deacidification and Clamshell Case

Jonathan Troy cover photo.Abbey, Edward. (1954). Jonathan Troy. Call Number: PS3551 .B2 J6 1954. First book by author and environmentalist Edward Abbey, a native of Home, Pennsylvania who attended IUP. 2 copies in need of conservation.

Adopt this book ($500)

For the Fun Of It cover photoEarhart, Amelia. (1932). For the fun of it: random records of my own flying and of women in aviation. Call Number: TL540 .E3 A3 1932. Signed copy.

Adopt this book ($500)

Barnaby Rudge Cover PhotoDickens, Charles. (1842). Barnaby Rudge. Printed in London. Call Number: PR4555 .A1 1842. First edition, published under the pseudonym Boz.

Adopted by Daniel Shively

Clamshell Case

Dicken's The Haunted ManDickens, Charles. (1848). The haunted man and the ghost's bargain: a fancy for Christmas-time. Printed in London. Call Number: PR4572 .H3 1848. First edition.

Adopt this book ($200)

Doge of Venice Title PageByron, Lord George Gordon. (1821). Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice: An historical tragedy, in five acts. London, England: John Murray. Call Number: PR4366 .A1 1821. Original paper binding, originally sold for 12 shillings.

Adopt this book ($200)

The Seasons - Fore-edge painting photoThomson, James. (1802). The Seasons, a New Edition, adorned with plates. Call Number: PR3732 .S4 1802. Fore-edge painting (extremely rare).

Adopt this book ($200)