Q. What is the Fales Collection?


The Fales Collection was donated by DeCoursey Fales (1888–1966) to Manhattan College in the 1960’s in honor of his father, Haliburton Fales. Fales was a lawyer, banker, collector, bibliophile, and yachtsman. His collection of books and manuscripts included approximately 50,000 items pertaining to various British and American authors spanning the 18th and 20th centuries. Prior to his death, he donated the bulk of his collections to New York University, New York Public Library, the Morgan Library, and Manhattan College. Our collection includes the complete works of many famous authors, as well as biographical, historical, and manuscript material, published from 1715 to 1966. With more than 3,000 volumes in the collection, there is something for everyone, from the novels of Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie, to the plays of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Highlights of the collection include signed works by T.S. Eliot and Willa Cather, the first edition of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, and Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language, printed in 1756.

It is located in the Special Collection Room in the computer lab on the second floor (room 206).  The stacks are open so you can peruse the collection at anytime that the library is open. If you wish to just look at the titles you can do an advanced search limiting the collection to Fales or Dante in the library catalog.


  • Last Updated Nov 21, 2017
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