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The Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries

In December 1969 Warren N. Cordell, an alumnus of Indiana State University and senior executive with A. C. Nielsen Company in Chicago, donated 453 early English dictionaries in both his and his wife Suzanne's name. This donation began Cordell's long involvement in building the Cordell Collection of Dictionaries, with the main emphasis on pre-1901 imprints and a a secondary emphasis on dictionaries and word books published thereafter. A National Endowment for the Humanities grant received in July 1970 allowed the purchase of 434 editions, many in multiple volumes, over the next two years. It also provided seed money for the establishment of a book conservation program and the fostering of scholarly activities related to lexicography. In 1973, when the Special Collections Department opened its doors for the first time, the original gift was transferred to a specially designed Cordell Room adjoining the lobby area of the department.

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Cordell Research Fellowship Program

An endowment has been established to help defray some of the expenses of individuals traveling to Terre Haute to use the Cordell Collection of Dictionaries for research. For information about eligibility and guidelines, print out the announcement , contact the department by telephone at 812 237-2610, or e-mail Special Collections.

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