Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Abbot Bernard H. Pennings

Father Pennings, president of St. Norbert College for fifty-seven years, began his life in America as a missionary. He moved to De Pere within five years, was blessed as the first American Norbertine in 1925, witnessed the growth of the College into a fully accredited American institution of higher learning, and in his declining years in a press conference stated, "The best thing 'we' ever did was to found St. Norbert College."

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F.G. Parmentier

Francis Gordon Parmentier (1923 - 2008)

Francis Gordon Parmentier, composer and native
of Green Bay, who attended St. Norbert College. Parmentier served in the military in France during World War II. After completing his military service, he attended the Sorbonne Conservatory of Music in Paris and received an advanced degree in music composition.

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J.R.R. Tolkien Collection

In November 2012, Professor Dr. Robert Boyer donated his personal correspondence of J.R.R. Tolkien to the St. Norbert College Special Collections. The collection includes J.R.R. Tolkien's letters to Dr. Robert Boyer,one handwritten, one typed - no reference to any literary work, references to W.H. Auden. Also donated was a letter from Humphrey Carpenter requesting permission to use Dr. Boyer's letter from Tolkien within a book he had been collaborating with Christopher Tolkien.


Lloyd Alexander Collection

In August 2012, Professor Robert Boyer donated his personal collection of Lloyd Alexander's published works. The collection also includes correspondences between Boyer and Alexander, including Christmas cards and letters. Lloyd Alexander had been a very successful author in young adult fantasy literature. His works include, "Time Cat," "Chronicles of Prydain," and the "Golden Dreams of Carlo Chuchio."

W.H. Auden Collection

In January 2014, Robert Boyer, emeritus professor of English at St. Norbert College, donated his W.H. Auden collection to the Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library archives at the college. The collection includes Auden's published works, and correspondence between Boyer and the author's fellow student, Herbert Howarth. 

Herbert Howarth was Boyer's teacher and dissertation director at the University of Pennsylvania. Howarth attended Oxford University where he was tutored by the same tutor of W. H.  Auden, Nevill Coghill. Coghill had been the tutor of Auden ten years before Howarth for his post doctorate work. 

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