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Rare Book Collections

An introduction to the major rare book collections held in FSU Special Collections & Archives

Julia Stover and Milton Washington Carothers Memorial Collection of Bibles and Rare Books


Augustine Saint, Bishop of Hippo; Basil Saint, Bishop of Caesarea ca. 329-379; Cranmer, Thomas 1489-1556; Jugge, Richard ca. 1514-1577; Parker, Matthew 1504-1575; London: Richard Jugge, 1568.

Milton S. Carothers was a Tallahassee native and FSU graduate who later returned to FSU to become the Presbyterian campus minister from 1982-1999. He was a collector of early English bibles and other rare books and donated his collection to FSU in 1982 as a memorial collection for his mother and father, Julia Stover and Milton Washington Carothers. Collection highlights include a page from the Gutenberg Bible, an incunable Latin Bible printed by Johann Froben (1491), a 1560 Geneva “Breeches” Bible, and a second impression of the first edition of the King James Bibles (1611).

Locating Materials in the Carothers Collection

Steps for searching the Carothers Collection:

  1. Open the library catalog Advanced Search
  2. Type “Carothers Collection” in the keyword box, including quotes
  3. Select “Strozier, Special Collections” from the Location drop-down menu
  4. Click “Search”

Items from the collection can also be viewed on the digital exhibit Book of Kings, King of Books: Early Printed Bibles from the Carothers Collection.

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