Partnering with Time Warner Cable, C-SPAN’s Book TV and American History TV periodically visit a U.S. city and present a weekend of programming that features interesting people, places, and events in the local community.
On June 15-16 it was Raleigh’s turn in the spotlight–and the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) was highlighted in a segment on the Frederich Tippmann Entomology collection of books and drawings.
A Viennese engineer and prolific amateur entomologist, Tippmann created a vast collection of specimens that include, among other things, more than 100,000 Longhorn beetles of nearly 3000 genera and 1500 species from across the globe. After his death, his specimens were purchased by the Smithsonian and his books—including some of the rarest entomological texts in existence—came to NC State.
Scroll down a bit in the “Book TV” section on C-SPAN’s Raleigh page to see the program featuring Eli Brown, Head of the SCRC, and filmed in D. H. Hill’s Special Collection Reading Room.