Trinity’s Watkinson Library Receives Donation of 10,000 Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Extensive Collection Featured in ‘Hartford Courant’ Article

​Hartford, Connecticut, July 21, 2017 – The Watkinson Library at Trinity College has received a collection of more than 10,000 comic books, 200 graphic novels, and several comics reference books which will be available for public viewing after it has been organized, cataloged, and archived.

Richard Ring, head curator of the Watkinson Library, said that the collection was donated to Trinity by Marcus Leab, a collector from Maple Grove, Minnesota, who lived in Connecticut in his youth. Read Leab’s own account of his collection here.

This acquisition was the subject of a recent Hartford Courant article written by Susan Dunne. Ring told Dunne that he was excited to receive the cache and added that he would like to add to the library’s collection of pop culture items. “This is a nice starter set for us. It’s exciting. We hope it’s the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

The comic books, which range in date from the 1950s to the present day, include superhero characters such as Wonder Woman and Doctor Strange, and popular franchises like “Star Wars” and “The X-Files.”

The Watkinson Library serves as a public research library, the rare book and special collections of the Trinity College Library, and the repository of the College archives. It is located on the main floor of the Raether Library and Information Technology Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Watkinson contains more than 200,000 printed volumes ranging in date from the 15th century to the present.

For more details about the new collection of comic books, e-mail richard.ring@trincoll.edu.