Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection

The Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection houses books by and about Mark Twain. Included in the collection are several rare first editions, signed copies, periodicals, memorabilia, and authentic letters written by Mark Twain. The collection was donated to McKee Library by Duane and Eunice Bietz in 2009.


This is a rare collection of artifacts, signed copies, first editions, and Twain-related items. Duane Bietz, cardiac surgeon and brother of the former university president, along with his wife, Eunice, chose to donate the several-hundred-piece collection to Southern’s library because they wanted to increase the library’s resources. The collection strengthens the library by adding uniqueness and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to research Mark Twain and his life works.

A Brief History

Duane and Eunice Bietz donated this collection to McKee Library in 2009. Additions to this collection have been made every year since then by the donors.

Research Aids

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