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Eric Shoaf Donates Collection to UNCG in Honor of his Mother, Class of ‘52

The UNCG Libraries have received a donation by Eric C. Shoaf of a collection of books on the history of the guitar in popular music given in honor of his mother, Jane Sarsfield Shoaf, Class of 1952. The collection includes more than 500 items, focusing on guitar selections, biographies on great master guitarists, guitar repairs, and guitar learning courses. Eric is the Assistant Dean for Administration of the Library at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Sarah Dorsey, Head of Music Library at UNCG, was very impressed by the rich contents of the donated collection. She praises the generosity of Eric Shoaf and points out that the fact that our library has not been collecting in this area for years means that this gift fills a long-standing gap in our collection. “Our students and faculty will benefit for years to come,” Ms. Dorsey commented. Mac Nelson, Cello Cataloger at UNCG and a life-long guitarist, also offers his insight to this collection, “it is comprehensive in its coverage not only of guitarists but also of the instrument itself. Many of the books are stunningly beautiful as well as substantive and authoritative.”

To acknowledge this donation, a bookplate was designed and is placed in each book. An acknowledgement note is also present in the Libraries’ online cataloging to recognize the donation.