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Professor Ernest W. McDonnell was a faculty member of the History Department at Rutgers University for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He was a scholar of medieval history, authoring "The Beguines and Beghards in Medieval Culture" and "Memorial to Peter Charanis." Professor McDonnell donated his personal library of 8,000 scholarly volumes to the Rutgers University Libraries upon his retirement.

The Medieval Studies collections in the Rutgers University Libraries benefit from the estate of Professor Ernest McDonnell, who passed away in March 1995, leaving close to $700,000 to the Libraries to establish the Ernest McDonnell Medieval Culture Seminar Room in Alexander Library.

To request books for the Rutgers Library Collection, fill out this form

Members of the McDonnell Committee include:

François Cornilliat, Department of French (July 2017- June 2021)
Stacy Klein (July 2015-June 2019), Departments of English and Women's and Gender Studies 
Jim Niessen, Alexander Library (ex-officio) 
Sarah Novacich, Department of English (July 2015-June 2019) )
Steven Reinert, Department of History (July 2017-June 2021), Chair 

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