Welcome to this project site! If you are a bit of a bibliophile, with a healthy dose of history-nerd, this site is the place to be.

This website is part of the Social Life of Books course, a collaborative digitization project made up of seven member colleges of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The purpose of this course is for its student researchers to take unique books from their local archives and highlight the life they lived as well as the impact they had on the local community utilizing various digital tools to expand accessibility.

The main focus of this site is the legacy of Dr. Leslie Poste as it relates to Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo, and the three books that he donated to its Special Collections during his retirement.

Dr. Leslie Poste was a different kind of soldier during WWII, as he served in the Monuments Men unit. His page on this site will provide a brief biography, from his time as a soldier to his retirement from teaching at SUNY Geneseo, as well as an interactive timeline of this part of his life. Learn more about this soldier librarian here!

The page for Poste’s Donations provides links to the donations themselves, as well as an interview with the former Acquisitions Librarian at Milne who knew him well. The sections for each book have histories, facts, and picture galleries, with some interactive twists! Join in the fun here!

Additionally, please visit the About page to find out more about the author.

Finally, the Bibliography page provides the sources for this project.