LaBudde | Snyder Collection
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The Snyder Collection began as the private collection of Robert M. Snyder, Jr., a prominent Kansas City businessman in the early part of the 20th century. The collection was purchased by William Volker after the death of Snyder in 1937. That same year, Volker anonymously donated the entire collection, then equaling some 14,000 titles, to the University of Kansas City (now University of Missouri at Kansas City). The collection was moved from Ha Ha Tonka Castle, the Ozark home of Snyder, by Clarence R. Decker of the University's English department and future president of the University, who made the 300-mile trip five times. (Ha Ha Tonka Castle was destroyed by fire in 1942. The ruins now serve as a historical focal point of Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Missouri.)
The heart of the collection is the Snyder Collection of Americana - the foundation rare book collection of LaBudde Special Collections - focusing on western Americana and local history. The Snyder name continues to serve as a designation for many of the department's broader library of cataloged material in this subject area, as documented in the UMKC Library Catalog (MERLIN). To date, the collection comprises roughly 30,000 titles, including books, periodicals, theses/dissertations, and other published material.
In addition, the Snyder Collection includes an assortment of manuscript material (archival collections) made available through department-created finding aids.