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Barbara Loftus Perrone Night Before Christmas Collection In Memory of Charles C. Perrone

 Collection — other: NA
Identifier: 009
This growing collection contains nearly 400 items including books, clippings, sound and video recordings, collectibles and ephemera of Clement C. Moore's 1823 poem, "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas or: The Night Before Christmas." The Night Before Christmas Collection is the result of the Perrones' years of book collecting. The first volume purchased was an 1896 version of the poem illustrated by the McLoughlin Brothers. The focus of the collection is on the illustration of the poem from its first publishing date to today. The majority of the materials in the collection wasdonated by Barbara Loftus Perrone in honor of her husband, Charles C. Perrone; additionally, materials have been purchased by the library and other interested librarians. Materials in the collection can be found by searching the Library's Catalog, PILOT. The attached PDF inventory also lists each item and its call number and is updated yearly with new additions to the collection.


  • 1837-2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 1998


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


401 Items (Books shelved on shelves. Ephemera and artifacts in boxes.)

401 Items


The Barbara Loftus Perrone Night Before Christmas Collection in Memory of Charles C. Perrone contains books, collectibles and ephemeral materials related to Clement C. Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas poem.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Barbara Loftus Perrone (Class of 1956) and her husband, Charles C. Perrone (Class of 1950), met at West Chester University in 1954. They had three children, who also attended West Chester. The couple enjoyed collecting; as a result they acquired a large library of unique titles and first editions. Charles C. Perrone died in 1999.

Source of Acquisition

Barbara Loftus Perrone
Method of Acquisition Donation

Accruals and Additions

New titles and materials added yearly.
Barbara Loftus Perrone Night Before Christmas Collection In Memory of Charles C. Perrone
Tara R. Wink
Fall 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the West Chester University Archives Repository