By K.C. IFEANYI
Prescott Memorial Library will add new literature, music,
history and theater books to its collection, but with a little something extra.
Bookplates honoring the late John and Frances Winters
will be added to the back of the front cover of each new book in the special
collection. Frances Winters began working as a librarian at Tech shortly after
John Winters began teaching in 1948.
“[John Winters] was the best history teacher Tech has
ever had,” Walter Wicker, director of the library, said. Wicker also said that
John Winters wrote “The Civil War in Louisiana” in 1963 which was basically the
textbook of the time.
Wicker said the Winters were chosen to be honored not
only for their loyalty and contributions to Tech, but to the community as well.
Wicker said another reason the Winters are receiving
their own collection was that when they passed away, nothing was really done in
“We thought the bookplates would be a better memorial
than a statue,” Wicker said.
Wicker said the subjects of the new books were selected
due to the Winters’ profound love of each topic, especially Frances, who was a
librarian at Tech.
Sue McFadden, a librarian, said she remembers Frances
Winters as “a dear, sweet lady” who was very dedicated to the library.
Wicker said Frances helped make the library what it is
today when she became head of acquisitions, which meant she was in charge of
ordering the books the library used.
Wicker said once the bookplates are completed and when
the new books arrive, some will be placed on display outside the library to let
students know of their arrival.
Christie Jones, a senior architecture major, said she is
excited to see what the new books are going to be.
“I think it’s a great thing the library is doing,” Jones
said. “Even though I’ve never met [the Winters] before, I’ve heard good things
Although the Winters have passed away, both Wicker and
McFadden said they have fond memories of the couple.
“I remember sitting behind [Mrs. Winters] during the Lady
Techsters games,” Wicker said. “She had always been an ardent follower of
McFadden, who was a student of John’s, remembers him
being “an excellent teacher, very thorough and interested in his topic.”
However, McFadden also said she was sometimes intimidated
by his class.
“He was just so knowledgeable,” McFadden said.
Wicker said he hopes that by adding the bookplates, the
memory of the Winters will live on. Even though he never got an opportunity to
work with the Winters, Wicker remembers them as being “wonderful friends.”