The Lehman Engel Collection is named for its donor, A. Lehman Engel, (1910-1982) a Jackson-born musician, composer, conductor, author and teacher. The collection consists of his personal library which he transferred to Millsaps over a period of 20 years, the balance being willed to the library upon his death in 1982. Numbering approximately 3,000 volumes, the collection is strong in the arts, particularly music and literature, but it is quite eclectic with an interesting variety that reflects its collector. Mr. Engel, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Millsaps in 1971, also donated his collection of LP recordings which is equally strong on the musical theatre. A classmate and friend of renowned author Eudora Welty, Mr. Engel graduated from Central High School in Jackson and is buried in Beth Israel cemetery near the Millsaps campus. The library owns copies of correspondence between Mr. Engel and Miss Welty.