Philip Mills Arnold Papers
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Biographical / Historical Note

A Washington University alumnus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Philip Arnold was a veteran supporter of University Libraries for almost 40 years. A generous donor to Special Collections, Arnold began collecting rare books as an undergraduate at the University, and his interest -- and collection -- grew during his worldwide travels as vice president for research and development for Phillips Petroleum Co.

In 1966, the Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection was established at the University. This body of material relating to the study of signs and symbols continued to be supplemented by Arnold's gifts. In addition, Arnold built other distinguished collections, including early books on comets and early editions of the medieval philosopher Boethius. Upon Arnold's death in 1995, the libraries received the bequest, as well as his entire estate.