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.