A local magician, John H. Percival, gave his collection of books on magic to the Library in 1970, after which the Library had a week-long celebration honoring him for his gift. There are some 1,200 books and pamphlets in the collection, as well as several sets of periodicals. A few of the books, including ones by Blackstone and Houdini, are inscribed to Mr. Percival by their authors.

Learn more about John H. Percival at our online exhibition of material from the collection.

Find Percival Collection books in the online catalog by performing a call number search for "John H. Percival". [In process.]

View the guide to the Ephemera and Periodicals collection.