For many years the books in the classics library and lounge on the third floor of Morrison Hall have served as ready reference for the faculty and student members of Baylor’s Classics Department. The core of that collection was formed from the personal library of Professor Henry Trantham, a Baylor classics professor in the early to mid-20th century. On his retirement he donated many of his books to the university.
In June of 2014 the classics library received a gift of two paintings by Prof. Trantham’s wife Mollie Collier Trantham in the 1930s. Marian Drake, who was born in Waco, grew up in Dallas and now makes her home in Oregon donated her grandmother’s paintings to Baylor. She noted that she will miss having them in her home but has had them photographed and will hang the photos in their place. She added, “I’m so glad Baylor will hang my grandmother's paintings in the Trantham Classics Library. The paintings will now find their rightful place in Texas.”
Both works are landscapes of natural areas around Lake Waco. The larger piece, titled October Grasses, was painted about 1930 near the wetlands at the lake shore. Marian’s mother, Nancy Trantham and her uncle the late Joe Trantham, as young teenagers, were watching Mrs. Trantham paint this tranquil scene.
The Classics Department faculty and staff are glad that Baylor students and faculty members will be able to enjoy these paintings in our departmental library.
Marian Drake and Daniel Nodes