Rhinehart Collection

The Bill and Maureen Rhinehart Collection on British History is a continually growing rare book collection of over 1,000 volumes that covers a wide array of topics and time periods in British history. Publications date from the 1500s through the early 20th century. The collection developed from the Rhinehart's personal library about British history.

Collection Highlights

  • History of Great Britain (over 200 titles)
  • British Nobility, Aristocracy, and Court
  • Art, design, and architecture
  • English Customs
  • European Royalty
  • Literature
  • Military History
  • Religion
  • Parliament and Law
  • Women
  • Primary Sources (i.e., correspondence and memoirs)
  • Examples of British book production: binding, typography, printing, papermaking, and illustration


The Rhinehart Collection: An Annotated Bibliography is available in three volumes. All three are searchable through the search box on the Special Collections homepage or individually below. Volumes I and II conclude with author and short title indexes.

  • Volume I by M. John Higby. Includes initial donation of 2005 and additions from 2006.
  • Volume II by M. John Higby. Includes additions 2007-2010.
  • Volume III by Marjon Ames and M. John Higby. Includes additions 2011-2014.

About the Rhineharts

Bill Rhinehart is an alumnus of Appalachian State University who lives with his wife, Maureen, in New York City. Both Bill and Maureen had careers in education and developed a love of British history, which is manifested in their rare book collection. Read more.

The Rhinehart Room

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room is located on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons and houses the Rhinehart Collection.  The room can be reserved for small, lecture-style classes or events.  To schedule, please contact Melody Campbell at cmpbllmk@appstate.edu or 828.262.2188.


How to Use the Collection

Please visit the Using Archives, Manuscripts, and Rare Books page to learn how to use this collection.