Texas Tech University

History and Mission Statement

History of The Remnant Trust

The Remnant Trust began with a conversation about education and getting people to think. It was stated "The only thing that excites professors are old books". It was decided the collection should focus on the ideas of liberty and dignity and the time period prior to the 20th century. The Remnant Trust was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 1999.

Purpose of The Remnant Trust

Placing such "great and rare documents" in the hands of faculty and students may well lead to an improvement of their minds and spirits—directly and deliberately stimulated with the ideas inside those works and in accordance with the higher laws of life acknowledged by an engaged populus. So The Remnant Trust provide for use these works—The Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum—to put forth a body of ideas, moral habits and beliefs, conventions and customs of the past to bridge time itself, and to invite students, faculty, and the public alike to join in intellectual conversations.

The Remnant Trust makes available to the general public, a world class collection of manuscripts, 1st and early edition works, for use in original form. Collections of this magnitude and quality are found deep in the archives of prestigious institutions, under lock and key and accessible only to a privileged few. By contrast The Remnant Trust's vision has always been to provide the opportunity for people to hold, examine, read and discuss the pieces of the collection.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Remnant Trust is to elevate educational standards & the public's understanding of individual liberty & human dignity through the precedent setting, hands on availability of the world's great ideas in original form...To raise consciousness of the most significant documents that have shaped America: The Great Experiment...to raise the spirits of each generation to think the grandest thoughts & be guided by the most profound idealism, implementing Emerson's thesis on Man Thinking...to provide, through sharing, those works moving Goethe's vision into reality: to think is easy, to act is hard, but the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with one's thinking...to be the world's finest repository of the great ideas that have propelled Man through the centuries from the earth to the stars...to be free, to think, speak & act in keeping with the greatest of enduring assets: Reason, with justice for all...Great ideas belong to everyone.