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Mary Church Terrell Main Library
148 W College St. Oberlin, OH 44074-1545


The main visitor lot is the east Service Building lot, and the south row of the Carnegie Building lot for visitors to offices within that building.

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About the Donor

Walter Tunks standing in white religious robes reading from text with a suited man standing beside him, black and white photo.

walter Tunks (on right)

Dr. Walter F. Tunks served for 23 years as the Rector of St. Paul's Church in Akron, Ohio.

Oberlin College Library received the Walter F. Tunks Collection of Dime Novels in 1959 as a gift from friends of Walter F. Tunks, Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Frank. Mr. Frank was himself a Trustee of Oberlin College.

Tunk's parish church had members belonging to an organization called the Oxford Group which was instrumental in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Tunks is named during a phone call scene during the play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, which has as its subject the people and circumstances which led to AA. In addition to his service to AA members and St. Paul's Church, Tunks was an enthusiastic collector of dime novels and "wild west" books, and an avid fisherman.

Reverend Walter Tunks, black and white photo.

Rev. Walter Tunks