Endowments

Endowment funds provide a valuable opportunity to invest in the future of higher education. Each fund serves as a permanent financial resource that generates annual income for a designated purpose. In this way, donors create a living legacy that spans generations. Library endowment funds are established with gifts of $25,000 or more, payable over a five-year period. The income is used according to the wishes of the donor and typically benefits a specific Library collection, program, or service.

 

If you have questions about—or want to establish—an endowment fund, please contact the Library’s Office of Advancement.

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Agricultural Communications Documentation Center Fund

To support the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center

Agriculture and Home Economics Class of 1941 Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Library

Donald and Marilyn M. Ainsworth Fund In Memory of Carolyn Smith Ainsworth

To provide support for the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

Donald and Marilyn M. Ainsworth Library Endowment

To support the University Archives for Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports Information

Waco W. and Betty Jean Albert Fund

To support the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Libraries

Felix Albrecht Memorial Fund for The Mathematics Library

For the acquisition of books and/or journals or their electronic equivalents for the Mathematics Library

An Anonymous Fund From Generous Library Friends

To support the Mathematics and Physics Libraries

Nancy Anderson Mathematics Library Endowment Fund

Matching gift fund to benefit the Mathematics Library

Winfield S. and Evalene K. Angus Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

James W. and Beth L. Armsey Library Fund

To benefit the Library Fund for the purchasing of new printed books for the College of Communications Library and the History and Philosophy Library for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dorothy C. Armstrong Library Endowment Fund

To support the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

Richard Allen Avner and Elaine S. Avner Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of Judaica materials and machine-searchable databases for the Reference, Map and Geography, and Newspaper Libraries and the Illinois Historical Survey

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The Harold E. and Margaret K. Balbach Fund

To support the Biology Library

Lyle E. and Lois R. Bamber Fund

To support the Biology Library

Rose D. Briem/lita J. Bane Library Endowment Fund

For environmental sciences materials in the Biology Library

The Jayne W. Barnard Ricker Library of Architecture and Art Fund

To support acquisitions in the Ricker Library

Andrew Barr World War II Archives Fund

For acquisition, processing, exhibition, conservation, and reference use of the Third Armored Division Association Archives in the University Archives

Russel E. Benway Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

The Berthold Family Fund

To support acquisitions, preservation, library professorships and fellowships, facilities, and any other activities deemed appropriate to enhance access by and services to students and faculty

Eugene P. Bertin Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Chemistry Library

The Arthur E. Biallas Memorial Library Endowment Fund

To support the acquisition of materials related to the preservation of historic buildings and other structures and American architectural history in the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

Mary Kathryn Bieniecki Memorial Endowment Fund

To support the School Collection of literature for children and young adults in the Education and Social Science Library

Paul E. Bierley Sousa Research and Preservation Endowment Fund

To support ongoing research in and access to the John Philip Sousa collections in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Biology Library Endowment Fund

To support the Biology Library

Donald L. and Maryann D. Bitzer Endowment Fund

For the acquisition and preservation of Library materials and equipment

Donald L. and Maryann D. Bitzer Grainger Engineering Library Information Center Endowment Fund

To support state-of-the-art information services at the Grainger Engineering Library

Robert O. Blissard Endowment Fund

To support the Library Annual Fund, the Carl Sandburg Collection in memory of his parents Frances E. and Rollin P. Blissard, and the Gene Rinkel/H.G. Wells Acquisition Fund

Robert O. Blissard

John K. Bouseman Natural History Survey Library Endowment Fund

To support the collections of the Natural History Survey Library

Marshall, Emily J. and G. Raymond Brannon Endowment Fund

For the purchase of books, periodicals, and other resources in the Agriculture Library

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Roderick P. C. Caldwell Memorial Endowment Fund

To support the Mathematics Library

Winifred A. Caldwell Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of materials for the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

Dorothy Carmichael Diiorio Fund

For the acquisition of books and materials for the Undergraduate Library

Robert D. Carmichael Memorial Collection Endowment Fund

For the purchase of rare mathematics volumes

Brent Reed Centlivre Endowment Fund

To support the Library Friends Endowment Fund

David C. Chang Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of materials relating to East Asia

Chemistry Library Endowment Fund

To support the Chemistry Library

Marianna Tax Choldin Fund

To support the activities of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

Clifford Family Library Endowment Fund

To support the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

The Otto and Marlys Coelln Fund for The Preservation of Communications and Media Library Materials Fund

For the preservation of library materials and collections pertaining to communications, advertising, and media, such as radio, newspaper, television, and telecommunications

Bruce C. Creamer Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Illinois Historical Survey


One thing that is special about our library is that for many people it becomes a key part of what it means to be a member of the scholarly community at Illinois.

–John P. Caughlin

BA, 1991

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Mary Ann Diller Library Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Gaylord and Dorothy R. Donnelly Endowment Fund

To support the Reference Library

Charles E. and Esther P. Duncan Commerce Library Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Commerce Library

Paul B. Dusenberry Library Endowment Fund

To support the Engineering Library

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Robert O. Endres Endowment Fund

To support the University Library

Engineering Library Endowment Fund

To support the Engineering Library

Phyllis B. Erwin Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of rare books

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Ralph T. and Ruth M. Fisher Library Endowment Fund

To support the Slavic and East European Library

The Guy C. Fraker Endowed Library Fund

To provide ongoing support for the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections and the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Memorial Law Library

Arden Earl French Memorial Endowment Fund

To support the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

James E. and Sue E. Freytag Library Endowment Fund

To support the Isaac Funk Family Library for Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the Education and Social Sciences Library

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Gee-jackson Library Fund

For the purchase of rare books

Geology Library Fund

Established by Harriet E. Wallace to benefit the Geology Library

James B. and Emily J. Gillespie Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Dorothea H. Gilpin Rare Book and Special Collections Library Fund

To support the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

James M. and Mary Marsh Givens Endowment Fund

For materials relating to Charles Dickens and Dickensiana

Tracey K. Glancy Endowment Fund

To support the University Library

E. Kenneth Gray Fund

For rare books and collections as first priority, with second priority for unrestricted support

Suzanne N. Griffiths Fund

For the purchase and binding of Pure Bred Dog/American Kennel Gazette and the acquisition of books printed by small private presses

Albert and Mariella Guttenberg Charitable Gift Fund

To support the University Library

Albert and Mariella Guttenberg Library Endowment Fund

To support the acquisition of collections pertinent to the study and research of urban and regional planning in the City Planning and Landscape Architecture Library

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The Alan M. and Phyllis W. Hallene Library Endowment Fund

Unrestricted support for the Library and the acquisition of the 10-millionth volume

Thomas N. and Marion R. Harvey Endowment Fund

For unrestricted use by the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

Ruth and Kenneth Henderson Library Endowment Fund

To support the acquisitions, programs, and services of the University Library

Reverend Professor Dom Bennett Hill Osb Memorial Library Fund

To support outreach, social, and other promotional activities to enhance and further the excellence of the University Library

Mark H. Hindsley Fund

To preserve, maintain, research, secure, store, and display the Mark H. Hindsley Papers in the Sousa Archives for Band Research

Peter and Joan Macfarlane Hood Endowment Fund

For the production of special publications, such as exhibition catalogs and/or other Library promotional materials

Harlan H. and Henrietta C. Horner Endowment Fund

For maintenance and augmentation of the Lincoln Collection

William R. and Annie Laurie Horsfall Fund

To benefit the University Library

Chester W. and Nadine C. Houston Endowment Fund Ii

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

Stewart S. Howe Archival Endowment Fund

To support collections in the University Archives dealing with student life and culture, particularly the Stewart S. Howe Collection

William G. Huber, D.v.m., Ph.d., and Joyce F. Huber Veterinary Medicine Library Endowment Fund

For the purchase of print materials to support teaching, research, and public service in the College of Veterinary Medicine

Robert L. Huck Library Endowment Fund

To support the American Colonial History Collection

Valencia F. Huson and R. Jane Scott Band and Music Audiovisual Preservation Endowment Fund

To support the long-term preservation and curatorial care of the band music sound recordings and moving-imagery collections in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Ernest Ingold Endowment Fund

For the growth and maintenance of the Shakespeare collection


Everyone on this planet has been touched by innovation from Illinois. For 150 years, the University Library has been an important partner with the University in generating knowledge. The Library is at the core of the intellectual life or our faculty and students. They, and countless others worldwide, rely on it to meet the demands of education and research in the 21st century.

–Robert J. Jones
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Robert M. Jones Library Endowment Fund

To support cinema studies resources in the University Library

Elijah Jordan Endowment Fund

To purchase books in the field of philosophy

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The J. Christopher and Robin N. Kaler Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

Paula T. Kaufman Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

The George B. and Helen L. Keck Endowment for The University Library Fund

To support the University Library

James J. Kessler Jr. Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support to the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center

Lawrence Stanford King Graduate Assistantship In The Music Library Endowment Fund

To provide funds for a graduate assistant in the Music Library to process the Lawrence S. King Music Collection as the first priority

David Kinley Memorial Fund for The Classics

To purchase, preserve, and conserve materials for the classics

Francis J. Koenig Library Endowment Fund

To enhance the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

Louis W. Kosiba and Cosette Kosiba Library Endowment

To support the acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of collections and to enhance and promote the excellence of the University Library

Gene R. Kritsky Gift Fund

For maintenance of the Charles Darwin Photos and Memorabilia in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

Kenneth J. Krynicki Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

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R.j. ÒrustyÓ Laible Endowment Fund

To support the agricultural collections and services of the Isaac Funk Family Library for Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Jon and Jo Ann Laible Library Conservation Laboratory Fund

To support an undergraduate internship in the Library Conservation Laboratory

Lambda Literature Library Endowment Fund

To support the gay literature collection

Richard M. Lawrence Chemistry Library Endowment Fund

To benefit the Chemistry Library Endowment Fund, which was established on November 28, 1990

Virginia Lee Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

The Vern E. and Trudy K. Lewis Library Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

Library Acquisition Endowment Fund

For the purchase of materials by the University Library

Library Friends Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections

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Charles and Millicent Marshall Library Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Edith McConochie Rare Book & Manuscript Library Memorial Endowment Fund

To support the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in loving memory of Jean McConochie's grandmother, Edith Fitzpatrick McConochie

Barbara H. Mcmurtry-noel Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of books, music, and research materials for the Music Library

Robert and Kay Merrick Family Endowment Fund

To support Library programs and services which further the excellence of the University that lack funding from other sources

Janet W. Meyer Friends of The Library Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Peter A. and Sharon D. Michalove Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of books, periodicals, and other appropriate resources and learning/study materials on the subject of medieval history for the History and Philosophy Library

Reid T. Milner and Marjorie P. Milner Library Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Marion Morse Wood Fund

To support the University Library

Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Center for International Library Programs Endowment Fund

To support programs established through the Mortenson Distinguished Professorship for International Library programs

Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Distinguished Professorship for International Library Programs

For the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace through library programs

C. Barber Mueller Library Exhibition Endowment Fund

To support exhibitions in the University Library

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Neh Challenge Grant Endowment Fund

For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

Albert H. Nemoede Library Endowment Fund

To support the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

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Mardell J. O'Brien and Larry C. Johnson Endowment Fund

To support the Classics Library

Kenneth and Florence C. Oberholtzer Endowment Fund

To support the University Library with first priority for the Agriculture Library

Beulah Stewart Oleson Library Endowment Fund

To purchase books for the University Library's collections

Irma Eunice Olson Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

Jesse L. and Mary Ann Owens Library Fund

To support the maintenance, acquisition, and enhancement of collections in the University Library, as well as other Library activities and programs which increase excellence at the University

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George and Sarah Patterson Pagels Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

Parapsychology and Occultism Endowment Fund

For books and publications in the broad areas of parapsychology and occultism

Alan C. Parsons Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

Robert J. and Dianne M. Patterson, Jr. University Library Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Anthony J. Petullo Endowed Library Fund

To support the Ricker Library for the acquisition and preservation of collection materials in the area of fine arts

Barbara Lynn Pflaum Memorial Endowment Fund

For acquisitions in the natural sciences

Keith R. and Karen H. Phelps Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

Stanley H. Pierce Memorial Library Fund

For the purchase of books for the Engineering Library

Professor Richard S. Powers and Dr. Jane T. Kuntz Endowment Fund

To support the acquisition of library materials

Roger E. Puta Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

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Rare Book & Manuscript Library In Memory of Richard D. Jonson, General Engineering - 1956, Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Ernest J. Reece Endowment Fund

To support the Library and Information Science Library

Cordelia Reed Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related materials

Helen M. Reynolds Endowment Fund

For the enrichment of the Library in the fields of art or architecture

Dick and Trudy Reynolds Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

Elizabeth and Robert Rogers Fund

For the acquisition of eighteenth-century rare books and manuscripts

Joanne G. Rubin Endowment Fund

To benefit the Biology Library

William T. Ryerson Endowed Library Fund

To support the collections, programs, and services of the University Library

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Frederick W. Salogga Library Endowment Fund for Ricker Library

To support the architectural collections of Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

John P. and Helen S. Schaefer Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Chemistry Library

Judith A. Schaffenacker Library Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

G. Schreiber Memorial English Library Fund

To support the English Library

Professor Harold A. Schultz Endowment Fund

To support the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art in memory and honor of Dr. Allen S. Weller

Shebik Family Library Endowment Fund

To support the collections and services of the Undergraduate Library

Dmytro and Eustachia Shtohryn Library Endowment Fund

To support the Ukrainian collections of the Slavic and East European Library

Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Endowment Fund

To endow the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson University Library Deanship and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Chair

Herbert J. Smith Endowed Fund

For the benefit of the University Library to support the disciplines contained in the curricula of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

James P. and Diane P. Staes Fund

For the acquisition and/or preservation of the School Collection of children and young adults' literature in the Education and Social Sciences Library

Professor Henri Stegemeier Endowed Fund for Emblematica

For acquisition expenditures to assist in enlarging the Emblem Book Collection

Professor Henri Stegemeier Fund for Emblematica

To expand the Library's Emblem Book Collection

Stone Family Library Endowment Fund

To benefit the collections and services of the University Library that support the research and study of the history of the individuals and families who migrated, colonized (especially Illinois and the Midwest), and participated in the expansion and development of the communities, territories, and states that became the United States of America

The Edith Ann Stotler Library Fund

For the acquisition of materials in the University Library

Steven E. and Ottileanne Stroh Library Endowment Fund

To support the Commerce Library

Nellie M. Stuart Library Endowment Fund

To support the collections, programs, and services of the University Library

James J. and M. Joan Stukel Endowed Library Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center

Robert L. Sullivan Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of printed materials that relate to Italian history

Michio Suzuki Memorial Gift/Pledge Fund

To enhance the Mathematics Library

Cynthia R. Swanson Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

John E. Sweet Memorial Endowment Fund

For acquisitions by the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art

Fred E. Sweitzer Library Support Fund

To support the anthropology collection

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Ray and Bonnie Telling Endowment Fund

To enhance the Commerce Library's acquisitions, equipment, and other teaching materials for the Department of Accountancy

Jewel E. and Ruth A. Thacker Endowment Fund for Library Acquisitions

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

John Thompson and Jeanne Scharre Thompson Endowment Fund

To support student assistantships for the Map and Geography Library and the Illinois History Survey Library

Bill and Gerry Thompson Library Fund

To enhance collections on world food and agriculture in the Agriculture Library

John A. Thornton Engineering Library Endowment Fund

To support the collections, programs, and services of the Engineering Library

Irene Tinker Women In International Development Fund

To enhance and support the collection of the Women's Studies/Women in International Development Library

George F. and Edna Brown Titus Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition, preservation, and bibliographic control of humanities-related collections

Allen H. and Ruth H. Toby Memorial Judaica Endowment Fund

For the general areas of Judaica, Hebraica, and Jewish studies

Van E. and Joann D. Trimble Agriculture Library Endowment Fund

To add to and improve the collections of the Agriculture Library

Vicki L. Trimble Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library

Vicki L. Trimble Honorary Library Endowment Fund

To provide unrestricted support for the University Library


Investing in the University Library is an investment in the future of our students, and research and knowledge creation for the benefit of all.

–John P. Wilkin
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George M. Unger Endowment Fund

To support the University Library

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James Russel Vaky Endowment Fund

In memory of Alpha Vaky Wingard, sister of James Russell Vaky, for the acquisition and preservation of Germanic materials in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Library

Michael L. Vanblaricum Collection of Ian Fleming and Bondiana Fund

To support the University Library

Anne M. Vekich Endowment Fund

To enhance the Library's collection of Croatian materials including those written in Croatian, English, and other non-vernacular languages

John E. Velde Jr. Library Endowment Fund

For augmentation of the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Lucile F. Vickers Library Endowment Fund

For enrichment and advancement of the University Library

Vogt/Farrar Fund

For student support to those studying the physical characteristics of musical instruments and assisting with curatorial oversight of the Library's special collections of musical instruments and band research archives

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Robert A. and Emily Stipes Watts Library Endowment Fund

For the acquisition of humanities materials

Robert and Chung-kyun Wedgeworth International Award for Library Leadership

To support library leadership by providing librarians around the world with educational opportunities through the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

Tracey B. Weisberg Library Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

Julius L. and Dorothy U. Weiss Military Collectors' and Researchers' Library Collection Endowment Fund

To support the Weiss library collection of military-related books, ephemera, posters, badges, uniforms, and other reference materials

Lucille and Charles Wert Educational Fund

For developing a formal program of computer training for users of the Chemistry Library

Janet L. Weston Endowment Fund

For acquisitions to enhance the Nathan A. Weston Collection

John L. and Doris H. Whisenand Endowment Fund

To support the University Library's collections, programs, and services

George W. and Mildred K. White Endowment Fund for Early American Antiques

For care and preservation of the White's extensive collection of early American antiques, donated to the University Library in 1989

Lawrence E. and Isabel G. Williams Family Veterinary Medicine Library Endowment Fund

To enhance the Veterinary Medicine Library's collections and services

Barbara F. and George J. Williams Library Endowment Fund

For the enhancement, preservation, and maintenance of Library collections

Jane Wilson Library Endowment Fund

To support the Jane Wilson San Francisco Bay Area Fine Press Collection

Michael and Louise Witte Fund

For renovations to and expansion of the Chemistry Library

August J. Wittrock and Mathilde C. Wittrock Fund

To support the University Library's English collection

Frederick Jewett Worden and Margaret Latham Worden Library/Acquisition Endowment Fund

To support the Rare Book and Special Collections Library

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I was in grade school the first time I was taken into the Library, by a family friend. I remember that we discovered the first issue of 'Life' magazine, which seemed to me of incalculable antiquity. For many months in the mid-60s, I returned to the archives for a University Centennial project, paging through a century of back issues of the 'Daily Illini' to compile ‘An Illini Century,’ a centennial memory of undergraduate life. It was an exciting time; I had the feeling that I might find most anything in those pages, and I did—from Lorado Taft’s farewell to Urbana to Red Grange selling his car in the classified ads.

–Roger Ebert

BS, 1964

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Eleanor I. Young Endowment Fund

To support the collections, programs, and services of the University Library

William W. Young Endowment Fund

For books relating to English or American literature

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Mary and Harold Zirin Endowed Fund for Slavic Reference Services

To provide unrestricted support for the Slavic Reference Service