John K. Bouseman Natural History Survey Library Endowment Fund

History and Purpose

A gift to the John K. Bouseman Natural History Survey Library Endowment Fund supports library acquisitions in natural history.  The goal of this Fund is to help the University Library continue to build on the excellence of its collections in natural history, which dates to the founding of the Illinois Natural History Society 1858.  Materials purchased with the fund proceeds serve a wide range of users, including Illinois Natural History Survey scientists, University of Illinois faculty and students, and the public.  This fund was established in 2003 with gifts solicited from a small group of generous library supporters led by the late John Bouseman, past chair of the INHS Library Committee. Your donation to the Bouseman fund helps the University Library maintain a strong collection in this critical subject area.

Following the closure of the Prairie Research Institute Library in 2015, new materials purchased with proceeds from this endowment are added to the Funk Library collection, along with other natural history acquisitions and acquisitions from allied life sciences disciplines.  The Bouseman Fund continues to support a strong natural history collection at the University Library.

Bouseman Endowment Fund Acquisitions

Donating to the Bouseman Endowment Fund

  • Donate online:  enter “John K. Bouseman Natural History Survey Library Endowment” into the fund text box.
  • If you prefer to mail your donation there is a printable form.
  • Gifts to the Bouseman Endowment are tax deductible.

Other ways to give

Donations of books and other materials are very welcome and tax deductible. Please see the University Library’s guidelines for donors.