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Friends of AU Library: Special Funds

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University Librarian Visionary Fund:

Contributions for the University Librarian Visionary Fund provide critical discretionary funding and go to the library’s area of greatest need. Funds can also finance critical projects that help the library to reach students and faculty with new technology; engage in assertive collection growth in key areas of scholarship; and serve the campus with access to the best on-line sources of information.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "University Librarian Visionary Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "University Librarian Visionary Fund" as the "Fund".

Ann Bennett Humbert Edgerton Fund:

Established in Spring 2003, the Ann Bennett Humbert Edgerton Fund is in memory of its namesake, a beloved alumna, remembered for her creative talent and vivacious spirit. In honor of her long time affiliation with and fond memories of American University, her friends and family created a fund to purchase materials augmenting the creative arts collection at the library. This fund was established in 1994 by Marion Corddry (’43) and Joan Humbert (daughter). The fund supports purchases in the area of landscape architecture or art history.

About Ann Edgerton.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Ann Bennett Humbert Edgerton Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Ann Bennett Humbert Edgerton Fund" as the "Fund".

Charles Capen McLaughlin Olmsted Archival Fund:

This fund was started in 2006 by Ann McLaughlin (PhD, CAS ’78) to honor her late husband Charles McLaughlin, a history professor emeritus at AU and chief editor on the biography of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first landscape architect. To memorialize this important documentary editing project and recognize the achievements of its founding editor, she established the Charles Capen McLaughlin endowment to support the organization and processing of this collection, as well as the continuing work of the University Archives and Special Collections.

More information on this collection.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Charles Capen McLaughlin Olmsted" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Charles Capen McLaughlin Olmsted" as the "Fund".

Class of '32 Library Fund:

This fund was created by the class of 1932 to strengthen collections and resources.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Class of '32 Library Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Class of '32 Library Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Class of '42 Library Fund:

This fund was created by the class of 1942 to support the acquisition of books, newspapers and periodicals dealing with history, economics, sociology and literature during the war years (1938 to 1946).

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Class of '42 Library Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Class of '42 Library Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Donald D. Dennis American History Fund:

This fund was established to support library collections in United States history in memory of its namesake who was the American University Librarian from 1971 to 1988. It is especially fitting that Mr. Dennis’ love for history and his enthusiastic support for graduate and undergraduate education continues in the form of this fund. The fund supports purchases in American history Collection especially the civil war.

About Donald D. Dennis.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Donald D. Dennis Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Donald D. Dennis Fund" as the "Fund".

Eagle Digitization Fund:

Inspired by 1987 alumnus Tom Jacobson, this fund was established to provide resources needed to digitize and host the archives of the American University's student newspaper, The Eagle. Digitizing The Eagle (est. 1925) ensures the paper's long-term preservation and dramatically increases access to the archived issues. Currently The Eagle has been digitized from 1925 to 2004, and is accessible 24-7 through the AU website. The remaining batch is scheduled for digitization soon.

Search the digitized Eagle.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Eagle Digitization Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Eagle Digitization Fund" as the "Fund".

Helen Goldstein Life-Long Learning Fund:

Recognizing the legacy of Helen R. Goldstein, Access Service Librarian at AU, the library established a fund in her memory in 2004 to support professional development opportunities in library science and related fields for library staff. Ms. Goldstein contributed to the AU Library, the university and the library profession for over twenty years.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Helen Goldstein Life-Long Learning" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Helen Goldstein Life-Long Learning" as the "Fund".

Honor With Books/Video:

The Honor with Books and Video program enables individuals to build the library’s collection while establishing a lasting tribute to a special person or occasion. With a donation of $100 a bookplate is prepared with the honorees name and affixed to a specially selected book, which then becomes part of the library’s collection. Individuals may also help build the library’s collection of high quality films and documentaries through a donation of $250. A nameplate featuring the name of the donor and the honoree will be prepared and placed in a new DVD in the subject area of the donor’s choice. In both cases, a note will be added to the online catalogue, allowing the donor, the honoree, and members of the AU academic community to see the name in the catalogue record for the donated book or video from any computer. 

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Honor With Books" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Honor With Books" as the "Fund".

Irene Tinker Fund for Women in International Development:

The Irene Tinker Fund for Women in International Development was established in 2005 with a generous gift by Irene Tinker. Dr. Tinker and her colleagues have worked internationally to create repositories archiving the role of women in international development. American University Library, with its strong collection in women’s studies and long-time ties to research in international development, was a natural choice to establish such an archive. The library is seeking to acquire personal papers and files from organizations with the goal of documenting the role of women and gender issues in developing countries. Documenting this field is important to portray the lives and work of women, the communities in which they worked, and the progress being made toward gender equity. The fund supports the costs associated with accessorizing, cataloging, and preserving the personal papers of women in international development.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Irene Tinker Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Irene Tinker Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Fund:

Larissa Gerstel was a 2000 graduate of AU’s School of Education, Teaching, and Health. In memory of her contribution to AU and the community, her family and the School of Education started this fund to support collection and materials growth for the library’s Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), which, in addition to helping train future teachers by providing a model teaching space, gives children a safe, comfortable place to read multicultural books on social justice and equity. In addition to providing a core collection of multicultural juvenile (children's and young adult) literature, which supports the School of Education's mission to teach its students critical literacy, this collection truly honors Larissa Gerstel’s legacy of championing literacy, and giving back to her school, peers and community.

More information on Larissa and her work.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Larissa Gerstel Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Larissa Gerstel Fund" as the "Fund".

Lewis Alexander Fund:

This fund supports the purchase of resources in the fields of economics and business administration. It was made possible by a generous bequest from Lewis M. Alexander, president and treasurer of the Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Company.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Lewis Alexander Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Lewis Alexander Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Mary Canfield Fund:

The library established a fund in 2002 to honor Mary Canfield, a 35-year member of the AU Library acquisitions staff. During her tenure, Ms. Canfield had assisted in acquiring over 90% of the books in the collection. The fund was used to purchase a complete set of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, and additional funds will be used to support collection growth.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Mary Canfield Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Mary Canfield Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Pearson Digitization Project:

Andrew Russell (Drew) Pearson (1897-1969) was one of the most successful newspaper and radio journalists of his day. The Library’s Special Collection Department holds Pearson's syndicated Washington Merry-Go-Round column published between 1932 and 1969, including the typescript copies for the column that the syndicate sent to Pearson's office at the same time the typescripts were distributed to newspapers around the country. Funds support the digitization of this collection, and the ongoing work of Special Collections.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Pearson Digitization Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Pearson Digitization Fund" as the "Fund".

Roger H. Brown Endowed Preservation Fund:

This fund was started by Margaret D. Anthon in honor of Roger H. Brown, history faculty at AU for over 30 years and founding member of the Friends of AU Library. This fund supports the ongoing preservation of library collections through cleaning, repairing, binding or replacing books of significant value.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Roger H. Brown Endowed Preservation" in the notes field and mail to attn:Jennifer McMillan, Associate Directory of Development, American University Library, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Roger H. Brown Endowed Preservation" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Roger H. & Nancy B. Brown Library Fund:

Roger H. Brown was a history faculty member at AU for over 30 years, and he and his wife Nancy were among the original founders of the Friends of the AU Library. This fund supports strengthening the library’s collections, resources, and facilities and was established with a lead challenge gift to the library’s 20th anniversary fundraising efforts.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Roger H. & Nancy Brown Library Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Roger H. & Nancy Brown Library Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Samuel & Lucy Keker Library Fund:

This fund was established by Samuel (BA/CAS/’39) and Lucy Keker to support strengthening the library’s collections and resources.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Samuel & Lucy Keker Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Samuel & Lucy Keker Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.

Special Collections Fund:

The Special Collections fund supports the ongoing work of conservation and makes it possible for our Archives and Special Collections department to continue to provide students, researchers and the public access to historical and significant works.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Special Collections Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Special Collections Fund" as the "Fund".

Student Endowment for the University Library:

Created in 1998 by the American University Student Government and Graduate Leadership Council, the Student Endowment is a student-funded and advised fund to finance the expansion of library resources, including, but not limited to the purchase and acquisition of books, media and electronic resources.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Student Endowment Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Student Endowment Fund" as the "Fund".

Technology Innovation Fund:

This fund supports student centered programming and library enhancements that incorporate the innovative use of technology.

To contribute to this fund you may use the Friends of AU Library form. To mail in a contribution make the check out to "American University Library" with "Technology Innovation Fund" in the notes field. Gifts can also be made online using the AU Online Giving Form. Simply select "University Library" as the "Area/School" and specify "Technology Innovation Fund" in the "Other (Fund Search)" box.