University of Virginia Library

The University of Virginia Library raised more than $64 million during the campaign from generous alumni, collectors, foundations and friends. Many vital endowments were funded and pledged to acquire, process and preserve collections, both physical and digital. The Library is internationally known for its rare materials and digital scholarship initiatives. Donors also supported endowments to bring visiting scholars to the Library as well as enhancements and renovations to several important and popular library spaces. Major collections given or pledged include important items in the world-renowned Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection, Albert Small’s trade catalogue collection, Seymour Schwartz’s unparalleled American maps collection, a wonderful Asian studies collection from the Institute for the Advanced Studies of World Religions, the papers of the great American fiction and poetry editor Albert Erskine, Caroline Brandt’s immense miniature books collection, Stanley Weinstein’s Buddhism collection and the Harrison family’s Flowerdew Hundred Archaeological Collection, among others. Annual and special project funds ensure the Library will remain a vibrant and innovative home for students, faculty and scholars from around the world.

Supported

Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library

Ann Lee Saunders Brown, the widow of Charles L. Brown (Engr ’43), donated $5 million to the University of Virginia Library as part of a larger, $10.5 million gift to the University. Mrs. Brown’s gift made the gift in honor of her husband, who graduated from U.Va. in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. The gift endowed the Science and Engineering Library in Clark Hall, subsequently renamed the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library. Funds generated by this endowment enhance collections and services, and keep the library’s furnishings and technology comfortable and up to date.

Visiting Scholars and Taylor Room

A commitment to create an endowment fund supporting visiting scholars using special collections was made by members of the Taylor family, including Aurelia Bolton and Perry J. Bolton (Col ’53); Lindsay C. Bolton and George B. Bolton (Col ’85); Mrs. Richard F. “Teedee” Blue and Richard F. Blue (Col ’52); Gay Peterson (Col ’81) and Barritt Peterson (Col ’81); and Elizabeth P. Blue (McIntire ’76) and Henry M. Blue (Col ’78). The family also created the Lillian Gary Taylor Room — named for their ancestor, Lillian Gary Taylor, an authority on the history and bibliography of the novel, whose husband was Robert Coleman Taylor (Col 1884, Grad 1884, Law 1886).

Gifts at Work

Preserving “Born-Digital” Materials

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded a project directed by the University of Virginia Library to develop standard methods of preserving and distributing digital-only materials. U.Va. programmers and archivists worked with counterparts at Stanford and Yale universities, and at the University of Hull in England, to create a model approach to managing “born-digital” collections for research libraries and other institutions charged with preserving digital-only materials. Born-digital materials include the works of contemporary writers and architects, as well as archives of current political figures and organizations. “These materials are quickly becoming significant collections that require careful, planned stewardship to ensure their preservation and availability to scholars now and in the future,” said Martha Sites, associate University librarian and a principal investigator for the $870,000 project — “Born Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship” — that ran from 2009 to 2011. “In the past we received paper manuscripts from notable writers; now we’re getting their work on hard drives,” said Bradley Daigle, director of digital curation services for the U.Va. Library. “We don’t want to lose the record of the artistic development of this work, nor do we want it locked up in technology that may become obsolete in the future. It’s a huge problem that requires a huge solution.”