The College of Michigan has introduced a $10 million present from the Avenir Basis in Lakewood, Colorado, in assist of the college’s William L. Clements Library.
The funding will set up the Adams, Peckham, Dann, and Graffagnino Endowment Fund, named for the 4 administrators of the library because it opened almost 100 years in the past, Randolph G. Adams (1923-1951), Howard H. Peckham (1952-77), John C. Dann (1977-2007), and present director J. Kevin Graffagnino. The present will allow employees to launch new initiatives, purchase and correctly preserve major supply supplies, and improve the accessibility of collections by means of digitization, lectures, fellowships, and programming. The present additionally will title the library directorship after Adams, who reworked the non-public archive of the constructing’s benefactor, William Clements, into a number one analysis library specializing within the assortment of major supply supplies from the fifteenth by means of the nineteenth centuries.
As well as, the uncommon ebook room will likely be renamed the Norton Unusual Townshend Room, which is able to maintain the Norton Unusual Townshend household papers, a group that features major sources from Townshend, a nineteenth-century chief in a number of fields together with politics, drugs, social reform, and agricultural training who was engaged in antislavery activism and the Underground Railroad, held a job as a medical inspector within the Civil Struggle, was an advocate of scientific coaching for farmers, and, along with his spouse, Margaret Bailey, was concerned within the girls’s suffrage motion.
“As solely the fourth director within the library’s ninety-six years, I do know I stand on the shoulders of my predecessors in overseeing all points of the library’s actions, applications, and initiatives,” stated Graffagnino, who will retire in December. “As I shut out a forty-year profession as an Americana curator, scholar, and administrator, nothing might make me extra proud than to be part of the Clements story and its continued custom of gathering, entry, and repair in early American historical past that these former administrators established right here.”
(Photograph credit score: Eric Bronson)