The 2010–2011 exhibition “Global Collections at the University of Virginia Library: Engaging the World” follows world travelers, including diplomats, artists, and missionaries, whose immersion in other cultures led to fascinating art, books, photographs, and music. The exhibit features rare and lesser-known items from special collections, such as a 1930s diplomatic pass to the Kremlin belonging to Scottish adventurer Sir Fitzroy Maclean (1911–1996), one of the possible prototypes for Ian Fleming’s James Bond (pictured above).
Other unrestricted funds and endowments would provide significant support in key areas. A $5 million gift to name the chair of the University Librarian would provide an unrestricted endowment to fund innovation and help meet pressing needs; a gift of $5 million to name the Scholars’ Lab, a state-of-the-art service area in Alderman Library would create an endowment to support the Lab’s innovative support of research and teaching. Additionally, a gift of $3 million to name the main exhibit gallery in the Harrison Institute would provide income to mount major exhibits of special collections in this increasingly popular public space. The auditorium in this building also could be named for $3 million, and the support of the Staff Development Endowment will allow the Library to recruit, train, and retain the best staff, ensuring continuing leadership.
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Hoke Perkins, Assoc. University Librarian for Philanthropy
- U.Va. Library Receives NEH Grant to Preserve and Digitize Rare Civil Rights-Era Films
- Government Documents Exhibition at Harrison/Small October 18, 2010 Through January 15, 2011
- “Global Collections” Library Exhibition Opens September 30
- Faulkner Speaks: U.Va. Launches Audio Archive of Author’s Time at the University
- The University of Virginia Magazine: Bookplate collection illuminates merger of art and literature