In July of 1977, Gannett Newspaper Foundation presented $1,000,000 to the University of Rochester Libraries as "an endowment for the purchase of books and manuscripts in the humanities to serve as a matching gift for a grant of $333,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities." The announcement was made on the 100th anniversary of the late publisher's birth date. Robert L. Sproull, then University of Rochester President, commented that Mr. Gannett "lived by the words, and loved learning." At the time, it was the largest such contribution in the University's history.
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The Myra Gelband and David K. Wilson Endowed Library Fund was established in 2004 to purchase materials for Rush Rhees Library collections with a focus on sports and society, and a special emphasis on women's sports, Title IX, and books written by women journalists.
Myra Gelband is an alumna from the Class of 1971, a trustee of the University, and chair of the River Campus Libraries' Advisory Council. She retired as an editor from Sports Illustrated in 2001. David Wilson is president of USC Finance Corp., which is a finance and leasing company based in Rowayton, CT.
Myra is involved in the LPGA tour, in the Ryder Cup, and was a judge for the United States Golf Association 2000 International Book Award.
Donald B. Gilchrist served as University Librarian from 1919 to 1939. When he joined the University, the Library had only 81,000 volumes and a budget of just over $20,000. He worked closely with George Eastman and President Rush Rhees to ensure the existence of a notable research library at the University. During his tenure, the Sibley Music Library, the Edward G. Miner Library, and the Rush Rhees Library all came into existence.
The trustees of the Kate Gleason Fund gave $50,000 to initiate a permanent book fund. The income from the fund is to be used primarily for the purchase of books in history and engineering. Kate Gleason was the daughter of William Gleason, the founder of Gleason Corporation, the Rochester based manufacturer. Ms. Gleason started working as a youth in her father's shop and by the age of 14 was the bookkeeper. Ms. Gleason was a successful businesswoman and one of the first female bank presidents in the United States. She was also one of the first women members of the Chamber of Commerce in 1916, and the first woman to be elected to full membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1914. Mrs. Janis Gleason stated that Kate was "a champion of women in the business world." Much of her estate went to endow a Kate Gleason Fund for educational and charitable purposes.
The funds were a result of a bequest from the estate of Effie Hewitt Gorton to be used for the purchase of books. Mrs. Gorton was the widow of Charles Wilder Gorton who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in the Class of 1876.
This fund was the result of a bequest of $5,000 from the estate of Jean-Forrest Griffith and can be used for acquisitions for the University Libraries.
Dr. Louis R. Guzzetta (Class of 1942) donated funds to publish the Leonardo da Vinci issue of the University of Rochester Library Bulletin. The issue describes the Leonardo Collection donated to the Library by his father, Anthony J. Guzzetta (Class of 1915). These funds also supported an exhibition of materials from the Leonardo Collection. Dr. Anthony Guzzetta also bequeathed funds to maintain and add to the Leonardo da Vinci materials in the Anthony J. and Frances A. Guzzetta Collection. The collection is an extensive and impressive collection of approximately 700 books and pamphlets by and about Leonardo da Vinci. Dr. Guzzetta was known as a pleasant, well-informed, and good-hearted book collector. Dr. Guzzetta was also a life member of the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries.
"The endowment brought a great deal of joy to my father, in fact to my whole family. One of our most cherished memories is of my father's 90th birthday. I had decided, at Mary [Huth]'s suggestion, to present the library with a copy of the Leonardo Da Vinci Corpus in my father's name. The library celebrated with a wonderful reception that drew the geographically distant members of the family together for the first time in many years."
Louis R. Guzzetta, M.D.