This fund was established by contributions from the Thomas Curtiss Taylor family and friends, and through generous additional contributions to the endowment from Mrs. Katherine Snow Taylor. Materials purchased from the fund are bookplated with a commemorative bookplate designed in 1979 by Mr. Taylor's niece, Ann Taylor. Ms. Taylor chose a photograph taken by Mr. Taylor of a dandelion puff against the sun. She wrote at the time of the design that she chose this photograph because "philosophically, it connects the fragile, transitory nature of living things with the powerful, ongoing energy of the sun-a universal theme." Ms. Taylor wanted the bookplate to be a "direct portrayal of Thomas Curtiss Taylor's sensitivity to beauty and life. T. had an extraordinary combination of intelligence, humor, drive, and sensitivity. It is his creative talent that his bookplate exemplifies." Mr. Taylor was best know as a lawyer and civic leader in Rochester but in his private life, he painted in oil, designed and constructed intricate wooden models, and in the last years of his life, spent many hours photographing landscapes and wildflowers.
The fund was established to support the purchase of important scholarly materials for the University's Rare Books and Special Collections Department.
"English as a means of communication may improve if we can look at it as a form of art as well." Quotation from a paper T. Taylor wrote for the Humdrum Club in 1974.