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  (Note: The Endowed Funds History is alphabetized by the last name of the person(s) named for the fund.)
Thomas Curtiss Taylor Rare Book Fund
Date Established: 1978

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.

Seth Sprague Terry Endowment

Mr. Terry received a bachelor of arts in 1883 and a Master of Arts degree in 1886 from the University of Rochester, and studied at Harvard Law School. He began practice in 1886. After 30 years of practicing law, he became vice president of a large real estate firm, William A. White & Sons. Mr. Terry died in 1932.

The John M. Topham Gift

From 1972 to his death in December 2013, John M. Topham, a charter member of the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, donated many items to the collections of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Among his many donations included maps, prints, and a copy of Infantry Manoeuvres (1819), which is believed to be the first book printed in Rochester, NY, and the multi-part bird's eye view of Rochester.

Richard L. Turner Book Fund
Date Established: 1999

The Richard L. Turner Book Fund was established in 1999 by Nancy R. Turner in memory of her late husband. The Fund was created as a complement to the Richard L. Turner Professorship in the Humanities, also established by Nancy Turner after the death of her husband in 1986. Richard Turner served as the CEO, President and Board Chair of the Schlegel Company in Rochester for many years, and was active in many organizations. Beginning in 1979, he served as a member of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees. The Fund was established to support the acquisition of books and other materials for the River Campus Libraries in the humanities and social sciences.

Cecelia S. Tweddell Endowment
Date Established: 1969

The income from the Cecelia S. Tweddell Fund is to be used for the purchase of books or manuscripts for the Rare Book Collection of Rush Rhees Library. The funds for the endowment were left to the Library upon the death of Mrs. Cecelia Tweddell and her daughter Vera, who was the retired head of the circulation department at Rush Rhees Library. Vera maintained that post for 35 years before retiring in 1963. Vera Tweddell was also a graduate of the University in 1927 and went on to receive a M.S. degree in Library Service in 1934 from Columbia University.


Newspaper accounts of her retirement state "Miss T" was "known to hundreds of University of Rochester students, and was more than a conscientious person who served her alma mater faithfully. She was a charming, lovely, witty and refined woman. A lover of people, Miss Tweddell was always willing to give students a friendly smile, a bit of advice, a part-time job. She cheered up students when they were blue. She engaged in intellectual exchanges with young men and women who worked with her. Miss Tweddell was a warm human being."

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