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  (Note: The Endowed Funds History is alphabetized by the last name of the person(s) named for the fund.)
John J. Waters Endowed Book Fund
Date Established: 1999

Professor John J. Waters taught history for thirty-five years at the University of Rochester until his retirement in 2000. In the 1970s, Professor Waters "became a leading figure in the 'new social history'; the study of the lives of ordinary people which made use of previously unexploited sources and sophisticated quantitative techniques to expose the particular of birth, death, marriage, family formation, and property distribution." He was also among the first historians to use a computer to analyze colonial life. His study of the complex forms of family life in colonial Guilford, Connecticut, has been described as brilliant.


This Fund was established by Professor Waters with additional support from his colleagues, former students, and friends. The income from the fund will allow the purchase of primary materials in History and English relating to the Americas from 1493 to 1892.

Francis R. Welles Endowment
Date Established: 1927

Francis R. Welles, class of 1875, donated funds to endow scholarships to be awarded to students from the Chicago area. With Charles A. Brown, Welles funded the Welles-Brown Room, including the furnishings. They also created an endowment of $100,000 and enlisted more subscribers for $25,000 each. Income from the endowment was delayed because of World War I, but in 1919, Rush Rhees Library began to benefit from this endowment.

Mrs. Ernest R. Willard Fund
Date Established: 1905

Marie L. Atkinson Perkins Willard was a noted Rochester philanthropist in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. During her life, she supported many worthy causes in the area, including the Red Cross, the Episcopal Church Home, the Genesee Hospital and the University of Rochester Library.  She was a descendant of two of Rochester's "first famlies"--her father was Hobart Ford Atkinson, a 19th-century Rochester business leader and banker, and her mother, Louise Sibley, was the eldest daughter of Hiram  Sibley, the founder of Western Union Telegraph. After the death of her first husband, Henry Perkins, Mrs. Willard married Ernest R. Willard in 1903.  Mr. Willard was former editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.


The income from the Fund is "to be devoted to the purchase of books or periodicals."

Charles M. Williams Library Fund
Date Established: 1917

For information on this Fund, please see The Charles M. Williams Memorial Library Fund (1925).

The Charles M. Williams Memorial Library Fund
Date Established: 1925

Charles M. Williams was an alumnus of the University of Rochester's Class of 1871.  He won the University's first Dewey Prize and the Davis Medal.  Williams was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  After graduation, he studied law at Albany Law School, and in 1875 became a law partner of John R. Fanning, Rochester, NY.  In 1888, he was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester, and from 1891 to 1898, served as secretary and treasurer.  From 1898 until his death in 1922, he served as secretary and attorney for the University.


The Charles M. Williams Memorial Library Fund was established in honor of his mother, Susan W. Miller Williams.

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