Enhancing Excellence in Teaching and Research
Endowments at Ohio University Libraries are an investment in OHIO’s future. A university’s scholarly success depends on its most basis element, its library. Find out what endowment matches your interests below:
Vernon R. & Marion Alden Library Endowment
As president of Ohio University between 1962 and 1969, Dr. Alden saw the completion of one of his primary goals: the construction of an extensive library, named the Vernon R. Alden Library, for University to use. This endowment, made in honor of Dr. Alden, is used at the discretion of the Dean of University Libraries to provide high quality resources and services.
Dr. You-Bao Shao Overseas Chinese Documentation & Research Center
Dr. Shao started this endowment to provide earnings to promote the international study of Chinese diaspora though collecting publications, preserving historic materials, and creating and publishing new scholarly writings about Chinese descents residing outside of China and their influence on other cultures worldwide.
Library Preservation Endowment
This endowment was established to provide a permanent source of supplementary funding to enhance the Libraries’ preservation of collections though the Libraries’ Preservation Department formed in 1988. The Libraries’ Preservation Department guarantees the availability of materials for future generations of students and scholars for years to come.
Hwa-Wei Lee Center for International Collections Endowment
Dr. Lee played a crucial role in making Ohio University Libraries the official depository of publications of Botswana, Guatemala, Malaysia and Swaziland. This endowment’s goal is to strengthen and support the center’s international research resources through long-term funding.
Sydney & Sonya Buck Special Collections Fund
Funds from this endowment contribute to the growth of rare books collections. Many of the rare materials that support the education, research and creative mission of Ohio University are located in the Mahn Center.
Friends of the Libraries Scholarship Fund
In 1999, the Friends established a scholarship fund designated to provide aid for the Libraries’ student employees in recognition of the important role that student assistants have in the Libraries’ operations. Since its beginnings, this fund has awarded more than 35 students from a broad range of majors with scholarships to continue their education at Ohio University. Learn more about the Friends of the Library.
Marion Alden Endowment for Southeast Asian Library Collection
A gift from Dr. Vernon Alden to his wife Marion to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary, this endowment was created to honor Marion’s fondness for the University and her interest in Southeast Asia. These funds are essential in the purchase of important materials related to the art of Asia and Southeast Asia, including hard-to-find books, periodicals and electronic media from worlds away.
Quasi-Ohio University Contemporary History Institute Library Endowment
This long-term endowment allows the Contemporary History Institute (CHI) to enjoy a national and international reputation for excellence in historically-grounded analysis of contemporary world affairs through acquiring materials in the field of contemporary history and providing expanded library services for students and faculty.
Donald & Marian Spencer Endowment for African American Studies Collections
Recognized as civic leaders in Cincinnati, Ohio, Marian and the late Donald Spencer spent their life together as promoters of civil rights. This endowment continues their legacy by enriching the educational experiences of students and researchers through the acquisition of materials documenting African American history, politics, arts, language, literature, music and culture.
This growing collection began with the donation of world-renowned photojournalist, Lynn Johnson’s archives, which include some of the thousands of photographs that have been printed and distributed worldwide for LIFE, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and various foundations. With added support the Photojournalism Collection will continue to grow and encompass even more award-winning collections.
Sydney & Sonya Buck Traditional Shakespearean Endowment
The material acquired through this endowment focus on the period in which Shakespeare lived, 16th and 17th century England, and give researchers a broader understanding of the historical context behind these influential writings. One of the materials purchased by the endowment is access to the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, a database of Shakespeare-related scholarship and rare books.
Arts & Humanities Junior Faculty Endowment (AHJFE)
The AHJFE serves as an enticing recruitment tool to attract the best and brightest talent available to join the arts and humanities department as tenure-track faculty. This endowment allows new faculty to purchase highly specialized materials needed to support research, which also expand the breadth and depth of the Libraries’ collections.
Charles and Ruth Overby Library Endowment
In honor of Charles, former Baker Peace Committee member, and Ruth’s passion for peace and justice, this endowment provides funds designated to support prevention of war and violence and non-conflict resolution as well as academic exploration in the humanitarian causes.
The Raymond Gusteson Library Endowment
This endowment was established to sustain research by the Ohio University Department of Political Science, where Professor Raymond Gusteson taught from 1947-1991. Funds are used to purchase books and materials for Alden Library in order to keep the search for political and legal understanding of our country alive.
1804 Special Library Endowment Fund
Perhaps the most versatile endowment, the 1804 Special Library Fund was developed for purchasing special collections in the effort of aiding academic programs. Since its beginnings, this endowment has enabled University Libraries to purchase unique materials. The endowment also funds special programs such as the Student Research Expo and other causes the Dean of the Libraries has deemed worthy.
Lynn Shostack Library Endowment for the Physically Challenged
The purpose of the Shostack endowment is to assist physically handicapped students, faculty and staff in ways that contribute to their academic studies, professional work or research. The Shostack Endowment enables individuals to reach their full potential as personally independent and economically self-sufficient members of society.
Joseph Wayland and Helen Bosart Morgan Library Endowment
This endowment is used to expand the Morgan Collection of the History of Chemistry, housed in Alden Library’s Mahn Center, through the discretion of the Dean of the Libraries and the support of the department of chemistry.
Edward and Claudette Stevens Library Endowment
This endowment supports the acquisition of materials related to the history of primary and secondary education in the United States, in order to broaden student, faculty and researchers’ knowledge of the education system leading up to today.
If you have any questions about the endowments or how to donate, please contact
Executive Director of Development Scholarships & Special Projects
McGuffey Hall 309