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Library Receives Grant to Help Preserve Special Collections

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A student goes through materials from Georgetown's Special Collections Research Center.

February 11, 2013 – Georgetown’s Lauinger Library recently received a $100,000 grant from The Gladys Brooks Foundation to establish an endowment fund for the library’s Special Collections Research Center.

“I am immensely grateful to the Gladys Brooks Foundation for their support of Lauinger Library,” says University Librarian Artemis Kirk. “Their gift will make it possible for us to ensure our most unique and rare treasures will be available to scholars for the foreseeable future.”

The Gladys Brooks Foundation, created by the estate of the late Gladys Brooks Thayer of New York, establishes and supports non-profit libraries, educational institutions, hospitals and clinics in the United States.

The endowment fund created by the grant will be used to ensure that the materials in Lauinger’s special collections center will be sustained and protected over time.

The center comprises the university archives, the university art collection, manuscripts and rare books. Scholars from around the world come to Georgtown to conduct primary source research in areas such as Jesuit history, early American Catholicism, Georgetown University history, English and American literature and English recusant history.

Special collections also houses materials in specialty areas such as intelligence and espionage, music manuscripts, American printmakers, Native American linguistics and diplomacy and international affairs focusing on both the Middle East and the Panama Canal.

“Students and scholars alike are inspired by the opportunity to consult preserved, original rare documents,” adds Kirk. “There is no substitution for such an authentic experience.”

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