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The Endowment for Special Collections and Archives

Jeff Bland illustration

A fundraising priority for VCU Libraries in 2018 is to establish a $1 million endowment for Special Collections and Archives to support its collection of rare and unique materials that form primary sources for research and teaching. In late 2017, VCU Libraries got a boost in starting this endowment with a challenge grant of $30,000 from an anonymous donor. VCU Libraries hopes to meet the challenge and begin the endowment with at least $60,000 invested by June 30, 2018. The endowment will then continue to grow until we reach the goal of $1 million.  

Our work has a purpose you can believe in

Materials held in Special Collections and Archives at VCU Libraries are rare and valuable resources for researchers. A gift to the Special Collections and Archives endowment is for all time. It helps us acquire materials for our collections, and then preserve those collections for many generations to come. Your donation makes a powerful statement about the importance of our work and your trust in us as stewards of the Commonwealth’s diverse cultural heritage.

We need your help

Support the lasting work of VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences with your inaugural gift to the endowment today. This new endowment will provide:

  • Funds to acquire rare and unique materials.
  • Dedicated funds to support special projects and programming focused on our collections.
  • Supplemental resources for contract work to improve access to collections.
  • Additional resources to preserve and reformat materials.
  • Funding for continued staff development.

How to give

Make a gift online
Please visit the endowments page and select Special Collections and Archives Endowment from the dropdown menu.

Mail a check payable to the VCU Foundation and note “VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Endowment” in the memo field.

To discuss your gift to the Special Collections and Archives Endowment contact Kelly Gotschalk, VCU Libraries director of development and major gifts, for a conversation about  the endowment, planned giving, bequests and other ways-to-give opportunities.

Kelly Gotschalk
(804) 827-1163

Art credit: Images are from VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. Collages by Jeff Bland.


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