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WINTER 2015 A University of Kansas Libraries publication for alumni, friends and benefactors


Anonymous gifts total $1.45 million The University of Kansas Libraries have recently received two anonymous planned estate gifts totaling $1.45 million. The generous donations are unrestricted, allowing funds to be allocated for the advancement of strategic priorities and key initiatives. “Given the current state of economic uncertainty, unrestricted funds are monumental in allocating monetary support for programs, operations, exhibits and other areas necessary to maintain KU Libraries as a leader in research and education,” notes Kent Miller, interim co-dean of KU Libraries.


Donors play a key role in upholding the libraries’ legacy of excellence. – Kent Miller, Interim Co-Dean of Libraries


Outreach has remained at the forefront of Kent Miller and Mary Roach’s tenure as interim co-deans. They have remained committed to growing the base of

Interim Co-Deans Mary Roach and Kent Miller. Photo by LeAnn Meyer.

library support while actively advancing key organizational initiatives. “Without the support and gifts from friends of the KU Libraries, our ability to expand the reach and depth of the libraries’ services would be stifled. Gifts are transformational in upholding KU Libraries’ mission, and we sincerely thank all our donors and friends for their continued generosity,” offered Miller. n

KU Libraries commemorate 150 years of excellence

2015 marks 150 years of excellence at the University of Kansas. For generations, KU has remained a leader in research and education by fostering a community of learning. In honor of the sesquicentennial celebration, KU Libraries launched a series of exhibits to commemorate the long historical successes at KU by highlighting ideas and individuals that demonstrate the Jayhawk legacy. An exhibit entitled “Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas” is currently on display in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library and will remain open through December. The exhibit highlights original documents, photographs and memorabilia telling the story of the early years of KU from its beginnings in 1865 to the turn of the twentieth century, including materials


rarely on display, such as Chancellor Fraser’s Civil War uniform and saber. "The unique items in this exhibit represent a fraction of the historically rich materials held by the University Archives, and this celebration presents the perfect opportunity for the items to be on display,” said Becky Schulte, KU Libraries university archivist. In October, Watson Library’s Haricombe Gallery opened its exhibit entitled “KU 150: Celebrating 150 Years of Leadership, Scholarship and Tradition at the University of Kansas.” Featuring a wide range of creative scholarship produced by the KU community, the exhibit will remain open through Jan. 15. (continued inside right)

Supporting student success • Researchers earn travel awards• Spencer estate gift • Retiree narratives


Generous estate gift provides new opportunities at KU Libraries

Debbie McCord, the development director for KU Libraries, has deep roots at KU, beginning 18 years ago at the KU School of Social Welfare, where she managed events and alumni relations. Now at KU Endowment, Debbie cultivates and stewards major gifts for the libraries and the School of Social Welfare. Feel free to contact her at or 785-832-7372.

The Far Above campaign, a comprehensive campaign to advance KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center, is quickly coming to a close. The campaign represents an unprecedented effort to realize the aspirations that guide the evolution of the university. The ultimate goal is to secure a leading position among the top tier of public research universities, and we are thrilled to announce KU Libraries has surpassed their goal, fulfilling the role as a key priority to advance inquiry and nurture collections that attract scholars to KU from around the world. We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received so far. While the campaign draws to an end in June, funding is still needed to advance strategic priorities that ensure student success, contribute to the economic vitality of the state and encourage discoveries that change the world. It is only with your help — and your future support — that we are able to advance research, teaching and learning in Kansas and beyond. KU Libraries will continue their partnership with the KU Alumni Association in 2016, as they work to share traveling exhibits with Jayhawks at events across the country. I hope to see you there to celebrate our proud past and tradition of academic excellence with other alumni who are helping to form a bright future for KU Libraries. Remember, a gift to KU Libraries touches everyone on campus. Sincerely, Debbie McCord KU Libraries Director of Development at KU Endowment

Stata translated and led efforts to digitize the libraries’ 1562 “Jesuatti Book of Remedies,” a 400page manuscript at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Over the course of the past year, KU Libraries have devised plans to direct its portion of a generous $10 million estate gift acquired from Stata and David Ringle in 2013. Distributed equally for three purposes, the gift supports the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the Clendening History of Medicine Library and student scholarships in the School of Health Professions. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Stata and David Ringle,” said Beth Whittaker, assistant dean of distinctive collections. “Their forethought to support KU Libraries is a testament to the values which Spencer Library embodies: To collect, preserve and make available for research and teaching outstanding, inspiring and transformative primary sources.” A portion of the funds provides Spencer Library with the necessary staffing support to continue their focus on outstanding historical collections. Specifically, the library now offers a Ringle conservation internship, a position available for one student interested in becoming a professional conservator to gain experience working with at-risk materials in the collections. The generous gift also supports an archives and manuscripts coordinator position, a librarian who leads the work of making the libraries’ manuscripts accessible. Finally, funds will be used to acquire outstanding books and manuscripts, supplementing the impressive libraries’ collections. “To honor the Ringles' support, we will continue searching for opportunities to acquire materials and provide collections access to the KU community and beyond,” said Whittaker. n

Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends and benefactors. Printing is paid for with private contributions. Interim Co-Deans of Libraries – Kent Miller and Mary Roach Editor – Rebecca Smith | Content – LeAnn Meyer and Meggie Mapes Design and production – Nikki Pirch and Courtney Foat

Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award winners The award extends travel funds for any faculty member, undergraduate, graduate student or independent researcher who documents a research project requiring the use of materials held by Spencer Library. The library houses a significant collection of holdings on the African American experience including personal and family papers and organizational records, providing permanent housing and access to these primary sources. The travel assistance will aid Putz and Inabinett Jr. in utilizing Spencer’s collections for their ongoing research.

Sandra Gautt discusses her donation and involvement with the collection. Image courtesy of KU Marketing Comunications.

The University of Kansas Libraries are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award. Paul Putz of Waco, Tex., and Curtis Inabinett Jr. of Ravenel, S.C., were selected in light of their research efforts surrounding the African American experience in the Kansas region. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to expand onsite use of our African American Experience Collections thanks to a generous financial gift from Sandra Gautt,” said Deborah Dandridge, field archivist at KU’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU. “It supports the unique treasure trove of local and national research topics documented in these collections.”

A doctoral student in U.S. history from Baylor University, Putz plans to conduct research on the Western Negro Press Association, an organization founded by African American newspaper editors and journalists in 1896. Putz will utilize documents that detail the communities that supported African American newspapers, especially Nick Chiles’s Topeka Plaindealer, during the early 20th century. Curtis Inabinett Jr., a longtime musician and saxophonist, is currently enrolled in the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Charleston State University. Inabinett Jr. plans to complete his research for a book manuscript on Dr. William P. Foster, a KU alumnus who served as the marching bandmaster for the Florida A&M University Marching Band from 1946 to 1998. Inabinett Jr. will utilize manuscripts and photographs in the career papers of Foster at Spencer Library to gain better insight into Foster’s leadership role in revolutionizing college marching band techniques across the nation. The award was made possible by a generous gift from Sandra Gautt in honor of her late mother, Alyce Hunley Whayne. Gautt has also donated family papers to the Kansas Collection in the Spencer Library. n


Holiday decorations on Massachusetts Street at 7th, Lawrence, KS, undated. Image courtesy of the Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Holiday decorations brighten this study session, 1950s. Image courtesy of University Archives.

KU Libraries launch oral history project to capture retiree narratives In celebration of KU’s sesquicentennial, KU Libraries have launched a new project entitled “In Their Own Words: Selected Interviews from the Endacott Society Oral History Collection.” The selected archive features interviews documenting the lives and experiences of KU faculty and staff — recollections that begin as early as 1917. The Endacott Society, an organization of more than 400 retired university faculty, staff and spouses, has collected oral histories from retirees since the 1980s. Of the nearly 500 interviews available, 11 were selected to represent a diversity of perspectives and experiences. The online archive features histories from a range of disciplines, including the sciences, journalism, business, Slavic languages and literatures, psychology, music, law and more. A libraries-wide interdisciplinary team was formed to complete the project, giving online access to 100 years of university life. “It was a real team effort,” said Marianne Reed, KU Libraries digital initiatives coordinator and project manager. “We had experts from across the libraries working together to give audiences a full multi-media experience. We’re always happy to showcase distinctive KU collections and make them accessible to a world-wide audience.”

Cynthia Schira, professor of Design 1976-1999. Image courtesy of University Archives.

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150 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE (continued from cover)

Cora M. Downs, professor of bacteriology 1917-1963. Image courtesy of University Archives.

Released as part of KU’s 150-year sesquicentennial celebration, “In Their Own Words” provides the opportunity to listen to original interview recordings, read the transcripts and search for topics of interest. Photos of the interviewees and a summary of the interview are displayed as well.

– Becky Schulte, University Archivist

“The Haricombe Gallery exhibition uncovers the rich and diverse contributions made to the university throughout its long history,” says Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ community engagement librarian and exhibits program coordinator. “By showcasing campus individuals, resources, collections and events, we hope to pique the interest of our visitors and urge them to learn more about their beloved university.” KU Libraries have successfully partnered with the KU Mobile Collaboratory, also known as the MoCOLAB. Constructed from a 1972 31-foot Airstream Land Yacht, the MoCOLAB was designed as KU’s community classroom on wheels and now functions as a flexible space that can transport and showcase a variety of resources, art pieces and more.



We hope to continue preservation of the Endacott Society’s entire collection of interviews. Each interview was recorded on audio cassette tapes, a now obsolete technology. We’re hoping to continue migration onto digital formats, eventually making all the oral histories publically available online.

Attendees explore 150 years of KU at “Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas” exhibit. Photo by LeAnn Meyer.

Preservation played a key role and functioned as a motivating factor in the project. Digital recordings and transcripts from the interviews have been added to KU ScholarWorks to ensure long-term preservation and access to these unique materials. To explore the selected interviews, visit or KU ScholarWorks, at The Endacott Society’s complete collection of oral histories is available at the Spencer Research Library. n

MoCOLAB visits KU Edwards Campus to share traveling exhibit. Image courtesy of KU Edwards Campus.

Earlier this semester, KU Libraries collaborated across campus to transform the MoCOLAB into a mobile gallery, recreating the “KU 150: Celebrating 150 Years of Leadership, Scholarship and Tradition at the University of Kansas” exhibit currently featured in Watson Library. The MoCOLAB traveled to the KU Edwards Campus, expanding the reach and celebration of KU’s 150-year history. Finally, a collection of memorabilia highlighting KU's historical journey is being displayed and showcased at events across the nation held in partnership with the KU Alumni Association. The traveling exhibit creates a unique opportunity for KU alumni and friends to interact with a variety of artifacts. KU Libraries are excited to share these unique, rich historical materials with alumni. For more information on library exhibits, visit n

Newly named spaces support student success

KU Libraries’ Throwback Thursday: KU national champions basketball team, 1922-1923. Middle row, second and third from left: Phog Allen and James Naismith. Image courtesy of University Archives. Students studying in the Pruett Family Tutoring Room in Anschutz Library. Photo by LeAnn Meyer.

KU Libraries receive more than 1.7 million visits per year, with nearly half accounted for in Anschutz Library. The Learning Studio at Anschutz Library is home to several group study and tutor rooms that greatly enhance the collaborative and supportive space we provide for students and scholars. Many individual donors, families and groups have shown their support and pride by naming spaces in the Anschutz Learning Studio. Most recently, Ed and Marie Meyen named a group study room, and Margie and Mike Sheppard named a tutoring room. These generous gifts provide the libraries opportunities to adapt to the changing academic landscape and give students the tools they need to succeed. Named spaces support innovative learning environments, cuttingedge technologies and top-notch services that have a direct impact on current and future generations of Jayhawks. A gift of $25,000 or more establishes a named space in the Learning Studio, which brings together every resource KU students need to succeed. Additionally, these opportunities provide a meaningful way to honor family, a beloved professor or to secure your own legacy on campus.

Follow us on social media to keep up with all throwbacks and highlights, including a special announcement related to Phog Allen revealed in spring 2016!

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For information about how you can support KU Libraries, please contact Debbie McCord, development director, at dmccord@kuendowment or at 785-832-7372. n

WITH GRATITUDE Many rooms within the Learning Studio at Anschutz Library have already been named by generous donors to KU Libraries. Betty Brooker Tutoring Room David Beaham Reading Room Janet M. Cinelli and Gary M. Smith Tutoring Room Ed and Marie Meyen & Family Group Study Room Pruett Family Tutoring Room Robert and Gladys Sanders Tutoring Room R. Michael Sheppard Family Tutoring Room

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