Friends of the City College Library :: Endowments
City College Library Endowments
The City College Libraries actively seek gifts to help provide additional materials, equipment and services that would otherwise be unavailable to users. Gifts to the Libraries benefit the City College campus community, other CUNY students, faculty and staff, area businesses and individual citizens throughout New York State who use our resources onsite and through interlibrary loan.
Gifts of cash, made outright, by bequest, or by a lifetime-income gift such as a trust may be directed to a variety of uses, including the purchase of library materials or equipment or the support of special programs.
An endowment can be established within the City College Libraries with a donation of $10,000 or more. An endowment established today will continue to benefit City College students and faculty for generations to come.
Investment proceeds from endowments may be used for general or specific purposes, depending on the wishes of the donor. Suggested areas include support for acquisitions and electronic access, the purchase of equipment, and preservation and conservation.
Listed below are some of the endowments supporting the growth and maintenance of the City College Libraries.
The J.M. Kaplan Fund provided $450,000 to establish this endowment in 2000 honoring Maurice Austin, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of CCNY, Class of 1925 (B.S., B.S.S., M.B.A.) and 1929 (B.B.A.). Mr. Austin, a certified public accountant, tax attorney, law professor and government consultant, served as a trustee and “cherished friend” to the J.M. Kaplan Fund for many years. He served as president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1951-52, and received the Townsend HarrisMedal for distinguished post-graduate achievement from the CCNY Alumni Association in 1968. Mr. Austin, early in his career, was an Instructor in Accountancy in the Evening Session at CCNY in 1928. This endowment funds the purchase of databases, indexes and journals for the Sciences, Architecture and Engineering.
Jewish Studies Library Endowment
The Library started raising money to create a Jewish Studies Library Endowment in 1999. Donations from Mr. Bernard Bernbaum (’34), Mr. Eugene Herscher (’47), and the Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation made the creation of the endowment possible in January 2001. Additional contributions of all sizes to bring the base endowment up to $100,000 are most welcome.
Richard Kalman Manoff Library Fund
Richard Manoff, distinguished alumnus of the Class of 1937 and a 1986 Townsend Harris Medalist provided funds in Spring 2002 to the Library to use at its discretion. Mr. Manoff, fondly remembering his City College days, also remembered “The Development of Shakespeare as a Dramatist” by George Pierce Baker–a book he borrowed in 1935 and returned just this year. The Library turned his “overdue book fine” into an endowment to enable the future purchase of Shakespeare and English literature materials for many years to come.
Helen Petrie Endowment
This endowment is devoted entirely to general library support. Investment proceeds from the endowment, established in 1995 with a bequest from the Helen Petrie estate, are used for the support of library collections and services. Mrs. Petrie’s late husband, James Troy Petrie, was a member of the CCNY library faculty for 30 years until his retirement in 1972.
Established in 1942 with a bequest from the estate of publisher R.R. Bowker (Class of 1868), investment proceeds are used for the purchase of books.
This endowed fund for book purchases was established in 1936 from the estate of Professor Harry C. Krowl (Class of 1895), Chairman of the CCNY English Department.
Louis Sayre Burchard Memorial Library
Established in 1966 with a bequest from the estate of lawyer Louis Burchard (Class of 1877), the income proceeds from this endowment are for unrestricted library use. Prof. Burchard was a tutor at CCNY from 1879-1884, and he returned as a professor in 1918, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1929.
Julius Frank Library Fund
A bequest from the estate of lawyer Julius Joseph Frank (Class of 1871) established this endowment in 1931 for the benefit of the college library.
This endowment for the purchase of books for the Wolcott Gibbs Library of Chemistry was created in 1911 with a gift from James R. Steers. Dr. Gibbs was professor of Chemistry and Physics at the Free Academy (now CCNY) from 1849 to 1863, and had an internationally distinguished career as a research chemist.
James Rich Steers (Class of 1853), a lawyer who was a member of the first graduating class of the Free Academy, also provided a gift to establish this endowment for the purchase of books in the sciences in 1907.
Bequests from the estates of Ephraim Holbrook and Seth Grosvenor created this endowment in 1857 for the purchase of books for the library of the Free Academy.
Dr. Francis Huber Library Fund
Dr. Huber (Class of 1873) established this endowment for the purchase of books in the sciences.
Established in 1934 by the CCNY Class of 1884 in memory of their classmate Lee Kohns as an unrestricted endowment, investment proceeds are used to purchase books and serials in science and mathematics. Mr. Kohns served the college as a trustee from 1906 to 1927.
A gift from Felix M. Warburg in 1912 endowed this fund for the purchase of science periodicals.
Moses Weinman Endowment
Established in 1934 with a bequest from the estate of Bertha Weinman, this unrestricted endowment honors her late husband, Moses Weinman (Class of 1881).
Sidney Licht Endowment
A member of the Class of 1927, Dr. Licht was a physician, and the fund was created upon his death in 1979.
HOW TO ESTABLISH AN ENDOWMENT
An endowment can be established within the City College Libraries with a minimum gift of $10,000. Subject areas and services suggested for this support are: music, architecture, urban design, Black studies, English and American literature, preservation/conservation, library services to undergraduates, and general and specialized electronic services. The endowment may be customized to support a broad group of materials or something more focused which is of particular interest to the donor or to the person being honored or memorialized by the donor. For example, a customized endowment may be created to support the acquisition of library materials relating to architectural history (broad) or an endowment to support the acquisition of library materials relating to the architecture of New York City (focused).
For more information please contact:
Library Development, The City College Library,
Convent Avenue at 138th Street, New York, NY 10031,
E-mail: Library Development
Phone: 1 (212) 650-7271