Donors make it possible for OSU Libraries and Press to do the impossible. Thanks to donor support we can provide top-of -the line resources and facilities for students and faculty. Thanks to donors we can offer endowed positions and internships to attract the best possible candidates. Here are just a few of the many success stories that are all thanks to our very passionate supporters.
--Faye A. Chadwell
Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director
In the early 1930s, Mary McDonald donated a rare book collection to the Oregon State University Library. After donating a number of rare and unique volumes each year, in 1934 McDonald also donated funds to construct a reading room in the library to house her collection. Since then, the collection has grown significantly through gifts and purchases. The collection spans the whole history of text and book production, from ancient cuneiform tablets (circa 3000 BCE), to illuminated manuscripts, to incunabula, to modern artists' books. The McDonald Collection serves faculty and students every year, supporting research and teaching in art, classics, religion, literature, world history, travel, and the history of science.
The John and Shirley Byrne Fund for Books on Nature and the Environment provides generous support that helps make the publication of Oregon State University Press books possible.
Niebergall Family Fund
A generous private donation allows OSU Libraries and Press to offer a number of paid undergraduate research opportunities. Jessie Leach, an undergraduate in the Ethnic Studies program, created a dual language (English and Spanish) online exhibit of the Colegio César Chávez Collection in summer 2013. Jessie worked closely with Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian and assistant professor at OSU Libraries and Press.
A generous estate gift has enabled OSU Libraries and Press to endow the Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA). LURA recognizes outstanding research, scholarship, and originality in writing a paper or completing a project. The winning students receive a $1000 scholarship.
The endowment for the awards was created from funds provided by the estate of Gilbert and Marie Cleasby. Marie, a 1952 OSU graduate, majored in home economics and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She also was a member of the college chorus during her freshman year. She became a master gardener. Gilbert W. Cleasby, M.D., was a well-respected ophthalmologist in the Bay Area.