Building and Preserving Collections for Scholars and Students

Robert and Fredricka Driver

Robert and Fredricka Driver

Collection endowments are an extremely important funding resource for all libraries. At the UC San Diego Library, such endowments have been critical in supporting and growing collections. The interest income from these endowments ensures that the Library's information resources will be maintained and enhanced in perpetuity. Over the last 40 years, supporters of the UC San Diego Library have established more than 50 collection endowments that support myriad academic disciplines and intellectual interests.

In the last quarter, several collection endowments have been enhanced or newly established-including one from a long established San Diego family, as well as endowments from a University faculty member and an alumna. The Library is very appreciative of these important contributions from our supporters and friends.

In December 2014, a significant gift was made by the children of Robert and Fredricka Driver to strengthen the Fredricka Driver Endowment Library Fund. This endowment was established in 1986, in conjunction with an NEH matching grant by long-time San Diegan and civic leader, Robert "Bob" Driver, in honor of his wife, Fredricka, best known as Freddie. "Our parents both had a deep love of learning and were thrilled when UC San Diego was established in 1960, in a location so close to their Del Mar home" said Sandy Driver Gordon. "My mother especially appreciated what an education could bring, attending Pomona College at a time when women generally did not pursue higher education."

Pamela Newcomb

The Driver family also felt the importance of giving back, and demonstrated their generosity to the San Diego community in numerous ways. Bob-founder of one of San Diego's most prominent independent insurance brokerage firms-was a major supporter of Project Concern (now Project Concern International), a humanitarian, San Diego-based non-profit, and also ran for a number of political offices. Freddie's many charitable activities included volunteering as head of the San Diego Girl Scouts and Door of Hope, a home for unwed mothers.

"With this recent gift," said Brian Schottlaender, the Library's University Librarian, "the Driver endowment is now one of the Library's largest collection endowments and provides significant support for the humanities materials. We thank the Driver family for their continued commitment to the Library and the University."

We are also delighted that two new collection endowments were recently created. These include the Pamela Newcomb Library Collection Endowment, established by alumna Pamela Newcomb, in support of humanities collections. Pamela graduated in 1981, with a degree in history and classical studies and felt that the Library supported her studies in a very meaningful way.

"I am enthusiastic to be able to create this endowment in support of the humanities collections," said Pamela. "The Library was so important to my educational experience at UC San Diego and I feel fortunate that I can now support the excellence of the information resources available to future generations of students, faculty, and the general public."

Paul and Clare Friedman

Pamela's gift will help nurture a new generation of humanities scholars who can take advantage of cutting-edge research materials in classical studies, history, art, philosophy, literature, music, and other topics that form many cultural heritages.

A second collection endowment was established by long-time Library supporters, Paul and Clare Friedman, whose endowment provides unrestricted support for the Library's general research collections. Paul Friedman is a professor emeritus at UC San Diego; Clare Friedman is a retired faculty member at USD.

"We are delighted to establish the Paul and Clare Friedman Library Collection Endowment at the UC San Diego Library," said the Friedmans. "As emeriti faculty and lifelong readers, it means a great deal to us to support the Library's collections and their vital role in fueling discovery and learning at UC San Diego and beyond. We have supported the Library for many years and felt it was the right time to create an endowed fund that will impact the resources available to students and faculty for generations to come. We encourage others to do the same!" If

If you are interested in providing collection endowment support to the UC San Diego Library, please contact Julie Sully, Director of Development, at 858-822-4554 or jsully@ucsd.edu.

Exhibits & Events

"National Poetry Month."

  • April 1 - April 30
  • Various Library Locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Roundtable Discussion."

  • April 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Earth Week Green Maker Fair."

  • April 22, 11:30 - 1:00pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: "I Had to Clean My Heart" A Film by Robert Schneider and Alberto Lau."

  • April 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Holocaust Living History Workshop.
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"National Preservation Week: Pop-Up Exhibits & Events."

  • April 26 - May 2
  • Geisel Library locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Randol Schoenberg, “star” of “Woman in Gold."

  • May 6, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Hojel Hall, Copley International Conference Center.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Library Chimes Featured in La Jolla Symphony Premiere."

  • May 2 and May 3
  • Mandeville Auditorium.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

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Dolores Davies

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