Collection Endowments

From Captain Cook to Computer Science, Endowed Collections Make the Difference

The Pam and Sam Knight endowment bookplate.

From centuries old materials documenting Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages to one of the nation’s most comprehensive food and wine-related book collections, the UC San Diego Library has information resources for everyone.

Collection endowments established by alumni and friends help to fund not only special collections, but core materials that are used every day by our undergraduate students. An endowed fund is an investment that generates annual income for the Library in perpetuity. These gifts allow the Library to maintain and grow its world-class collection of resources and materials which fuel the university’s research and innovation enterprise.

Sam Knight’s, ’73, involvement with the UC San Diego Library spans back to his time as an engineering student at UC San Diego in the early 1970s.

The Dorothy D. Gregor endowment bookplate.

The Julianne Larsen and James Forbes endowment bookplate.

“During my years as a Revelle undergraduate, UCSD provided a community rich with opportunities, diversity that expanded my world perspective, educational opportunities that have served me my entire career, and a great environment in which to simply grow up during my early adult years,” said Knight, who fondly recalls studying in what was then the Central Library (now the Geisel Library building). “I’ve sustained a deep connection to UC San Diego ever since.”

With a family tradition of giving back to the community and supporting the organizations important to them, Knight has made it a point to support his alma mater with his time and resources. He also served as a member of the University Librarian Advisory Board for several years. When he learned about collection endowments as a giving opportunity, he was at first skeptical that “only families who own oil companies” could afford to establish endowments. But he soon learned that he could make a great impact on the UC San Diego Library. “Modest endowments can mean a great deal to the ability to expand collections to ensure they are fresh and expansive,” said Knight.

Having built a successful career in computer science, Knight established a collection endowment focused on his passions: computers, business and entrepreneurialism. “My contribution didn’t build a new wing in the library, but there are shelves with titles that might not have been made available otherwise,” he continued. “A UC San Diego Library collection endowment is a lasting, physical way to provide a legacy that touches students and faculty every day. I am certain that I won’t recognize the physical form of the fruits of my endowment decades from now, but I know that the university library will acquire and share the richest and most valuable information to serve UC San Diego’s mission.”

Likewise, as UC San Diego’s former University Librarian, Dorothy Gregor understands—probably more than most—the value of collection endowments. In 2011, she established the Dorothy D. Gregor Collection Endowment, which supports the greatest needs of UC San Diego Library collections. Unrestricted gifts, like Gregor’s, allow the Library to respond to its most critical collection needs and take advantage of exciting opportunities that would not otherwise be possible.

“I remember with great fondness the years I worked at the UC San Diego Library, and an endowment is an opportunity to continue the connection,” said Gregor. “I also remember the need to be able to fund special purchases or projects for which we often had no available funding and hope that my endowment will provide future university librarians with some discretionary funds to respond to those needs and opportunities.”

Collection endowments are just one of the many ways that you can make a difference with a gift to the UC San Diego Library. To learn more, please visit libraries.ucsd.edu/about/give or contact us at (858) 822-4554 or LibrariesGiving@ucsd.edu.

Exhibits & Events

“Fantastic Fans from Africa & the African Diaspora.”

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“Also There: Unsung Voices from the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality.”

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“Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!”

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“A Nation of Readers.”

  • March 1 – June 30
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“From Shtetl to Shtetl: A Journey Across Three Continents.” Talk by Franklin Gaylis.

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