Katherine Otis and Bruce Oswald Hunt
Biography Collection Endowment

Hunt Collection Bookplate
Hunt Collection Bookplate

This endowment was established in 2002 to honor Katharine Otis Hunt, ’34, and Bruce Oswald Hunt, ’40.  Mrs. Hunt took great pleasure in learning about the lives of interesting and influential people.  She enjoyed reading biographical books and enjoyed viewing biographies prepared for television and film.  She recognized the important role of libraries and wanted to share her love of biographies by supporting the Libraries’ efforts to add biographical works to its collections.

Proceeds from this endowment facilitate the acquisition of biographical materials for the Thomas Cooper Library general collections, South Caroliniana Library, the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and Moving Image Research Collections.  Materials purchased include new print publications and nonprint formats, such as manuscripts, video- and sound-recordings, and electronic versions. Bookplates identify all items added to the collections.

Some recent acquisitions include biographies of Caligula, Branch Rickey, Cleopatra, Malcolm X, Edward Durrell Stone (the architect of Thomas Cooper Library), Gabby Giffords, Billie Jean King, Joseph Heller, Miles Davis, Condoleezza Rice, James Madison, Louis Agassiz, Bernie Madoff, Ronald Reagan, and Joe DiMaggio.  Two valuable reference sources have also been purchased, American Women of Science Since 1900 and International Directory of Business Biographies.

To view all of the materials that have been purchased with funds from the Endowment, search the Library catalog by keyword using "Hunt Biography Collection Endowment".

To donate to this fund and for additional information, please contact us.


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