|K.D. Kennedy addressing the audience at the celebration of
Dr. G. Ross Roy's 80th birthday, August 24, 2004
Mr. K. D. Kennedy, Jr., established the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Robert Burns Library Endowment to support the Robert Burns collection at Thomas Cooper Library. Materials acquired or preserved, publications issued, and events or programs produced with support from this Endowment will be appropriately recognized.
The Burns Collection
|Portrait of Robert Burns
by Archibald Skirving
Mr. Kennedy visited the G. Ross Roy Collection of Burns, Burnsiana and Scottish Poetry at the University of South Carolina, and wished to support its work and future development through the establishment of this Endowment. The Burns Collection, acquired from Professor Roy in 1989, is now widely recognized as one of the best Burns collections in North America. It regularly attracts researchers from around the world. An additional gift by Mr. Kennedy allowed the library to purchase a rare early American edition of Burns's Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Wilmington, Delaware, 1804).
To view A Bicentenary Exhibition from the G. Ross Roy Collection online, please visit http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/britlit/burns/burns.html.
K. D. and Sara Lynn Riley Kennedy reside in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they are active in philanthropy, education and theater. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Duke University and North Carolina State University and is an avid Burns enthusiast. He has written two books of poetry: Our Place in Time (2002) and Waiting Out in The Yard (2006).
To donate to this fund or for additional information, please contact us.