University Libraries Treasure Acquisitions
Program Fund

Launched in 2004, the University Libraries Treasure Acquisitions Program Fund (TAP) provides a way for the University’s friends to support the purchase of significant materials that enhance the Library's Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections holdings.  Donors may contribute funds for timely support when purchase opportunities arise, with the full amount donated being made available for such acquisitions.

Contributors to the Fund may, if they wish, designate that their gift cover a purchase in a particular collecting area.  They may also choose whether or not to be recognized in the library catalogue note as the donor of the item(s) that are purchased with their gifts.

TAP purchases have included medieval manuscript leaves and seventeenth-century first editions, early science books, significant early editions by African-American writers, the writings of the Victorian woman poet Christina Rossetti, World War I pamphlets, Norman Rockwell posters, and examples of fine printing and modern “artist’s books.” A series of gifts over several years has been designated by the donor to support acquisition of historic books about Mexico and meso-american archaeology.

Some examples of the purchases that gifts to the TAP fund have supported include:

Title page of Boyle's 'Experiments' book
Illustrations in Boyle's 'Experiments' book
Title page of Boyle's Experiments book
Illustrations in Boyle's Experiments book

For further information regarding the Treasure Acquisitions Program Fund, please contact Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.

To donate to this or any other fund, please contact us.

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