The Edward S. Hallman American Literature Endowment
This endowment was established by Edward S. Hallman in 2001 to support the enhancement of the holdings of 20th- and 21st-century American literature in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Prior to 2000, Mr. Hallman considered a gift to the University in celebration of the 50th year since his graduation. Early in 2001, Mr. Hallman supported the purchase of a significant collection of the works of Ernest Hemingway that was assembled by Maurice Speiser, then enhanced and held by the Speiser family. This unparalleled collection was named the Speiser and Easterling-Hallman Foundation Collection of Ernest Hemingway and was presented to the University by Mr. Hallman as his 50th reunion gift and to honor his friend Donald C. Easterling.
Since Mr. Hallman’s death in 2007, the Donald C. Easterling-Edward S. Hallman Foundation has administered his generous bequest to the Libraries for the enrichment of the extensive collections of American literature in the Irvin Department.
Edward S. Hallman and Donald C. Easterling
Edward S. Hallman (1940-2007) was a native of Aiken County, South Carolina, and received a degree in English from USC in 1950, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He served for three years as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked as an account executive at Exxon Chemical Company in Atlanta for 27 years before his retirement in 1994. Hallman was a noted community volunteer and philanthropist. He provided scholarship funding for graduates of his alma mater, Monetta High School, and supported many organizations in Atlanta. Mr. Hallman was a proud USC graduate, Class of 1950, and his 2007 bequest has continued to support the Libraries.
Donald C. Easterling (1940-1996) was born in Massachusetts. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of California-San Diego before his service with the Peace Corps in Kenya from 1962-65. Mr. Easterling returned to the United States and earned his Master’s at the University of Florida. A position with The Wall Street Journal took him to Atlanta in 1968, where he had a successful and award-winning career in advertising and was active in the community until his death in 1996.
Important collections of 20th-century American literature supported through the Easterling-Hallman Foundation:
- Speiser and Easterling-Hallman Foundation Collection of Ernest Hemingway, 2001
- Hemingway letters
- C. Edgar and Julie Grissom Collection of Ernest Hemingway, 2012
- Layman Hammett Collection, 2015
- Ron Rash Archive, 2017
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