C. Warren Irvin, Jr. and Josephine B. Irvin Endowment Fund
The late Dr. C. Warren Irvin, Jr., physician, scholar, and collector, made a welcome and lasting gift to the University. Having built an extensive personal library of publications by and relating to Charles Darwin and to the development and understanding of modern scientific thought, Dr. Irvin, a retired cardiologist, donated his collection to the University of South Carolina’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The C. Warren Irvin, Jr. Collection of Darwin and Darwiniana is a unique gift to current and future scientists, historians, and bibliographers.
Dr. and Mrs. Irvin also made a tandem gift to establish the C. Warren Irvin, Jr. and Josephine B. Irvin Endowment Fund to support and preserve the Darwin collection in the years ahead. Income from the endowment will be used to augment the collection and maintain the books and manuscripts. In the future, the endowment may also be sufficient to support a graduate fellowship, enabling students to perform extensive research in the collection.
Dr. Irvin took courses on campus following his retirement and was actively involved with the further development of his collection following its transfer. Together, Dr. and Mrs. Irvin made the lead gift to the building fund for the new special collections library, and the department of rare books and special collections is now named the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in their honor.
The Irvin family’s connection to the Department and the Library continues to this day as sons C. Warren Irvin and Wilmot Brown Irvin have served on the boards of the Thomas Cooper Society, the Ex Libris Society, and the University South Caroliniana Society.
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