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K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Robert Burns Library Endowment

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 this endowment to support the Robert Burns collection at Thomas Cooper Library. Funds will be used to acquire or preserve materials, issue publications and produce events and programs.

The Burns Collection

Mr. Kennedy visited the G. Ross Roy Collection of Burns, Burnsiana and Scottish Poetry at the University Libraries and wished to support its work and future development through the establishment of this Endowment. The Burns Collection, acquired from Professor Roy in 1989 and now housed in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is widely recognized as one of the finest Burns collections in North America.

Portrait of Robert
Burns by Archibald

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).

View A Bicentenary Exhibition from the G. Ross Roy Collection online.

The Kennedys

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).

For more information on this endowment, please contact us.

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Updated 10/17/2017