Students, researchers, and citizens will have better access to historical treasures of the Pacific Northwest and other rare material, thanks to a gift from Portland-based Paulson Investment Company, Inc., the Northwest's largest independent brokerage firm. The gift will support the library's Special Collections, a repository housing rare books, manuscripts, historical photographs,and other unique materials. The Special Collections Reading Room has been renamed the Paulson Reading Room in honor of Paulson Investment Company, Inc.
Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand dedicated a gift of books from the Thai Royal Family to the University of Oregon Libraries on July 16, 2006. The ceremony was held in the South Reading Room of Knight Library. Her Royal Highness is the granddaughter of His Royal Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
If you're a fan of University of Oregon athletics and have some favorite sports memories etched in your mind from your days on campus, you should visit sportshistory.uoregon.edu. You can bring some of those memories back to life in the comfort of your home of office, thanks to Terry and Dave Taylor '78, who have funded a library project called Leadership and Legacy: Athletics and the University of Oregon.
UO students, faculty members and the general public will have better access to such information in the University of Oregon Archives, thanks to a $1.4-million gift from Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari of Aptos, California, to endow the university's historian-archivist position.
A $2.5 million gift from Dave and Nancy Petrone will provide student scholarships, new classrooms and laboratories, an endowed librarian position, and funds for sports marketing and a new health research center.
Early English Books Online (EEBO), a database containing digitized facsimiles of all printed materials published in Great Britain between 1473 and 1700 and materials published elsewhere in the world in English during the same period, has recently been added to the library's collection. EEBO materials include books, tracts, pamphlets, advertisements, ballads, rhymes, and other ephemera. Access to EEBO was made possible in part by a gift to the UO Libraries from Tom and Mimi Hartfield.
Since its inception, there has been a good deal of enthusiasm about the Undergraduate Library Research Award Program. In the fall of 2005, Barbara Blinco Sparks and Jon and Lisa Stine decided to fully endow the scholarships so future generations of undergraduate students will be recognized for their application of library resources to original research and scholarship.