Book endowment to support professorship...
 Robert Sherwood donates civil war...
 Smathers Libraries inaugurates...
 Libraries' donors honored
 A message from the director


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Table of Contents
    Book endowment to support professorship in College of Design, Construction and Planning
        Page 1
    Robert Sherwood donates civil war documents volumes
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Smathers Libraries inaugurates Leadership Board
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Libraries' donors honored
        Page 6
        Page 7
    A message from the director
        Page 8
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Book endowment to support professorship

in College of Design, Construction and Planning

by Mandelyn Hutcherson

Barbara Fearney recently
committed to fund the first
book endowment in the George
A. Smathers Libraries to support an
endowed professorship. The Ted
Fearney Book Endowment in
Architectural Studies will complement
the Ted Fearney Endowed Professor-
ship in Architecture Fund housed in
the College of Design, Construction
and Planning (DCP). The book
endowment will provide the funds
needed for the faculty member in the
endowed professorship to acquire
research materials such as books,
journals, and microfilm.
Barbara's late husband, Professor
Edward M. (Ted) Fearney, taught
architecture and design at the
University of Florida for 35 years. He
passed away on May 11, 2000. Barbara
described her husband as a vibrant
individual, who was full of life and
committed to helping his students.
She established the book endowment
to keep his memory alive.
"His first love was architecture)'
Barbara said. "He saw to it that his
students were taken care of. We even
sponsored architects to lecture at the
university, who are world renowned,

such as Bucky Fuller, George Nelson,
and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as
Ted was very intellectual, and he
was an avid reader, Barbara said. They
shared a love of books. He read for
knowledge and learning, but even today
she prefers fiction and reads for leisure.
Barbara is quite active in the
First Presbyterian Church, where she

serves as an elder and president of
Presbyterian Women. She also serves
as the secretary to the Micanopy
Historical Cemetery Association. She
is currently working on the publicity
for the 29th Annual Micanopy Fall
Harvest Festival, which is held in the
first weekend of November.
Barbara earned a bachelor's
degree in English from the University
of North Carolina. She said she came
(Continued on page 3)

c' 2 UF alumnus Robert Sherwood
donates Civil War documents
c- 4 Smathers Libraries
inaugurates Leadership Board
S5 Turkish Student Association
adds books to libraries
S6 Libraries' donors honored at
President's Council banquet;
c- 7 Desiderata
c- 8 A Message from the Director

Donor Profile



by Barbara Hood

University of Florida alumnus
Robert W. Sherwood ('61) has
donated a 128-volume set of
the Official Records of the Union and
Confederate Armies and a 31-volume
set of the Official Records of the Union
and Confederate Navies to the George
A. Smathers Libraries. The sets are
shelved in the Government
Documents Department on the first
floor of Marston Science Library and
are available for circulation.
"I thought it would be much better
if other people had access to the
books too'" said Sherwood, "and
decided to donate them to the
University of Florida."
Twenty-five years after the Civil
War ended, the Government Printing
Office gathered together for publica-
tion every piece of field correspon-
dence, along with reports, orders, and
other documents from both the union
and confederate armies. The project
took twenty years to complete and
includes maps that cover battlefields,
troop movements, and cities and their
defenses. The navy also compiled
their documents, which resulted in a
31-volume set.
The donated volumes are a reprint
from the National Historical Society,
and are identical to the original set,
but with improved bindings. The
covers and pages from the original
printing have disintegrated over the
years, making them difficult to
handle and read.
The George A. Smathers Libraries'
Government Documents Department

Robert Sherwood in front of a portrait
he commissioned of his great-grand-
father, Charles H. Royce, depicted as a
First Lieutenant, leading his men into
battle. When the Civil War ended, those
who fought wrote their memoirs,
resulting in more being written about
that war than World War II. The back-
ground for the painting above was
drawn from a regimental history,
which described in detail the weather,
the condition of the trees, and the
lighting at different times of the day,
giving a complete picture of the
surroundings. With that information in
mind, the artist was able to paint a
portrait depicting the way things
looked on that particular day in 1864.

has an original copy of the set but it is
in disrepair. According to department
head Jan Swanbeck, "This almost
perfect edition allows us to circulate
copies and to ensure that we have a
copy remaining on the shelf. This is a

federal documents depository library
for the state of Florida and smaller
libraries wouldn't otherwise have
access to the set so this puts us in a
more flexible situation.
"They are used by historians doing
research on the Civil War, and most
importantly by genealogists research-
ing their ancestors. The set is noted on
every genealogy site, and the nice part
is that when a person wants to hone in
on something specific, it's easy. A table
of contents for the volumes is includ-
ed, making it simple to locate targeted
information;' said Swanbeck.
Sherwood said he often used the
volumes for research when he wanted
to learn more about his great-grand-
father, Charles H. Royce from Monticello,
New York, who was a member of both
the 37th Massachusetts and 57th
Massachusetts Volunteers, eventually
rising to the rank of Major. To say
Sherwood is knowledgeable about the
Civil War is an understatement. While
doing his research he read hundreds
of Civil War biographies and walked
every major Civil War battlefield.
"When I discovered that in the
spring, summer, and fall of 1864 my
great-grandfather went to Virginia to
fight against Robert E. Lee, it triggered
my interest in the Civil War;'
Sherwood said. "Then I went to the
National Archives. At that time every-
thing was on microfiche. I searched
his name and regiment and found a
stack of information. He was wounded
twice and cited for valiant and merito-
rious service. I got hooked after that

Page 2 c- Chapter One

and started looking for Civil War
material. I've been reading and read-
ing to learn as much as I can about it."
"After the war, my great-grand-
father was appointed by Ulysses S.
Grant, who was president at the time,
as the United States consul in Prague,
Czechoslovakia [then the kingdom of
Bohemia]. During the five years he
spent in Prague, he entertained
dignitaries, including Grant and
[General William T.] Sherman. Later
he returned to Monticello and was a
supervisor of officials;' added
Sherwood retired from Shell Oil
Company after 36 years, in 1998,
having held many jobs, among them
Region Manager, Division Manager,
and Manager of Advertising and
Sales Promotion. After moving twelve
times and living in the Southwest,
Southeast, West Coast, Northeast, and
Midwest, and raising four children,
he and his wife Nan made their way
back to Gainesville. "We met in
Gainesville and we were married
while we were at the University of
Florida. We had a lot of good memo-
ries of Gainesville," he said.
A Health and Human Performance
major, graduating in 1961, Sherwood
was captain of the Florida basketball
team, a high scorer, and still ranks
among UF's all-time top ten rebound-
ers. He and Nan also support the
university through the College of
Health & Human Performance, the
Alumni Association, and Gator
Boosters as Bull Gators. c>

Book Endowment (Continuedfrom page 1)

to Florida as a bride, when UF recruit-
ed her husband to teach while he was
working at an architectural firm in
Jacksonville. She remarked that her
husband's commitment to his
students was clearly evident when the
students graduated and began their
own careers. She said former students
would come back and hire Ted to work
in their offices during the summer
break. To this day Barbara continues
to stay in touch with some of Ted's
students, who graduated more than 50
years ago.
The Ted Fearney Endowed
Professorship in Architecture Fund
was established through the generosity
of students who wanted to honor Ted
and his dedication. The students, led
by Tim Seibert, Gene Leedy, and Ken
Treister, surprised the Fearneys at the
1950-55 class reunion in 1997 by
announcing the professorship to be
established in Ted's name. Gifts from
many of Ted's former architecture
students, longtime friend, Seibert, and
Barbara totaled more than $200,000
to endow the professorship.
Directors of Development Sandra
Melching and Marcia Bourdon collabo-
rated to propose the Ted Fearney Book
Endowment in Architecture to Barbara.
While having lunch, they introduced
the idea of a book endowment to
support the established professorship.
Barbara laughed and said she thought
it was a great idea, but it turned out be
quite an expensive lunch.
"I was glad that I was able to do
this for the libraries and DCP, and I
am glad that they thought of it'"
Barbara said.
Melching, director of development
for the libraries, said she believes this
unique opportunity will provide an ex-
ample for others with similar interests.

"Establishing a professorship is a
testament to an individual's interest in
the college or unit of their choice, and
through a book endowment, they have
the added benefit of providing for the
greater UF community by supporting
the acquisition of research materials
in a chosen field"' Melching said.
Barbara said she has always had
an interest in libraries, and she volun-
teered in the local library as a young
woman while her children were going
to school.
"If I had had a career, I would have
been a librarian"' Barbara remarked.
In 2001 Barbara gave her and
Ted's personal library to the
Architecture and Fine Arts Library.
Their library consisted of more than
300 items, and Barbara supplemented
the gift with the funds needed to
process the books and materials.
Barbara has also been recognized at
the President's Council Society level.
The President's Council Society recog-
nizes donors who have made commit-
ments of or who have reached cumu-
lative giving of at least $100,000, or
who have made documented bequest
or insurance policy commitments of at
least $500,000.
Director of Development for the
College of Design, Construction and
Planning Marcia Bourdon said that the
University of Florida is fortunate to
have donors like the Fearneys who
understand and support the work of
faculty members.
"Barbara's new gifts will continue
the legacy that she and Ted began when
the professorship was established)' said
Bourdon. "Their commitment to archi-
tecture education is evident in Barbara's
ongoing support to provide ways for
our professors to further their teaching
and research objectives." c-
Chapter One c-- Page 3

Susannah Borg serves as president

by Mandelyn Hutcherson

T he recently established
Leadership Board for the
University of Florida George A.
Smathers Libraries is comprised of 24
members who make their homes from
Gainesville, Florida, to Houston, Texas.
The board is dedicated to helping the
libraries increase its visibility and
resources through awareness and
fund-raising activities.
The leadership board held its first
meeting on February 28, 2003, and
named as its inaugural president
Susannah Borg, an editor and publish-
ing consultant from Ponte Vedra. The
fall meeting was held on September 19.
Borg has more
than 25 years of h I
experience in the
book world and a
profound interest I
in promoting the l
libraries' collec-
tions. She feels that *
the leadership wrl
board can help the
UF libraries better
position itself by _
increasing aware-
ness around the
"I was really astonished that I
knew so little about the depth of the
resources available in the UF libraries.
If someone like me, who is in the book
business, doesn't know, then there
must also be others completely
unaware of these treasures," Borg said.
Borg noted she is fascinated by
the diversity of the libraries' collec-
tions, including the Special and Area
Page 4 c- Chapter One

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Studies Collections. What really
caught her attention was the historical
importance of the libraries' collections
to the state and the nation. While Borg
sees the leadership board playing an
important and active role in obtaining
collections and improving their fund-
ing, she emphasized that the board's
primary goal is to aid in lifting the
libraries' quality to one that is
consistent with the level of academic
importance of the university.
Director of University Libraries
Dale Canelas spoke to the board and
explained that their assistance would
be vital to the libraries' awareness and
efforts during
Bs e tng these times of
uncertain govern-
ment funding and
budget constraints.
"Our collec-
tions are small in
Ph.tD.b comparison to our
a peers: UF holds
4 million volumes;
Berkeley-9 million;
snhe Illinois-9 million;
Texas-8 million;
UCLA-7 million; Michigan-7 million;'
said Canelas. "Why is this important?
Because the number of students we
serve is the 4th largest student body
in the country, and the number of
Ph.D. programs we support is the 8th
largest program, but our book budget
is only the 22nd largest."'
Borg congratulated Canelas for
her superb job explaining the chang-
ing nature of the libraries. During the

board's inau-
gural meeting
the members
toured both
the Smathers
Library and
Library West.
The board
received a
behind the
scenes look at the preservation
department and the digital library
center; they also had the opportunity
to visit an exhibit of the libraries' Holy
Land Maps and the One City One
Story exhibit.
"Libraries are complicated in that
we all use them, for many different
reasons, but we do not know how they
are actually put together and func-
tion' said Borg. "Educating our board
members on the modern day library
was what we set out to accomplish in
our first session. With the changing
nature of digitization and information
searching, the libraries are being
transformed substantially. The
libraries are really two distinct opera-
tions running simultaneously: one is
that of preservation and the other is
that of the transfer of information and
data out into the electronic world. We
have to be able to raise funds to pro-
mote both sections, and they are two
distinctly different interest groups?'
The leadership board is composed
of alumni, faculty, retired faculty,
friends, attorneys, a bookstore owner,
a book dealer and volunteers from
across the state. Members reside in
Fort Myers, Gainesville, Island Grove,
(Continued on page 5)

;I S a h rs Libraries inaugurates II II; I~L I~ I Leadership Board ~

Leadership board (Continued from page 4)

Jacksonville, Mcintosh, Miami, Ponte
Vedra, Saint James City, Saint
Petersburg and Houston, Texas. Borg's
previous experience with such groups
reinforces the need for a diverse group
of individuals with different points of
view. She stressed the value of working
in board members' local areas,
because when dealing with awareness
and fund-raising issues, it is impor-
tant to be small and focused.
"I think this could become a really
high visibility committee as they take
the libraries' collections and experts
around the state for exhibitions or
lectures)' Borg said. "I feel that
through my position in other roles
around the state, I can help the
libraries make a greater impact. Once
people realize what is available, it will
become easier to raise funds to build
even stronger collections. This under-
scores the need for a wide and varied
board comprised of members from all
regions of the state?'
Six members of the leadership
board are from the Fort Myers area
including Marilyn Adkins, Suzanne
Edwards, Ann Smoot, Marjorie
Starnes, Cathy Thompson and R.J.
Wiltshire. They are very active volun-
teers in their local community, and as
Wiltshire points out, auxiliaries are
essential in the communities of the
board members.
"Our local communities are a
resource for our efforts on the board)'
Wiltshire said. "It is very important
that we be able to tell the story of the
UF Libraries to our friends, colleagues
and fellow citizens at home. The auxil-
iaries will facilitate this communica-
tion, and we can send people to
Gainesville to hear the story, and then
bring it home to share with others"'
The Leadership Board is a service
organization of the George A.

Smathers Libraries. They influence
development and advancement on
behalf of the libraries. In this role, the
board acts as advocates of special
causes, needs, and projects of the
libraries throughout the local, state,
and regional communities. The board
also advises and assists the director of
university libraries and the director of
development with securing financial
and gift-in-kind resources on behalf
of the libraries.
Bruce Smathers, Jacksonville
attorney and leadership board
member, said, "The library system of
the university is like the central
nervous system of the human body.
The central nervous system... is essen-
tial to the effective operations of every
part of the body, essential to its life.
Without the library system, the
university as a center of learning
could not function and would cease to
exist. The libraries are essential to the
university. And, it goes without saying,
that without a great library system,
you cannot have a great university"
Current members of the leadership
board include Marilyn Adkins,
Susannah Borg, Sidney Ann Brinson,
Keith Douglas, Suzanne Edwards,
Anne Haisley, Carol Higman, Walter
Jewett, Madelyn Lockhart, Suzanne
Montgomery, Toby Muir, Charlotte
Porter, Jeanne Rochford, Jeanne Sims,
Michael Slicker, Bruce Smathers, Ann
Smoot, Marjorie Starnes, Suzanne
Taylor, Cathy Thompson, Georgia
Wahl, David West, R.J. Wiltshire and
Thomas Woodell.
For more information on the George
A. Smathers Libraries Leadership
Board, please contact Director of
Development Sandra Fox Melching at
sfmelching@mail.uflib.ufl.edu or
(352) 392-0342. c-

by Barbara Hood
The Turkish Student Association
wanted to see more books on Turkey
in the libraries' collection so they
purchased and donated several volumes
to the George A. Smathers Libraries.
"As an international organization
at UF, we would like to see our cam-
pus as a more diverse environment
where people from different back-
grounds can get a chance to learn
about other cultures. We are trying to
help this cause by creating opportu-
nities for people to get a glimpse into
the culture of our country, Turkey'
said Memet Unsal, president of the
association. "I think one of the best
ways to do so is to donate books to
the university library so that individ-
uals can learn about our country by
reading. The more we know about
other cultures, the more we'll under-
stand our similarities and the unique
differences that make diversity beau-
tiful. Reaching this understanding
will make us shed our prejudices and
be more tolerant. That is why even
though we are a student organization
with a limited budget, we'll donate
more books in the future besides
participating in cultural activities."
The books include the following:
* Turkey From the Air
* Living in Istanbul
* Turkey: Blue Guide
* The Emergence of Modern Turkey
* Istanbul: Eyewitness Travel Guides
* El-ciiici i' Turkish
* Ataturk: The Biography of the
Founder of Modern Turkey
* Classical Turkish Cooking
* Classical Turkish Cooking:
Traditional Turkish Food for the
American Kitchen

Chapter One c-- Page 5

Libraries' donors honored

at President's Council recognition banquet
by Mandelyn Hutcherson

our major library donors were
recognized for making com-
mitments to the University of
Florida and the George A. Smathers
Libraries during the last year at the
President's Council recognition ban-
quet on May 17 at the Renaissance-
Vinoy Resort in Saint Petersburg.
Drs. Alan and Linde Katritzky
were recognized for the Cabinet level
of giving to the University of Florida.
The Katritzkys have been continuous
supporters of the libraries through the
Howe Society, and over the years Alan,
Kenan Professor and director of the
Institute for Heterocyclic Compounds
in the University of Florida Department
of Chemistry, has donated significant

quantities of learned journals to the
libraries. They also support several
programs in the College of Liberal Arts
& Sciences, the College of Health and
Human Performance, the College of
Journalism and Communications, the
Florida Museum of Natural History,
and the Harn Museum of Art.
Frances Arthur Holmes was
recognized for the Academy level of
giving to the University of Florida.
Frances and her late husband,
Maurice Holmes, began establishing
gift annuities in 1986. They have
Page 6 c-- Chapter One

provided for perma-
nent scholarships to
students in the
College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences
through the Maurice
Coffyn Memorial
Scholarship. Since
1991, Frances has added to the initial
scholarship fund in the College of
Liberal Arts, established scholarships in
the classics department, and supported
the Brain institute and the libraries.
The Mortimer B. Bates Estate
and Philip S. May, Jr. and Gloria B.
May were recognized for the Society
level of giving to the University of
Florida. The late Mortimer Bates made
a bequest to the libraries, which was
matched with funds from the state of
Florida. Mortimer, an alumnus from
the College of Business Administra-
tion, supported the University of
Florida through the College of
Business Administration, the College
of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Institute of
Food and Agricultural Science and the
general university. Richard Bates
represents his father's estate.

The Mays played an instrumental
role in the acquisition and donation of
a large number of letters by Marjorie

Kinnan Rawlings,
author of The Yearling
(1938), to the
libraries. This addi-
tion of letters through
the donation and a
gift-purchase agree-
ment by the Mays
raised the number of her letters in the
Smathers Libraries holdings to more
than 1,400. The Mays have also
supported the Alumni Association, the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
and the general university.
"All of these donors demonstrate a
real commitment to both scholarship
and learning)' said Director of
University Libraries Dale Canelas.
"Their contributions to the libraries
will provide continuing resources for
future generations of both scholars
and students. Because they give us the
resources to increase the breadth and
depth of the collections that support
the university's academic program,
these gifts make the difference
between an ordinary library and a
great library." c-

President's Council Recognition Levels
Cabinet recognizes donors who have made
commitments of or who have reached cumula-
tive giving of at least $1 million or who have
made documented bequest or insurance policy
commitments of at least $5 million.
Academy recognizes donors who have made
commitments of or who have reached cumula-
tive giving of at least $500,000, or who have
made documented bequest or insurance policy
commitments of at least $2.5 million.
Society recognizes donors who have made
commitments of or who have reached cumulative
giving of at least $100,000, or who have made
documented bequest or insurance policy
commitments of at least $500,000.

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Students, faculty, and librarians are always looking for the perfect resource to
complement their research. While we do our best to be responsive to special needs,
there are always a few titles or equipment needs that lie beyond our grasp. If you are
interested in helping the Smathers Libraries acquire any of the following, please contact
Sandra Melching, director of development, at (352) 392-0342.

Confidential British Foreign Office Political Correspondence: China Series. 1920-1923,
109 reels microfilm: $19,725; 1924-1926, 81 reels microfilm: $14,290. Libraries have
years 1906-1919 and coverage of additional years will enhance the research materials
on China's Republican Period.

American Association of University Women Archives, 1881- 1976. Historically relevant in
terms of women's rights, hits on important social issues such as sex discrimination,
alcoholism, child abuse, mental health, civil rights, affirmative action, prison reform.
People will be able to study the history of women's status in education and work relat-
ed fields, issues of world consequence covered by the AAUW research reports, impor-
tant social legislation and the part women played in its passage, women's accomplish-
ments in education and other fields over the course of the past century. $16,245

Gerritson ('II, i ,: of Women's History, 1543-1945. History of feminism with pro and
con perspectives on women's suffrage, famous women authors, feminist movements,
etc. $77,370

Sephardic Editions, 1550-1820. Spanish and Portuguese Books \'it, ,: and/or Published
by Sephardic Jews of Early Moder Europe. A microfiche collection published by IDC
Publishers, with an accompanying CD-ROM containing the descriptive bibliography by
Dr. Harm de Boer, University of Amsterdam, Spanish and Portuguese Printing in the
Northern il, Il, I1,i, 1584-1825. $4,500

Support for the digitization of (and making available on the World Wide Web) the
ten-volume catalog, The Parkman Dexter Howe Library. $1,500



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Please use my gift for the following:
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Special & Area Studies Collections
SLatin American Collection
Price Library of Judaica
African Studies Collection
Asian Studies Collection
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History
SBaldwin Library of Historical
Children's Literature
Belknap Performing Arts Collection
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_Education Library
_ Journalism & Communications Library
_ Map & Imagery Library
_Music Library
SMarston Science Library
Di-.l .1 i .. Center
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Director for Technical Services
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Director for Collections
Stephen Shorb
Director for Support Services
Carol Turner
Director for Public Services
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Director of Development
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Chapter One
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A Mesg from th Direto

collections, collections, collec-
tions. I would be surprised if
you hadn't noticed that every
one of the articles in this issue
addresses collections in some way. Just
as location is one of the primary
measures of the worth of a piece of
property, so the collections of a
research library are a primary meas-
ure of its worth. Scholars and students
will travel from state to state or coun-
try to country to use great libraries.
Why do they do this? They go to the
great libraries because researching a
subject in a library that holds a com-
prehensive collection in the desired
subject area makes their work go
faster and easier. If, for example, your
goal were to write a book and you had
six months to do research, you would
be able to accomplish much more
work in a library that held all the
materials you needed than in a library
with limited collections that required

you to borrow through Inter-Library
Loan many of the books you needed
to read and assess for your project.
It is just this quality that attracts
outstanding professors and graduate
students. If one has a choice between a
university with a modest library and a
university with an outstanding library,
the university that best supports one's
academic work that is, makes it
quicker and easier to keep up with
one's field and publish is the most
attractive alternative. For these
reasons, library directors seek funds
from multiple sources, including
donors, to increase the breadth and
depth of the collections. And luckily, we
are able to find donors who love books,
who love certain subjects and collect
wisely in those areas, and who appreci-
ate the opportunity to provide students
and faculty with rich and deep collec-
tions that challenge the intelligence and
creativity of UF's scholars.

This issue
of Chapter One
covers gifts in
widely dis- m
parate fields:
architecture, civil war history, chem-
istry, Turkish culture and history,
Special Collections (rare and unique
materials in history and culture), and
electronic publications in all subject
areas. And yet, this wide array of
subjects barely scratches the surface
of all the areas in which UF teaches
and researches. We are extraordinari-
ly grateful for the people who have
chosen to give us their collections
and/or provide funding for specific
subject areas. The UF Libraries are
the culmination of the past and a
legacy for the future; we hope many
more of you will join these donors in
helping to build the great and endur-
ing library that UF deserves. c-
Dale B. Canelas
Director of UF Libraries