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The George A. Smathers Libraries
great university cannot exist without a great
library. The George A. Smathers Libraries at
the University of Florida manages approxi-
mately four million volumes, 6.7 million micro-
forms, thousands of full-text electronic journals and
almost 500,000 individual maps.
The Smathers Library, formerly Library East,
holds the Latin American Collection, the Special
Collections Department, and the University Archives.
Smathers is the original library for the university;
built in 1925 with additions in 1938 and 1949, it
underwent a major renovation in the mid 1990s.
The Smathers Library Window Project
There remains a major component of this histori-
cally significant structure yet to be addressed the
building's windows, including the most visible
Gothic-style fenestration of the main reading room.
After some 75 years, some of the beautiful "granite
glass" a special type of stained glass has become
broken, cracked, or damaged. Wood sash rails have
deteriorated and window frames have warped and
caused damaging leaks. By carefully restoring the
Gothic windows, the current harmful conditions will
be remedied. Moisture intrusion will stop, and ultra-
violet light- the enemy of library materials, can be
filtered out using invisible modern technology.
Your Support Will Make a Difference
Your support is needed to further the restora-
tion efforts in our "Grand Reading Room." Your gift
of $5,000 will sponsor a window, help preserve the
university's architectural heritage, and ensure a bet-
ter environment for our intellectual heritage.
In appreciation, you will receive a unique commem-
orative sculpture to document your contribution to
the Smathers Library Improvement Project. The
sculptures will be made with fragments of the orig-
inal glass that cannot be reused in the restoration.
Thus, you will be able to enjoy and display a part of
our history glass that helped light the way for
thousands of UF students since 1925. In addition, a
small plaque will be placed beneath each set of
windows in the Smathers Library to recognize in
perpetuity those who helped in this important effort.
Don't Miss This Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity for you to
become involved with the development of our real
initiatives of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the
University of Florida. Our goal is to exceed the cost
of the project and be able to extend your support to
the most needed improvements to our facilities
Please accept my contribution for the funding of a
Smathers Library window.
O $5,000 to sponsor one window
1 $2,500 to sponsor one-half window
Enclosed is my check for $
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Name(s) to appear on plaques (please print or type)
Make check payable to the University of Florida
Foundation, Inc. and mail with form to:
Director of Development
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
PO Box 117001
Gainesville, FL 32611-7001
Your gift may be eligible for a charitable contribution deduction.
The Smathers Libraries are an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
the restoration and repair of the
windows in the Smathers Library.
Private donors can make a great
difference on the financial impact
of the restoration and repair, espe-
cially during these times of limited
funding and government cutbacks.
In appreciation for your gift of $5,000 to sponsor a
window, you will receive a unique commemorative
sculpture made with fragments of the original
glass that cannot be reused in the renovation. In
addition, a small plaque will be placed beneath
each set of windows in the Smathers Library.