The University of Kansas Libraries received a major gift from former KU Librarian Ann Hyde. The estate gift of $655,000 was designated to support maintenance of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
Hyde, who died in June 2014, was manuscripts librarian at Spencer Research Library before she retired in 2000. Her gift will provide funds for maintenance and improvements on the north side of the building, to ensure preservation of valuable library materials.
“Ann was a valued and respected member of the KU Libraries team for many decades, and she loved her work,” said Beth Whittaker, assistant dean for distinctive collections and director of the Spencer Research Library. “Ann’s contributions as manuscripts librarian were integral in raising the profile of Spencer among the world’s special collections libraries. We continue to benefit from her diligent work in describing manuscripts, even as we move that work into the digital age.”
Ann’s generous gift complements a 2015 gift to the KU Libraries from the late Alexandra “Sandy” Mason, Spencer’s first librarian. Mason left a $1.03 million estate gift to KU Endowment to benefit KU Libraries, and specifically, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Her gift established the Ann Hyde Fellowship for Medieval and Early Modern British and European Manuscripts in honor of her lifetime friend.
Hyde’s estate gift counts toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.
The campaign is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.