One constant at the University of Pennsylvania Library has been the commitment of donors to building Penn's collections. Starting with Lewis Evans' gift of two books in 1750, individuals and groups of donors have supported the Library throughout its long history.
The Friends of the Library Endowment Fund provides funding for acquisitions for the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Materials purchased through this fund include:
- Hieronymi Tragi, De stirpium, maxime earum, quae in Germania nostra nascuntur, usitatis nomenclaturis, proprijs[que] differentijs, ne[que] non temperaturis ac facultatibus, commentariorum libri tres
- Victorious secret : [entertaining notions of elite ideals for women, 300 A.D.]
- Critica sacra, or, Observations on all the radices, or primitive Hebrew words of the Old Testament in order alphabeticall, wherein both they (and many derivatives also issuing from them) are fully opened out of the best lexicographers and scholiasts
- Sarah Bulkeley commonplace book, 1797-1821.
- Benjamin S. Stivers commonplace book, 1836-1844.
- Apitii Celii De re coquinaria libri decem.
- Jhelum District cases, 1924-1925.
- Jessie Louise Many Rice diaries, 1909-1930.
- Recipe book, circa 1844-circa 1890.
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