Major Gifts

Major gifts can be in the form of a one-time monetary donation or in the form of a gift-in-kind, which is usually an important collection of books or media in a specific field of study. Memorial funds and gifts may be set up to acknowledge and honor a person close to the donor.

To discuss a major gift, please contact John Tombarge, University Librarian.

The following donors are supporting the University Library through a major gift.

The Jack Freeman Antarctic Book Collection

Jack Freeman, class of 1959, donated his Antarctic book collection to W&L in the hope that students will become as interested in polar exploration as he is. Freeman went on several explorations of Antarctica as a field assistant. As part of this gift, Freeman funded a display case for exhibiting his collection.

Friends of the Library
Mary Willson Hilliard Fund

The Mary Willson Hilliard Fund was established through a planned gift to Washington and Lee University in 1991. She received her Bachelors from Wellesley College and her Masters from LeHigh University. She moved to Lexington in the late 1970s and often visited Special Collections. She was a generous supporter of the library’s work with cash donations and gifts-in-kind. She passed away June 24, 2009 in Lexington.

VFIC Fund

Generously provided by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. The VFIC provides a central, convenient and effective way for donors to support private higher education throughout Virginia.

Mr. & Mrs. Coleman Wortham III Fund
In 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Wortham III purchased “Eighteenth Century Collections Online” for the University. It is among the most ambitious single digitization projects ever undertaken; more than 180,000 titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 are digitized. This database searches the complete text of more than 33 million pages of every significant English language and foreign language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.