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Learn about the new Special Collections Center

Donors and Naming Opportunities

Donors

We are enormously grateful to the many alumni, Penn parents and friends who have stepped forward with generous gifts to help fund this major renovation:
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Stacey, C'95, & Michael Bennett
  • Judy Bollinger, WG'81 PAR'14
  • William G. Bollinger, PAR'14
  • Laura Brown
  • The Class of 1937
  • The Class of 1967
  • The Class of 1978, 25th reunion
  • The Class of 1982
  • Carrie Ohly-Cusack & Tom Cusack, C'77 W'77
  • Alice George, GGS'96, CGS'07
  • Jackie & Erik Gershwind, W'93
  • Madeleine & Joseph Glossberg, W'63 WG'65
  • Merle & Marshall Goldman, W'52
  • Patricia & Bernard Goldstein, W'53 PAR'83
  • Ghislain Gouraige, Jr., C'80, PAR'08
  • Jill R. Granader, C'89, & Robert Granader
  • Sandra Grymes
  • Christine Hikawa, CW'73 & David Windreich
  • Sandee & Jim Hoesley, PAR'07 PAR'08
  • Denise & Alan Jacobs, C'67 PAR'09
  • Danielle Pinet & Jeff Keil, W'65 PAR'91
  • Susanna E. Lachs, CW'74, ASC'76 & Dean Stewart Adler, W'79, L'83, PAR'11, PAR'15
  • Julia, W'83, & Edward Mally, W'83 PAR'13
  • Elisabeth Magalnick Martin, C'80, & Michael Duddy
  • Margy Meyerson, G'93
  • Ellen & Herbert Moelis, W'53 PAR'78 PAR'80 PAR'82
  • Parents Program, Class of 2010
  • Sharon & Joshua Polan, W'69 G'70 PAR'97
  • Jane Schaps & Joseph Rascoff, W'67
  • Frances, ED'48, & Harold Rosenbluth, C'47 L'50
  • Cynthia Chang Scanlan, C'84 & Brian J. Scanlan, W'84, PAR'15
  • Ana & Jeff Seltzer, W'78 PAR'09
  • Katherine & Dhiren Shah, W'82
  • Molly & Andrew Snyder, W'92
  • Gioetta & Alberto Vitale, WG'59 PAR'90
  • David Weigle, W'69
  • Ronald F. E. Weissman

Naming Opportunities for the Special Collections Center

Rare Book Reading Room - $1.5 million

A commitment of $1.5 million will create an inviting and comfortable space for Penn students and faculty, and scholars from around the world to consult Penn's rare books and manuscripts. Situated on the north side of the building, the room will be showered in natural northern light and will be free of distractions. The room will also include display space for select items, and it will include room for reference materials that are consulted regularly by readers.

Grand Staircase - $500,000

A gift of $500,000 will provide the funding for the Grand Staircase within the Special Collections Center. One of the extraordinary design features of the new Special Collections Center is the connection between the 6th and 5th floors. Most of the programming will happen on the 6th floor, but with the rare materials housed in large glass enclosed spaces on the 5th floor, a beautifully designed staircase will connect the floors allowing for continuity between the two spaces.

Seminar Room in the Shakespeare Library - $500,000

As more classes incorporate the primary research materials, housed in Penn's special collections, into their scholarship, the demand for seminar space is increasing. A gift of $500,000 will provide the funding for a seminar room in the Shakespeare Library within the Special Collections Center. The seminar room will address the increased demand for learning spaces in close proximity to the rare materials in our collections. The seminar room will be technologically enabled with multimedia and wireless capabilities. In addition to stylish and functional furnishings, each seminar room will also include display cases and cabinets to showcase portions of one or more collections from Penn's holdings.

Seminar Rooms - $500,000

As more classes incorporate the primary research materials, housed in Penn's special collections, into their scholarship, the demand for seminar space is increasing. A gift of $500,000 will provide the funding for one state of the art seminar room within the Special Collections Center. The seminar room will address the increased demand for learning spaces in close proximity to the rare materials in our collections. The seminar room will be technologically enabled with multimedia and wireless capabilities. In addition to stylish and functional furnishings, each seminar room will also include display cases and cabinets to showcase portions of one or more collections from Penn's holdings.

Green Roof - $250,000

On the sixth floor, visitors to the Special Collections Center are met by magnificent views of campus and Center City, Philadelphia.Parts of the sixth floor expose the fifth floor roofing, which extends slightly further out in some areas. The exposed roofing will be covered with green roofs, which will offer stunning views from these primary locations, and also absorb rainwater, provide insulation and help to lower the urban air temperature. Foliage texture, winter color and summer blooms will complete the ambiance of this highly desirable new space. These living roofs add personality and life to the rooftop, making it a beautiful garden to look upon.

Manuscript Processing Room - $150,000

Curatorial Offices - $75,000

Exhibition Cases - $10,000 - $75,000

Become a Founder - $250,000

A construction gift of $250,000 entitles the donor to be named on the Founder's wall for the Special Collections Center. Such benefactors will be following in the footsteps of our original founder—Benjamin Franklin, a man who built many important and lasting public institutions for the city and the nation.

Become a Benefactor - $25,000-$250,000

Renovating the Special Collections Center requires support from a large community of individuals and organizations who believe in the advancement of scholarship through primary materials and technology. Supporters at the $25,000-$250,000 level will have their name listed in a plaque within the center recognizing their participation.