New Col­lege has its own tradition of creating endowed book funds. These funds not only support the purchase of books and electronic resources for the Library’s general collection, but may also support the acquisition of numerous other items for special collections.

Named Book Funds

We are pleased to announce a way to support the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. There has long been a tradition of endowing named book funds at college and university libraries, both public and private. New Col­lege has its own tradition of creating book funds. These funds not only support the purchase of books and electronic resources for the Library’s general collection, but may also support the acquisition of numerous other items for special collections. The essence of a book fund is that it is added to the existing Library endowment and only a portion of the interest is used to purchase or license print and electronic materials. The principal remains in perpetuity. Our overarching goal is to significantly increase the Library endowment so that we can meet the information needs of our students and faculty.

Please consider starting a named book fund at the Cook Library in memory of or in honor of someone, in recognition of an alum or student, or a particular advisor or professor. A minimum donation of $1,000 is required. You can also donate any amount to an existing book fund. These make wonderful gifts and can be added to by anyone throughout the years to come.

Existing Named Book Funds

The Furman C. “Brud” Arthur Endowed Book Fund
Arthur (1922-2013), a Sarasota newspaperman, was the first employee hired by New College, in 1960; he served as New College’s public relations director for 25 years. His book, New College: The First Three Decades, is a history of New College from its founding through 1993. Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2012.

The Philip H. Hiss Endowed Book Fund
Hiss (1910-1988) was the founding chairman of the board of trustees of New College. Hiss played a major role in the organization of New College in its early days and in the development of its educational values. Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2012.

The John W. Gustad Endowed Book Fund
Gustad (1922-1978) was New College’s first provost and dean of the faculty. Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2012.

The David Riesman Endowed Book Fund
Harvard sociologist Riesman (1909-2002) was an influential scholar and prolific author (The Lonely Crowd, The Academic Revolution) and one of the most prominent public intellectuals of his time. He visited New College frequently during its early years and wrote perceptively about New College in his book The Perpetual Dream: Reform and Experiment in the American College. Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2012.

The James W. and Lois D. Pritchard Endowed Book Fund
Parents of New College alumnus James Pritchard. Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2012.

The Nan Freeman ’71 Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2014

The Deborah Rabinowitz ’65 Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2014

The Nell Eurich Lazarus Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2014

The Victor L. Butterfield Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2014

The William P. “Bill” Thurston ’64 Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2014

William P. Thurston (1946-2012) was a 1967 graduate of New College, a member of the charter class. He went on to become one of the most famous mathematicians in history. He was a pioneer in the field of low-dimensional topology. His interest in this topic began at New College, where for his thesis he developed an intuitionist foundation for topology. Thurston revolutionized the study of topology in two and three dimensions, showing interplay between analysis, topology and geometry. For that, he — at age 37 — won the Fields Medal, an honor often equated to the Nobel Prize in mathematics. He received a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at MIT, Princeton, Berkeley, UC Davis and Cornell. Thurston had always credited New College with providing him with the freedom and the encouragement to think and explore. He revolutionized his field by thinking fearlessly and deeply about the simplest questions.

The Senator Bob and Pat Johnson Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2015

The Ken ’64 and Abby ’65 Misemer Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2015

The Justus D. Doenecke Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2015

The Aaron Sayvetz Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2018

The Lynndon Clough Endowed Book Fund
Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2018


Other Ways to Support Cook Library

There are many ways to support the mission of Cook Library. Naming opportunities, endowed chairs, direct support to services and initiative, and other forms of significant giving are available. For more information on how you can support the library, please contact the New College Foundation at 941-487-4800 or foundation@ncf.edu.