Named Book Funds

We are pleased to announce a new 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 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 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 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 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 Book Fund
Parents of New College alumnus James Pritchard. Established by James W. “Jimmy” Pritchard III ’72 in 2012.

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