Funds that Support the University Libraries’ Collections
Contributions to one of the University Libraries’ Endowment Funds are an important source of money that helps us to purchase resources that improve the collections, provide state-of-the-art technology and software, and meet other important objectives.

  • The Library Endowment Fund (#80026) established through the “Wings for the Future” campaign to support the needs of Bracken Library.
  • The Class of 1941 Fund (#60041) established by the Ball State Class of 1941 as a 50-year reunion project to provide for needs of the Alexander M. Bracken Library.

In addition, there are several funds where the moneys are designated by donors for specific purposes:

  • The General Fund (#5101) supports University Libraries’ services and programs. It allows the Dean of University Libraries to purchase material, equipment, or meet other library needs, including staff training.
  • The Acquisitions Fund (#5102) supports purchase of a range of acquisitions relevant to excellence in learning and research.
  • The Friends of Alexander M. Bracken Library Fund (#5103) supports expenditures for the general welfare of the University Libraries, special collections, and programs.
  • The Edgar & Lois Seward Book Fund (#5104) established in 1988 by retired banker Edgar Seward and his wife Marjorie, a local philanthropist. Interest from this fund is used to purchase research acquisitions for the University Libraries.
  • The Alexander M. Bracken Memorial Library Fund (#5105) established by members of the Ball family to honor the memory of Alexander M. Bracken. Interest from this fund is used to purchase library material in the areas of business and law.
  • The Archives Fund (#5106) is supported by the Indiana Humanities Council to benefit the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections.
  • The Zeigler Jewish Studies Library Endowment Fund (#5107) established with moneys from the Bessie & Benjamin Zeigler Fund to acquire library material that supports Jewish Studies.
  • The Nancy K. Turner Fund (#5108) was established in honor of the former Head of Archives and Special Collections Nancy K. Turner to support the University Libraries’ Special Collections.
  • The C. William Barnett Fund (#5109), a memorial fund established by friends and colleagues in honor of the former Director of Business Services for the University Libraries, provides for the acquisition, processing, preservation, storage, and use of local and university history materials in Archives and Special Collections.
  • The Judith Cobb Fund (#5110) was made possible by a donation from the estate of the former Ball State librarian to support local history and genealogy research in Archives and Special Collections.
  • The Steinbeck Lecture Series Fund (#5112) was founded by Dr. and Mrs. Tetsumaro Hayashi in honor of Dr. Richard W. and Mrs. Dorothy Burkhardt and Dr. John J and Angeline R. Pruis to fund an annual lecture series on author John Steinbeck.
  • The Murray M. and Edith C. Wise Library Fund (#5113) was with an outright gift from Edith Croft Wise to provide support for the greatest current needs of the University Libraries.
  • Archives and Special Collections Facilities and Development Fund (#5114) was created to support facilities related expenses as well as general expenses associated with Archives and Special Collections.
  • The Steinbeck Research Fund in Honor of Dr. John Ditsky (#30226) was made possible through a generous donation by Mrs. C. Suzette Ditsky to support research in the John Steinbeck Collection in the University Libraries by emerging Steinbeck scholars.

You can help us grow through your support and donations. Donations of financial support can be sent directly to the Ball State University Foundation, 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47304. Be sure to identify the specific Libraries’ fund to which you wish to contributive, such as Library Endowment #80026.

For more information about contributing to the University Libraries, please contact the University Libraries Dean's Office at 765-285-5277.