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Antiquarian Bookseller Ken Karmiole Establishes Collection Endowment at the UCLA Library

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KenKarmiole, owner of Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller Inc., in Santa Monica, has given $100,000 to the UCLALibrary to establish the Kenneth Karmiole Endowment for Rare Books andManuscripts, which will support the acquisition of special collections materialsthroughout the Library. Karmiole is the first member of the Library's recentlyestablished Board of Visitors to make a major gift in support of the Library.

"Ken'sgenerosity and leadership are exemplary," said University Librarian Gary E.Strong. "He understands the importance of the Library's need for funding tomake extraordinary purchases of rare books and manuscripts to support thecurriculum and the research needs of scholars here at UCLA and worldwide."

Theendowment will be used to acquire materials for the Louise M. DarlingBiomedical Library History and Special Collections, Performing Arts SpecialCollections and the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of SpecialCollections. Holdings in these departments encompass artists' books, businessarchives, drawings and prints, literary manuscripts, maps, museum objects,personal papers, photographs, rare books, printed and manuscript music scoresand scripts.

Although his was the initial gift to establish thisendowment, Karmiole said he feels very strongly that others who support rarebooks and manuscripts should also give to the fund.

"The UCLA Library requires private support for themaintenance and development of its collections in order to guarantee the futureof first-class scholarly research at UCLA," he noted.

Rankedamong the top five research libraries in the United States, the UCLA Librarysystem is a campus-wide network of libraries serving programs of study andresearch in many fields. Its holdings encompass some eight million volumes aswell as important collections of archives, audiovisual materials, corporatereports, government publications, manuscripts, maps, microforms, oral historytranscripts, photographs, technical reports and other scholarly resources, aswell as some 80,000 serial titles.

Karmiole earneda bachelor's of arts in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara,and a master's in library science with a specialization in rare books andmanuscripts from UCLA.

Other UCLAprograms he has funded include the Kenneth Karmiole Lecture Series on theHistory of the Book Trade in the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-CenturyStudies at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Kenneth KarmioleFellowship in the Department of Information Studies, which supports one studenteach year in the field of rare books and manuscripts.

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