Academics & Faculty

Library Receives Collection Endowment From the David Bohnett Foundation

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TheDavid Bohnett Foundation has funded a collectionendowment at the UCLA Library to support the acquisition of materials inlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies.

"Weextend our deepest thanks to the David BohnettFoundation for this generous gift," said University Librarian Gary E. Strong."UCLA's interdisciplinary program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenderstudies is an important area of teaching and research, and this endowment willenable us to expand our holdings of LGBT materials, which are used by studentsand faculty on campus as well as by scholars from throughout the area andaround the world."

UCLA has a long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender research, which began in the 1950s with UCLA research psychologistEvelyn Hooker, who was one of the earliest scholars to argue that there is nodetectable difference in the psychological health of heterosexual andhomosexual men. The university began offering courses in lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgender studies in 1976, and those studies became an undergraduateminor and an official interdisciplinary program in 1997.

Theendowment will be used to acquire materials for the Charles E. Young ResearchLibrary Department of Special Collections. The department already housesrelated collections, including the personal papers of Hooker, Rudi Gernreich, Morris Kight, Paul Monette, Michael Nava, Susan Sontagand Terry Wolverton. The Research Library also has anextensive collection of printed volumes in lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender studies in both its circulating collections and specialcollections.

Rankedamong the top 10 research libraries in the United States, the UCLA Librarysystem is a campuswide network of libraries servingprograms of study and research in many fields. Its holdings encompass some 8million volumes as well as important collections of archives, audiovisualmaterials, corporate reports, government publications, manuscripts, maps,microforms, oral history transcripts, photographs, technical reports and otherscholarly resources, as well as some 80,000 serial titles.

The DavidBohnett Foundation is dedicated to improving society through social activism. Itsmission is to provide funding, state-of-the-art technology and technicalsupport to innovative organizations and institutions that share that vision.

Other UCLAprograms the foundation has funded include the BohnettAnimal Law Speaker Series organized by the Animal Law Society at UCLA, and a CyberCenter at the LGBT Campus Resource Center and the CharlesR. Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy in the UCLASchool of Law.

Further information about the foundation is available onlineat http://www.bohnettfoundation.org/.

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