Kenneth Karmiole, a UCLA alumnus and seller of rare books, has established an endowment to create the Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship at the UCLA Library. The gift will support students, professors and researchers working with the rare primary-source materials in UCLA Library Special Collections.

“We are deeply grateful to Ken both for this exceptional gift and for his longstanding support of the UCLA Library,” said Ginny Steel, UCLA’s university librarian. “Together with his previously established collection endowment, this new gift displays his keen understanding of the importance and value of special collections to academic research and instruction.”

The endowment will allow scholars to spend up to three months working with UCLA’s special collections materials, a world-class collection of archives, rare books, manuscripts, photographs and other unique resources. These scholars’ discoveries and the knowledge they create will also help bring UCLA Library Special Collections items to the attention of wider audiences and will support UCLA’s educational and research missions.

“I hope that this fellowship will create more awareness of the fabulous resources of the UCLA Library, both archival and printed book collections,” Karmiole said.

Karmiole fellows will give presentations at the end of their time in residence and will be encouraged to share their research with other students, faculty and staff. These interactions are intended to inspire fellows and other UCLA scholars to write scholarly papers, articles and books, and to contribute to the academic and intellectual life fostered by the UCLA Library.

The endowment will be managed by UCLA Library Special Collections, and is expected to be awarded annually. It will complement several other short-term research fellowships.

Karmiole, who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971, has previously made gifts to the UCLA Library for the Kenneth Karmiole Endowment for Rare Books and Manuscripts, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has owned and operated Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, since 1976.