Give to Special Collections

Help keep Special Collections a vital and vibrant institution that makes its collections publicly available for research, scholarship, and teaching of future generations. You can help preserve the history of Tucson and the Southwest in many ways, including sponsoring name plates, giving monetary donations, and donating materials that fit within the scope of Special Collections.

Your gift will help identify, preserve, and showcase archival artifacts not found anywhere else. With your help we can:

  • Acquire collections that capture moments of history, culture, and experience
  • Digitize our collections so that a global community can access the treasures held within the archives
  • Showcase our collections through exhibits and public programs

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Donate materials

We care for the unique items our donors entrust to us. See what we collect and our collection development policy to learn more.

If you have material you’d like us to consider adding to our collection, contact us.


We have a number of eminent endowments established by individuals with exceptional vision. Browse all library endowments or learn more about our highlighted endowments for Special Collections.

Ann-Eve and Emery Johnson Library Endowment
Acquires special books in the Fine Arts and Humanities with a heavy emphasis on art books with beautiful reproductions (this emphasis is perpetuated by family). Purchases are as requested by staff of Special Collections, college of Fine Arts or University of Arizona Museum of Art

Jacquie and Jim McNulty Endowment
Supports and enhances Special Collections especially to care for and manage photos, manuscripts, and archives

Fay and Lawrence Clark Powell Endowment for Southwest Research
Supports purchasing southwest research materials

Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer Endowment
Supports the acquisitions of materials (e.g., photographs, books and archives) for all the Library's special collections

Polly Hamilton Special Collections Endowment
Acquires unique materials for Special Collections

Bertie Berry and Virginia Hayden Women of Mystery Collection and Archive Endowment
To purchase women mystery writers' books and archival materials

Ruth Goodhue Chasteney Memorial Endowment
Supports the acquisitions of materials and books of English and American Literature

Della Cole Distler Memorial Endowment
Supports the acquisitions of materials in Humanities

Henry F. Dobyns Applied Anthropology Endowment
For the purchase, processing, digitization, and preservation of Applied Cultural Anthropology collections

Guadalupe Southwest Hispanic Endowment
Supports acquisitions in Southwest Hispanic Culture

W. David Laird and Helen Ingram Library Endowment
Purchases and strengthens library materials in Southwest desert ecology and environment

Edith Goodhue Reiber-Magnuson Memorial Endowment
Supports acquisitions in English and American Literature

Nancy D. Solomon Artists' Books Endowment
Purchases artists' books for Special Collections

Ken Wolfgang and Kendra Gaines Library Endowment
Provides research fellowships for graduate students (using Special Collections) engaged in moving image studies

Vaudeville Fund
Supports Special Collections in the acquisition of Vaudeville materials