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Giving Societies

The John C. Abbott Society

The John C. Abbott Society is the major gift annual giving society of the Friends of Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Society is named in honor of John C. Abbott, Lovejoy Library's first director. Lovejoy Library opened in September 1965 and consisted of 50,000 volumes. During his 21 years as Director, John Abbott expanded the library's collections to more than 700,000 books, 100,000 maps, 15,000 recordings, 400,000 government documents, and 400,000 microform items. In 1965 he also founded the Friends of Lovejoy Library, the volunteer fund raising organization of the Library.

Membership

The John C. Abbott Society is open to individuals who have contributed $500 or more annually to the Friends of Lovejoy Library. Donations may be made in one annual payment or in pledge payments throughout the fiscal year. Donors may designate their contribution to one of the Friends existing endowments or library collections. Once a donor's annual giving level reaches $500, they automatically become a member of the John C. Abbott Society. A special recognition reception for members is held in the fall of the year to show the library's appreciation for donor support.


Louis H. Sullivan Society

The Louis H. Sullivan Society is a giving society of the Friends of Lovejoy Library. The Society is named for Louis Sullivan, an influential architect who is often referred to as the "father of modernism". He is also widely viewed as the creator of the skyscraper and the mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright. Lovejoy library contains one of the largest collections of his architecture in the world.

Membership

The Louis H. Sullivan Society is open to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Friends of Lovejoy Library. Donations may be made in one annual payment or in pledge payments throughout the fiscal year. Donors may designate their contribution to an existing endowment or the Library's development fund. Members are invited to special events sponsored by the Library throughout the year.


Bookplates as Tributes & Memorials

You may make a gift to honor or memorialize a special person. A bookplate bearing the tribute or memorial will be placed in the item purchased with your gift. Notification will be sent to the honoree or the family. Anyone who contributes $50 or more to the Friends may make a bookplate tribute

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