Library Receives Collection Endowment From the David Bohnett Foundation

The David Bohnett Foundation has funded a collection endowment at the UCLA Library to support the acquisition of materials in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies.

"We extend our deepest thanks to the David Bohnett Foundation for this generous gift," said University Librarian Gary E. Strong. "UCLA's interdisciplinary program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies is an important area of teaching and research, and this endowment will enable us to expand our holdings of LGBT materials, which are used by students and faculty on campus as well as by scholars from throughout the area and around the world."

UCLA has a long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender research, which began in the 1950s with UCLA research psychologist Evelyn Hooker, who was one of the earliest scholars to argue that there is no detectable difference in the psychological health of heterosexual and homosexual men. The university began offering courses in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies in 1976, and those studies became an undergraduate minor and an official interdisciplinary program in 1997.

The endowment will be used to acquire materials for the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections. The department already houses related collections, including the personal papers of Hooker, Rudi Gernreich, Morris Kight, Paul Monette, Michael Nava, Susan Sontag and Terry Wolverton. The Research Library also has an extensive collection of printed volumes in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies in both its circulating collections and special collections.

Ranked among the top 10 research libraries in the United States, the UCLA Library system is a campuswide network of libraries serving programs of study and research in many fields. Its holdings encompass some 8 million volumes as well as important collections of archives, audiovisual materials, corporate reports, government publications, manuscripts, maps, microforms, oral history transcripts, photographs, technical reports and other scholarly resources, as well as some 80,000 serial titles.

The David Bohnett Foundation is dedicated to improving society through social activism. Its mission is to provide funding, state-of-the-art technology and technical support to innovative organizations and institutions that share that vision.

Other UCLA programs the foundation has funded include the Bohnett Animal Law Speaker Series organized by the Animal Law Society at UCLA, and a CyberCenter at the LGBT Campus Resource Center and the Charles R. Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy in the UCLA School of Law.

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

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