Electronic Bookplates

People make contributions to the University Libraries for many reasons — to mark a momentous occasion, to celebrate an achievement or milestone, to show gratitude, or to give public tribute to a person’s life or service. The Libraries’ electronic bookplates, displayed here and in the online catalog, provide a lasting means of recognition. To view the items in the catalog bearing the electronic bookplates shown below, click on the bookplate’s title.
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Alumni Chair in the Humanities Fund

The Alumni Chair in the Humanities fund was established in 1993. Its endowment includes a fund for the purchase of Library materials in Humanities. The Alumni Chair selects these in collaboration with other humanities faculty and the Libraries.


Brother Thomas William Bolts, S.M.

Brother Thomas William Bolts, S.M. served as a teacher and administrator at Junipero Serra High School, Riordan High School and St. Louis School. From 1982-1990 Brother served as the Assistant Provincial/Director of Education of the Province of the Pacific. Brother’s interests are in Catholic American life, and he authored several books including The Catholic Experience in America. He chose the University of Dayton to receive his extensive collection of materials.

Bob Brecha

Bob Brecha is a professor in the physics department and a member of the electro-optics graduate program. His concerns are issues related to energy and the environment. Of special interest are the consequences and challenges related to future fossil-fuel depletion.


Business School

These books are purchased by SBA in memory of faculty and their family members.

Cameron Collection

Mysteries and other leisure reading materials from the library of Dr. Alex Cameron, a faculty member in the English Department from 1964-2003 and pronouncer for the National Spelling Bee, 1979-2003.

Julien M.Christensen Fund

Established in honor of Julien M.Christensen, a noted researcher in Human Factors who served on the UD Psychology faculty from 1956-1966. This endowment funds the purchase of materials in Human Factors and related fields.

Faculty Milestone Recognition Program

The University of Dayton Office of the Provost and the University Libraries initiated a program in 2017 to recognize faculty promotions, inviting each honored faculty member to select a book for the library's general collection that influenced his or her professional or personal life. Each book contains a bookplate commemorating the faculty member's milestone achievement.

Carl Friese

Books donated by the family of a former student in honor of Carl F. Friese, Ph.D., Professor of Biology.

Paul J. Morman Fund

Established by Paul J. Morman,UD Professor of History and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, with funds from the 2004 Lackner Award. This fund is used to purchase new books for the United States Catholic Collection.

Fred Pestello

Purchased in honor of Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., former provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a strong supporter of the University Libraries.

Fr. Roesch Endowment

Named in honor of Father Raymond A. Roesch, S.M., President of the University of Dayton (1959-1979), this endowment supports the purchase of library materials in all fields. Funds from the Roesch Endowment are often used to support significant one-time purchases, databases and library materials for new faculty and new courses or programs.

Benjamin Smilg Fund

This fund in memory of Benjamin Smilg supports the purchase of Library materials in Engineering Technology.

John Stokes and Mary's Gardens Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of John S. Stokes, Jr., and the records of his organization, Mary's Gardens. Materials in the collection date primarily from 1952 through 1990. The collection includes Stokes' manuscripts, correspondence, research materials, articles, photographs, audio recordings and ephemera related to his interests in Catholicism, the Blessed Virgin Mary, gardening, names and symbolism of plants and flowers associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mary's Gardens movement, social justice, civil rights, ecumenism and other related themes. Additionally, some materials deal with Stokes' website, also called Mary's Gardens.

David H. Terry Fund

David H.Terry donated this endowment to support the purchase of library materials in Business.

Joseph B. Tierney Fund

This fund in memory of Joseph B. Tierney (class of 1952) purchased many volumes of poetry.

U.S. Catholic Collection

This special collection preserves records of the Catholic Church and Catholic life in the United States and supports the University's doctoral program in Religious Studies focusing on the U.S. Catholic experience.

Laila and Robert Werner Gift

Robert (Class of 1936) and Laila Werner donated nearly 1 million dollars for the purchase of Library books between 1995 and 2003.

George Zimmerman

In 2001 this special collection was donated to the Libraries by Professor Emeritus George Zimmerman. This multifaceted collection consists of dozens of musical instruments from many parts of the world, over 1200 pieces of rare American sheet music, and musical scores of American musicals.