The University Library is beginning the U of L’s 40th anniversary year by recognizing the generosity of a couple who have been an integral part of the U of L community.
The donor display on level 10 of the University Library features the donation of U of L President Emeritus Dr. William Beckel and his wife, Dorothy. Beckel served as the U of L’s vice-president (academic) from 1968 until 1972, when he became the third president of the University.
“The Library is very happy to recognize the Beckels’ donation during the 40th anniversary year. It’s a timely opportunity to showcase the collection, which includes numerous art books, journals and exhibition catalogues,” says Coordinator, Collection Development, Barbara Marshalsay.
The collection, which has a strong historical focus on western and northern Canadian art, isn’t the Beckels’ only legacy to the local arts community. Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) Director Marilyn Smith says Dorothy Beckel was a founding SAAG board member who helped to set the gallery’s vision.
When the Beckels donated the collection in the fall of 2004, they agreed that any materials already held by the University Library would be given to the SAAG library.
“With this generous donation, Dorothy Beckel was able to make a significant difference to two institutions with whom she had a positive history,” says Art Subject Librarian Glenna Westwood.
Beckel’s presidency at the U of L ended in 1979, and he went on to become the president of Carleton University in Ottawa later that year. The Beckels now reside in North Vancouver.
The Beckel collection is the third donation to be featured since the donor display was introduced in the fall of 2005. The Library has received positive feedback on the display and the collections it has highlighted – the Wilfrid and Magdelana Eggleston donation and the American Shelf donated by the United States embassy.
“The donor display is a wonderful chance to acknowledge what the Library’s supporters have done. Gifts in kind and financial contributions have helped shape the Library’s collection, and it’s important to let people know that their donations have been well-received,” says Marshalsay.
The University Library will showcase three donations per year in the display for at least the next five years.
To learn more about the University Library’s donation process,
please contact Donations Manager Dr. Judith Droessler at 403-329-2026 or
U of L Communications and Public Relations Contact:
Bob Cooney, Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173