A gift of $65,000 has been received that enables the University to retain architects and engineers to plan for major changes in the Methodist Center. Compact shelving will be added to the second floor, making it possible for all special collections, scattered among the library buildings, to reside in an ideal climate-controlled environment with appropriate security. The cramped Wilson Reading Room— where all special collections and archival materials are used—will be renovated and enlarged, creating a beautiful and inspiring space. Our benefactor is Norman Tomlinson of Miami, Florida, who has given Drew his Walt Whitman and Lord Byron collections, and who was instrumental in persuading the Byron Society of America to donate its library to the university.
originally published in Visions, Spring 2011