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Annual Fund

Membership fees and Proprietor assessments cover only about 20% of the Athenæum’s operational expenses. Your Annual Fund donation supports and strengthens our essential operations—everyday efforts to collect, preserve, and maintain the landmark building and historical collections. Unrestricted gifts support, among other things, these key areas:

Collections and Conservation

We acquire and maintain world-renowned collections of maps, manuscripts, rare books, art, sculpture, and archival materials. Through these collections, we serve and inspire a global community of scholars.

Reference and Reader Services

Our dedicated team provides attentive and timely assistance with a wide variety of services, including interlibrary loan requests, navigation of the Athenæum’s vast circulating collection and electronic resources, and personalized research advice.

Education and Events

Through exhibitions, curator-led gallery talks, symposia, discussion groups, research opportunities, book talks, and other educational programs, we present the Athenæum’s collections to engage the intellectual curiosity of members and the public.

Maintenance and Infrastructure

Our landmark building provides twelve floors of beautiful space for reading, reflection, and open-stack browsing, in an environment that is maintained for the comfort of members and the stewardship of the collections. It is the greatest treasure under our care, and costly to maintain.

Fiscal Year 2018 Update

Thank you to the generous members and friends who gave to the Annual Fund in our last fiscal year, which ended September 30. We are pleased to report that we have raised just over $1,329,000 from 1,058 donors.

Your gifts are meaningful and appreciated.  Our next fiscal year is underway; please consider sending a gift today. Thank you!

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