Memorializing Someone

Gifts to Tulane University Special Collections are a wonderful way to preserve someone's memory.

Thelma Toole
Thelma Toole at one of her last public performances, 1980. An anonymous donor created an endowed fund in Thelma Toole’s memory in 2001.

While gifts in honor of someone can be of several types (bequests made through a will; deferred gifts that provide you or others with a life income and then benefit the library; or outright gifts, such as cash or marketable securities) one of the more common ways to permanently remember someone is by creating an endowed fund.

An endowed fund keeps the principal intact and uses only the income. We can establish a new endowed fund for a minimum of $50,000 in your name or the name of someone you wish to memorialize. Friends or family who wish to remember a loved one can then make additional donations to the fund.

We have other naming opportunities available in addition to endowed funds.

Two specific goals are a named directorship and a named division for Tulane University Special Collections. Either would be a wonderful way to share one's commitment to supporting scholarship and preserving our cultural heritage.

To discuss these and other options for supporting Tulane University Special Collections, please contact Jillian Cuellar, Director of Special Collections, at