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Save John Stuart Mill's personal library!

A project by: Somerville Spark

Successful

WE RAISED £13,641

from 83 donors

This project received pledges on Tue 07 Jul 2015
3 years, 4 months ago

Following on from our previous update, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Friends of the John Stuart Mill Library Society, which will allow Mill enthusiasts to keep in touch with progress, not only on the preservation and digitisation of the collection but also on latest research being carried out on the collection.

To find out more about information about the society and how to become a member, please do visit the Somerville website where you will be able to download the ‘Friends’ brochure and a membership form. If you are resident of the US, please do contact the Librarian, Dr Anne Manuel,  at anne.manuel@some.ox.ac.uk for details on how to subscribe.  

To formally launch this exciting society, we will be hosting the first of our annual lectures at Somerville. The event will be held at College on May 20th with guest speakers Alan Ryan and Frank Prochaska.  To register for the event, please do visit our event page for more details.’


3 years, 4 months ago

 Thanks to your tremendous support, the John Stuart Mill Library has gone from strength to strength and we are delighted to have several pieces of good news for you!


  • The Oxford Conservation Consortium has completed its survey of the volumes in the collection in order to prioritise volumes for treatment.  The report is expected this week and we plan to start work on repairs and boxing during the Spring 2016.

  • We have been successful in obtaining a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to examine every volume in the library, looking for and recording  marginalia in preparation for a digitisation project.  This survey is due to start in May/June 2016

  • We are launching a Friends of the John Stuart Mill Library group to allow Mill enthusiasts to keep in touch with progress, not only on the preservation and digitisation of the collection but also on latest research being carried out on the collection. An annual lecture will be held at Somerville to which Friends will be invited and a newsletter will be published with latest developments on the project. The launch event will be held at Somerville on May 20th with guest speakers Alan Ryan and Frank Prochaska.  Watch out for your personal invitation coming soon! 

  • To keep up to date with all our of our John Stuart Mill news, you can ‘like’ our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jsmlibrarysomerville and you can also visit the College website page at www.some.ox.ac.uk/library-it/special-collections which contains more information about this special collection.


 

4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks to your amazing and generous support, we are so excited to announce that we have reached 90% of our goal!!   We are extremely grateful to you for helping us kickstart the much needed conservation of the Mill Library, and thank you so much for sharing our campaign with your friends and colleagues.  


With the overall project costs estimated at £50k, and still 12 days left in the campaign, and such a wonderful outpouring of support, we are increasing the end goal to £13,000 with the hope that this important cause will reach as many people as possible.  

The minimum will remain £10k, ensuring that all of the hard work already achieved will allow us to begin the conservation (if we successfully cross that mark).  But a new goal will let us aim a bit higher, and with further help from our generous matched donor, the total estimated £20k conservation cost could be reached!  Any additional funds will go towards our aim to digitise and preserve the valuable marginalia.  

Once again, THANK YOU.  We simply could not have come this far without your extraordinary help. Will you help us do all we can to keep getting the word out, so that anyone who wants to can be a part of it?