The new National Churchill Library and Center will be established between 2013 and 2015 at George Washington University with an $8 million pledge from the Chicago-based Churchill Centre. Rare books and research materials will be transferred to the university’s library and housed in a new street-front center with exhibit space, officials told The Associated Press.
University President Steven Knapp said the center will become a destination for students and scholars of the former British prime minister, along with tourists visiting Washington’s many museums, archives and libraries. Churchill is widely admired for his leadership of Britain during World War II.
From the Official GWU Announcement:
The partnership includes a dedicated street-level space for the National Churchill Library and Center; a $2.5 million endowed professorship in Churchill and 20th-century British history in GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; a $2.5 million endowed curatorship of the National Churchill Library and Center; and a $1 million program and collection endowment to fund a wide range of lectures, seminars, programs and exhibits for scholars, students and visitors. An additional $2 million will be provided for renovations to the ground floor of Gelman Library to create the Churchill Library and Center, which will house an extensive collection of books and other research materials by and about Churchill and his times, as well as related exhibition space.
The GW center will serve as a repository for Churchill resource materials, such as books, pamphlets, speeches and photographs donated by members of the Churchill Centre and others.
In addition to the Churchill Library and Center, GW will also open a new George Washington University Museum in coming years, which will house the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, an unparalleled compilation of rare documents, maps and other materials related to Washington, D.C.’s history. Mr. Small donated the collection to the university in February 2011.