UNLV alumna Beverly Rogers is establishing a $5 million endowment to support a rare books curator and bolster the rare books collection at the UNLV University Libraries.
The endowment will fund the Beverly Rogers Rare Books Curator, the first named position in the University Libraries. Rogers will also donate her personal book collection, valued at more than $1 million, to the libraries’ Special Collections and Archives division.
The Rogers collection contains four sub-genres: Victorian First Editions; Joseph Conrad Firsts & Association copies; John Steinbeck Firsts & Association copies; and “Books About Books.”
“This unique collection of Victorian literature, forgeries, railway editions, catalogs, serial magazines, and first editions is unrivaled in the Southwest. Bev’s collection will be an amazing collection for researchers and UNLV students to utilize and enhance our reputation as an R1 institution,” said Maggie Farrell, dean of the University Libraries at UNLV. “We are honored that Bev has chosen to establish this endowment for UNLV and will entrust her collection to our Special Collections and Archives.”