Presentation of Millionth Volume Set for Wednesday

Posted: April 1, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Daniele Struppa will officially present his millionth volume gift to the university’s libraries tomorrow, and the exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and other valuable materials will be formally opened. The ceremony will feature a lecture by Struppa, “From Collecting Books to Donating Them: A Process of Internal Discovery,” and will include remarks by President Alan Merten, Provost Peter Stearns, and Vice President for Information Technology Joy Hughes. The collection will remain on exhibit in the Mason Hall atrium through April 10.

“It is with tremendous pride that George Mason’s libraries dedicated the 2002-03 academic year to a celebration of a significant milestone–one million volume holdings,” writes John Zenelis, university librarian and associate vice president of Information Technology, in the foreword to the Millionth Volume commemorative catalog. “Dean Struppa’s gift, which forms and establishes the Daniele C. Struppa Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts, is an exceptional illustration of the breadth of recorded knowledge and communication of bequeathed wisdom across the ages. From the mathematical theories and proofs of Euclid, to the satires of Juvenal, and to later manuscripts and photographs bearing the imprimatur of Puccini and Mahler, Professor Struppa’s gift embodies his professional and intellectual pursuits, as well as his lifelong recreational passions.”

While most titles in the collection are scholarly treatises about mathematics, one item is the Roman poet Juvenal’s Satirae, the earliest imprint in the collection, and of outstanding quality in its printing, paper, and woodcuts. The collection also contains manuscripts and photographs that reflect Struppa’s passion for classical music.

The celebration of the millionth volume presentation and exhibition is held in the Mason Hall Board Room and Atrium from 3 to 5 p.m. RSVP to Adriana Ercolano at (703) 993-3389 or aercolan@gmu.edu.

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