Netherlandish Book Fund to Honor James Tanis


Mary S. Leahy

The Board of the Friends of the Library began a movement in September to create a Bryn Mawr College Library Book Fund in honor of James Tanis. Within a few weeks an endowed fund was formally established as a fitting tribute to the Director of Libraries who will be retiring after twenty-seven years of distinguished service to Bryn Mawr.

A close look at some of the classes James has taught and some of the exhibitions he has researched provided us with the idea that the fund should be used for the purchase of Netherlandish books. Through the years James has instructed students on the History of the Netherlands, the Rise of the Dutch Republic, and the Golden Age of the Netherlands. He has served as historical consultant on the "Dutch Tiles" exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. More recently he curated the "Images of Discord" exhibition and bi-lingual catalog. The latter, a travelling exhibition, was at Rotterdam, Atlas Van Stolk; Leuven, Universiteitsbibliothek; Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Bloomington, the University of Indiana Museum. His continuing work in Netherlandish studies resulted in recognition from Her Majesty, Beatrix, Queen of The Netherlands and the conferring of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 1993.

As funds permit, Netherlandish books in many fields - such as history of art, literature, history and economics - will be acquired. It is hoped that the fund will grow to enable the Library to add both current publications and source material. For those of you who wish to participate, you may do so by sending a contribution to the Resources Office.

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