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Annual Report FY 2017-18

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Donors in the east asian library
A book from the music library

Top:Left: John Shepard, curator of music collections, third from left, talks about a collection of rare musical items during the Library Legacy Circle luncheon, the first of many special viewings for the group. Bottom:Right: The Parville manuscript, circa 1700, is one of more than a dozen manuscripts of French baroque harpsichord music in the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. (Photos by Cade Johnson for the UC Berkeley Library)

Celebrating a lifetime of support

This year, the Library started a new tradition of thanksgiving. In February, the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library held a special viewing of rare materials for the Library Legacy Circle of The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society — a group of donors who have remembered the Library in their bequest plans. John Shepard, curator of music collections, gave the group a tour of the Music Library and showed off some of its greatest treasures — including an original manuscript of Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 6, scribbled in his own hand, and first editions of George Frideric Handel’s coronation odes. The showing in the Music Library was the first such event for the Legacy Circle, and the Library plans to continue the tradition annually — unearthing gems from each of the campus’s 25 libraries. “It’s because of people like you that we have a bright future,” University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason told donors at the event.