A recent news report noted that officials at Kansas University’s Spencer Research Library are studying what to do with one of the most special and least-visited spots on campus.
This is the North Gallery of the library, which offers a stunning view of the area immediately north of the library and across the Kaw River Valley. To reach the gallery, visitors also pass the extremely impressive stacks of rare books that are protected by a glass enclosure.
Numerous well-intentioned individuals will have various suggestions about how best to use this space, but once in a while, it would be nice, as well as thoughtful, for KU officials to consider how the donors who made funds possible for facilities at the university might like to have the space used.
The late Kenneth and Helen Spencer were the major donors for the Spencer Research Library as well as the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. In making their generous gifts, the Spencers, as well as other donors, have had confidence that university officials would be sensitive and try to use their donations in a way that would please the donors, usually with very few strings attached.
Nevertheless, even though a donor may be long gone, it is hoped university officials will try to keep in mind the likes, dislikes and wishes of those who first provided the funds.
Given current circumstances, how would Helen Spencer want this unique and special room used now that original plans are to be changed?