Thursday, December 6, 2012

UK Athletics/UK Libraries Partnerships

Dr. Carolyn Curry (3rd from left), President of UK Libraries Board at library fundraiser

Not only did UK Athletics play an essential role in the unique financing package for the William T. Young Library, but UK Athletics has long supported UK Libraries in many other ways.  UK welcomed a new head football coach to campus this week with the introduction of Coach Mark Stoops.  It is an exciting time for the Big Blue Nation and also a chance to reflect on the impact some of Coach Stoop’s predecessors have had on the university and especially on UK Libraries. 

Coach Bill Curry was a great friend of UK Libraries.  Dr. Carolyn Curry served as a member of the UK Libraries Board and Coach Curry himself gave generously to UK Libraries during his time at UK.  In the 1980’s, Coach Jerry Claiborne and Faye established an endowment in Special Collections to purchase archival material that preserve the history and culture of western Kentucky.  Faye also served as a volunteer in Special Collections. 

As we continue to build an endowment for the Big Blue Sports Archives you can already discover all sorts of informative materials pertaining to UK football history, including archival photographs, at

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