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Spence gift creates Ludwig endowment

A gift from a Nobel laureate and his wife will enable users of the Princeton University library to read the selected correspondence of a four-time British prime minister and other rare materials.

Michael Spence, a 1966 Princeton graduate and a winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, and his wife, Monica, have made a generous donation to create the Richard Ludwig Endowment. The acquisitions fund is named in honor of Ludwig, professor of English emeritus and former chair of the Program in American Studies.

From 1974 to 1985, Ludwig served as associate University librarian for rare books and special collections and, in this capacity, was responsible for significant additions to the holdings. Annual income from the new fund will be used to acquire books, manuscripts and other rare or unique library materials pertaining to English and American literature.

Spence is the Philip Knight Professor Emeritus and former dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. As a Princeton undergraduate, he studied literature with Ludwig. He earned his A.B. in philosophy, summa cum laude, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. He was one of three economists who shared the Nobel Prize last year for their work in advancing new ways to analyze markets.

The first purchase through the Ludwig fund is the "Ottley Collection of William Ewart Gladstone Correspondence, 1841-1908." While serving as leader of the Liberal Party and four-time British prime minister between 1869 and 1894, Gladstone not only corresponded with other statesmen like Benjamin Disraeli and Lord Palmerston, but also with many authors, artists and musicians.

Among some 180 documents in this collection are autographed letters from Robert Browning, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Samuel Langhorne Clemens ("Mark Twain"), Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll"), Kate Greenaway, Sir George Grove, Henry James, Joseph Joachim, Andrew Lang, James Russell Lowell, Sir John Everett Millais, Florence Nightingale, John Ruskin, George Augustus Sala, Anthony Trollope, Mrs. Humphry Ward and Charlotte Yonge.

For more information about this collection, contact the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University library at 258-3184.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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