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“The minute I held Library of America’s Parkman volume — even before I read it — I knew I would become its Guardian.”—Andrea G. Stillman Guardian of Francis Parkman: The Oregon Trail, The Conspiracy of Pontiac Adopted in memory of her aunt, Mary Riepma Ross (1910–2013)

You can have a permanent association with a great American writer by adopting a Library of America volume through the Guardians of American Letters Fund. The volume you select will be kept permanently in print and preserved for generations to come.

Your endowment of a volume can express your own admiration for an author or body of writing or it can pay tribute to a loved one’s interests, avocation, or life’s work. You can adopt a volume in honor of a reader or in memory of a friend, family member, or mentor.

Guardians and individuals they designate are recognized on a special acknowledgment page in the front of the volume of their choice. This acknowledgment will appear in every future printing of the book.

How to Become a Guardian

Review the list of volumes available for adoption and select one or more writers or volumes that have personal significance for you or someone close to you.

Notify Library of America that you are considering adopting a volume. Library of America staff are happy to assist you in making your selection and will send you a sample acknowledgment page so that you may see how your commitment will be recognized in perpetuity.

Pledging a Gift to the Guardians Fund

The pledge to become a Guardian is $75,000, payable by either cash or stock donation. The pledge is typically paid all at once but may be paid in two equal installments over two years. If you would like to arrange payment in installments, Library of America staff will customize a payment schedule for you.

You may also adopt a volume with a planned gift as part of your estate plan. If you would like information about how to become a Guardian of American Letters with a legacy gift, please consult with Caroline Horn, Director of Institutional Advancement at (212) 308-3360.

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