Northwestern has received a significant gift from the estate of alumna Marie A. Quinlan. The gift will benefit University Library’s preservation department and will help protect fragile and distinctive research assets in many formats, including books, archival materials, textiles, art, audio, film, and digital collections. The library’s preservation program is nationally known for its conservation work, research, and training initiatives.
The gift also established an endowed position within the library. Scott W. Devine, the head of the library’s preservation department, was awarded the “Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation and Conservation” title at an investiture ceremony March 13 in Northwestern’s Deering Library.
Both Quinlan and her husband, George, graduated from Northwestern in 1933. He passed away in 1990 and she in 2010. She was a mathematics teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 25 years.
Quinlan was an active member of the Northwestern University Library Board of Governors for two decades and was made a Life Member in 2000. She and her husband donated annually to Northwestern for decades, including a period of 31 consecutive years.
“We are extremely grateful for Marie’s dedication to the Northwestern University Library over many years,” said Sarah M. Pritchard, Dean of Libraries and Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian. “Her passion for education was a driving force in her work with the library. She had a sincere commitment to preserving and protecting the library's collections for the benefit of all Northwestern users. She helped build the library into the extraordinary resource it is today.”