DeGolyer Library can be a beneficiary of your estate if you include a bequest in your will stating simply that a certain dollar amount, or a certain asset (such as real estate or securities or a book or print collection), or a certain percentage of your estate shall pass to DeGolyer Library. If you already have a will but it does not yet include a charitable bequest to DeGolyer Library, you can amend it with a codicil. A bequest may also be made in honor or in memory of another individual. All outright bequests to DeGolyer Library are exempt from federal estate taxes, and there is no limitation on the size of the gift.
Your bequest can be completely unrestricted, or you can designate that it be used for a particular purpose, for example to fund acquisitions, research fellowships, or publications, or to endow a particular position. The Director of the Library and the SMU Office of Development would be pleased to discuss your plans and wishes with you.
In 1974, the transfer of the assets of the DeGolyer Foundation to Southern Methodist University made possible the creation of this special collections library. Your bequest will build on this tradition and enable us to continue to serve the advanced research needs of SMU students and professors as well as the wider community of scholars.