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Kilinski estate donates books, papers to CUL


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Karl Kilinski II

The legacy of classical scholar Karl Kilinski II lives on at SMU through a gift from his estate to Central University Libraries. More than 84 large boxes of his books and research materials were donated to CUL in the spring of 2012.

Kilinski, an internationally known art historian and archaeologist, as well as an admired professor at SMU, died in 2011 after 30 years on the Meadows School of the Arts faculty.

“The donation of Dr. Kilinski’s personal library of classical materials in art and the humanities to Hamon and Fondren Libraries, as well as his research papers to DeGolyer Library, will certainly be a rich addition to CUL’s collections,” says Gillian M. McCombs, Dean and Director.  “CUL looks forward to making these substantial resources available to faculty, students and the community at large.”

The gift is now being processed and includes books on classical art and architecture, which will be housed in the Hamon. Books on a wide variety of subjects, including ancient history and classical mythology, will become part of Fondren Library Center’s collection. The SMU Archives will maintain his research papers.

This piece originally appeared in Central University Libraries 2011-2012 Annual Report.