Kruse Collection

Scope and Contents

Our newest special collection is the Roger Dale Kruse Collection, thanks to a generous gift from Judge D. Michael Lynn, ’65 named in honor of Judge Lynn’s late partner. The emphasis of this growing collection is on diversity and social justice.

Roger Dale Kruse Room

The Roger Dale Kruse Room is a beautiful space in the southeast corner of the fourth floor of the Mudd Library. The funding for renovation of the space, as well as the furnishings and books was a gift of distinguished alumnus, Judge D. Michael Lynn '65. The Kruse Room is a haven for study and reflection as well as a meeting space for students, classes, and student organizations interested in diversity issues. The room was named in honor of Judge Lynn's late partner.

The art in this room was donated from the personal collection of Mr. Kruse, and includes Post-Impressionist paintings by French artists. The following is from comments made by University Librarian, Peter Gilbert, at the room's dedication ceremony:

A Library serves many purposes. It's a place for collections: books, journals, CDs, DVDs, scores… It’s a place for interacting with those collections: reading, listening, viewing….  It’s a place for creating knowledge: for writing papers, for designing posters, for writing music…  And it’s a place for reflection: for sitting quietly and thinking about the big questions, the difficult issues…

And that’s the beauty of this place. For the students, faculty, and staff who read and listen and learn and create and reflect and dream in the library, the Roger Dale Kruse Room is a haven and a home.

We’re extraordinarily grateful to Judge D. Michael Lynn for making the Roger Dale Kruse Room happen.  Not only did his gift allow us to renovate this space and provide comfortable furniture, he’s donated artwork to enhance the beauty of the space AND he’s provided resources to help us develop a collection of materials on topics relating to social justice, diversity, and tolerance.  Judge Lynn’s thoughtfulness and generosity will benefit generations of Lawrence students, faculty, and staff and we thank him.

For more images of the room, including images from the construction of the space, see our album.

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