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County Library Receives Donation for Genealogical Material

Press Release

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
St. Louis County Library is pleased to announce the receipt of a large donation for its Special Collections Genealogy Department. The children and grandchildren of William C.E. and Bessie K. Becker have made a substantial donation to obtain new material for the library’s already large collection.
The family members expressed their wish to put the gift to use for the immediate betterment of Special Collections and its genealogical researchers.
“We are immensely grateful to receive such a generous gift,” said Special Collections’ Manager Joyce Loving. “The William C.E. and Bessie K. Becker Collection will include materials that will greatly expand the opportunity for our patrons to find the answers they need. This will be a lasting tribute to the family and an enduring gift to the genealogical community.”
Library Foundation Board President Maurice Quiroga expressing the Board’s gratitude for the gift, noted, “This is a wonderful opportunity to put these funds to use immediately to acquire additional materials that further enhance the caliber of genealogical research offered by the library. We greatly appreciate this donation.” 
St. Louis County Library has one of the largest genealogical collections of materials in the country, attracting researchers from across the Midwest and the nation. The gift from the Beckers’ family further secures the Library’s national reputation as a genealogical hub.